YMCA Calgary Celebrates Kids and Dads

Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day. It is also the first day of summer for 2015.

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Let the celebrations begin – welcome the summer season and take time to acknowledge and celebrate wonderful relationships between kids and Dads.

YMCA Calgary is all about promoting family fun with a health and wellness focus. Here are some ideas of ways to recognize Father’s Day:

  • enjoy a cooling swim in one of YMCA Calgary’s four indoor pools (Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy)
  • take a walk or run in a local park. Eau Claire YMCA has some great running trails right out the front door – check the map that is posted in the lobby
  • explore a natural environment. Nosehill, Fish Creek and Edworthy Parks all have wonderful natural areas. Just slightly further afield is Elbow Falls, Kananaskis Country, Grassi Lake and the whole of Banff National Park
  • visit the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller; making time to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs along the outdoor trails
  • share a favourite activity with the special kid(s) or man in your life – golf (regular or mini), lego building, princess party, attend a local baseball game…
  • have fun together as big and little kids – a water blast game, backyard fort building, tag games or a soccer game in the neighbourhood field

Enjoy time spent with family and friends on June 21st – perhaps include a mid or late day BBQ. For great BBQ ideas check out Canadian Living Magazine – steaks, side dishes, healthy BBQ and more.

And, for all the Dads out there – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!


New for 2015 – Mountain Bike Camp at Camp Chief Hector YMCA – bikes provided

Overnight camp for 10-year old boys and girls – Mistaya – Mountain Bike Option
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
July 5 – 17 | females
July 19 – 31 | males
Aug 2 – 14 | males
$1180 + GST

UPDATE: Recently we were able to acquire mountain bikes and helmets from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).

The bikes are the ACE Mountain Bikes. They are excellent for riders between 9 and 11 years-old. They have been tested on-site here, and they perform very well. They will be tuned up before each program.The helmets are the MET Xilo Helmet for children and youth. They are a quality helmet, with padding and adjustable straps to ensure a proper and comfortable fit on all children.We would ask that campers use the camp-supplied mountain bikes and helmets while at camp this summer. This will be a convenience to many. It will provide a level-playing-field for the campers, and it will assist with the tuning and maintenance by the MTB program staff at camp.

Campers and counsellors will spend two days of their camp experience exploring our trails and surrounding natural areas. The group is introduced to the basics of mountain biking technique and simple bike maintenance by a staff member who is also a certified cycling coach; trained as an Alberta Bicycle Association Community Cycling- Initiation (CCI). Before their half day (2-4 hour) rides, the group learns to manage the risks associated with travel on trails, group management and wildlife concerns. Over the course of their stay at camp, the group will set out on 4 of these half day rides, introducing and reviewing skills learned on each trip. This program is intended for novice riders.

Read the full description of Mistaya Mountain Bike Camp.

As with all camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA, financial assistance is available.

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Software Upgrade


On Monday June 8, we are unable to process any credit card or debit payments as we implement a software upgrade to serve you better.

During this period, drop-in fees will not be charged but picture ID will be required for access. Please ask our staff about options for program registration and membership purchase.

Thank you for your patience as we work to better serve our community!

Eau Claire YMCA Swim Club at the Canadian Masters Swim Championships


Recent Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Carli Tyson, and the Eau Claire swim club recently participated in the Canadian Masters Swim Championships in Montreal. The event was hosted by Masters Swimming Canada and was open to all Canadian and International registered Masters level swimmers.

The Eau Claire YMCA swim club sent 6 members to the competition; Steven Ritchie, Derek Brandschwei, Dave de Vlieger, Stuart Dalgleish, Steve Milchak and Carli Tyson. About 900 swimmers of all different ages and abilities participated in the competition, including a few former Olympians, but the Eau Claire swim club quickly rose to the top of the leader boards.

The team brought home 13 individual medals (3 gold, 5 silver & 5 bronze) and two of their relays placed in the top 3 with another 15 individual swims placing in the top 8.  In addition, they had 5 individual swims that placed in the top 10 overall.  Last, but definitely not least, the club placed 3rd overall in the Small Team Category, which included a total of 98 teams from across the country!

When asked what this success meant to the swim club, Carli said, “It just motivated me to want to volunteer more.  It was great to see our little program have such great results”.


We would like to congratulate Carli and the rest of the Eau Claire YMCA swim club on all their success. Your efforts and work ethic truly embody the YMCA values!


The Eau Claire YMCA swim club. From left to right: Derek Brandschwei, Steve Milchak, Carli Tyson,  Steven Ritchie, Dave de Vlieger and Stuart Dalgleish.

