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Grade 6 Launch Party!

The grade 6 launch party was a great success with lots of people coming to the facility and participating in different activities! Keep an eye out for more special event!

Octobers activity schedules for October will be up soon, for your individual facility please check here.

 


Master Chef Challenge – A Success!

On September 26, 2015 Crowfoot YMCA had a Master Chef Challenge event for Grade 6 members. There were 10 teams of Master Chefs who worked together to create delicious desserts. It was a blast!

Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook page!

If you are in Grade 6, make sure you register for our next free event! We are having a Halloween Party on October 24th! See you there!

 


Grade 6 Updates at the Shawnessy Y

Check out this awesome creation from Lego free build yesterday!

 There is Floor hockey tonight, Wednesdays 5 -6pm in gym 1.

Don’t forget to register for our launch party this Saturday from 1 to 3pm there will be loads  of awesome activities for the whole family ! Course code #107011
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As always check out the Grade 6 activity schedule for the month, each branch has their own and can be found here!

Thanks for reading and see hopefully you soon!

 


6 Ways to Fit Activity Into a Busy Life!

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It’s that time of year… summer holidays have come and gone, school’s back in, the days are shorter, and it’s to get back into regular routines.  It can be a hectic time with so much going on, making it difficult to find the time for exercise and activities.

We all know those people that seem to have found a balance between the hustle and bustle of daily life and staying active. What do these people do to help them succeed and stay on track?  The answer is that they’ve figured out a strategy that works for them!  Here are some tips to help you do the same.

 

1- Figure out the best time of day

  • The best time is the time that you know you can get your activity in most consistently.
  • Did you know that all YMCA Calgary locations are open from 5:30am-10:30pm M-F and weekends too! We also have over 100 fitness classes running all times of day to ensure you can find the class you want at the right time.

2- Schedule it in, make it non-negotiable

  • Once you know what time of day works best for you, schedule it into your day timer or calendar and make it a non-negotiable commitment. It’s about