YMCA Calgary: Community Impact Plan 2015

Community Impact Plan 2015

Throughout 2014 YMCA Calgary gathered information from members and program participants to learn about your experiences with the YMCA. These experiences inform the ongoing development of programs and services and also form the basis of our priorities as an Association. Below is a brief summary of the findings and action steps we’ll take to improve your YMCA experience and our impact in the community.

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What we learned:

  • Everyone is on a YMCA journey. Thousands of people from all walks of life come in and out of the YMCA each day. Our members and participants embark upon personal journeys to belong, grow, thrive and lead from the moment they walk through the door. The most common reasons people participate are to support their children’s development and to improve their own well-being.
  • Relationships Matter. Member and participant relationships with staff and volunteers are both the catalyst to their personal success and one of the main reasons they keep coming to the YMCA.
  • Commitment to Community. Each of our members and participants contribute to the YMCA’s ability to make a positive impact. The YMCA provides a friendly, welcoming and safe environment for families and individuals to come to be part of something larger than themselves; part of a community.


Where we do go from here?




We’re excited to use the information we gathered in order to create a better, more meaningful YMCA experience for everyone!

LINC Multi-Cultural Celebrations

South Collage 1Twice a year, YMCA Calgary LINC students come together to celebrate their cultures with a special Multi-Cultural Event. Recently, the South LINC classes held a beautiful cultural showcase in the lobby of the Shawnessy YMCA, and the North LINC classes took visitors on an exciting road trip around Canada at 1000 Voices in the Genesis Centre.

If you missed it, here are some highlights of these exciting events. Stay tuned for the next Multi-Cultural Event – we have them every May and November!


North LINC students worked together in groups representing each province and territory of Canada. During the event, students set up displays in their classrooms; each room was a different part of Canada. Everyone had a chance to visit each unique area of Canada, and learn about what makes it special. Of course, Alberta and Calgary got a little bit of extra attention! At each stop, students asked questions, collected stickers on a map, and had a chance to win Canada-themed prizes. By the end of the day, everyone had been to every province and territory!

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Meanwhile, on the opposite end of Calgary, South LINC students worked together in groups representing dozens of countries from around the world. They showcased their cultures with traditional games, delicious food, beautiful clothing, and lots of music. The event was open to the public, so visitors of all ages from the Shawnessy community were able to experience the fun and excitement of the celebration.

Great job, LINC! What a fun and exciting day for everyone. I can’t wait for the next event!

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Y7G: Empowering Youth to Reach Their Potential

Written by Shay Whitney, Aboriginal Manager, Community YMCA.

Exciting News!

Y7G is now a High School Accredited program at Crescent Heights High School.

This provides participants who take the course to gain high school credits, while learning new and exciting skills and cultural knowledge. This is the first time that Y7G has had high school credits given out with the program. Once the students successfully complete the program, they are awarded the credits just like any other high school course. Currently Y7G is only running at Crescent Heights High School, but is looking to expand into other high schools soon.



What is Y7G?

Y7G is a leadership program for Aboriginal youth in the city of Calgary. In the program, the participants are given opportunities to discover traditional leadership skills, employment skills, modern life skills, education and study skills, relationship building and team building.


Mixed in with traditional teachings and practices, arts and identity discoveries, Y7G seeks to create a holistic balance with the curriculum and knowledge that the participants are involved with. The goal is to help instill an essence of self-empowerment as a youth and as an Aboriginal person, while embracing the Seven Sacred Teachings of our people and the YMCA Four Core Values.


Saddletowne YMCA Sport Development Camps

Get in the game this summer with Saddletowne YMCA’s Sport Development Camps!

Sport Development Camp

Soccer and Basketball Camps

Get an introduction to disciplined training, by building, developing and refining sport-specific skills. This week-long sport development camp focuses on personal and group growth, and applies learning in a variety of fun and exciting environments.

Through fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, campers will build their expertise. Fair play is important when developing a love of the game!
Camps run from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day.

Register today online, or by visiting or calling Member Services, 403-237-2393.

Dates: July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31|2015
Ages: 10-15 years
M $170 / week NM $190 / week

Space still available for overnight camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

As of May 27, the following camps still  have room:


10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 19-31 & Aug 2-14

11Y Mistaya 13-day | Trip to Gray Jay | Jul 5-17 & Jul 19-31

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Aug 2-14

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Canoe | Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Hike | Aug 2-14 & Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Horse | Aug 16-28

14Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Mainsite) | Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Gray Jay site) | Jul 5-17 & Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike/Horse (Gray Jay site) | Aug 16-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Canoe/Hike | Aug 2-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


Read about all of our Summer Camps at our website. Did you know that we offer weekend programs, site rentals, weddings and more?

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622.

As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.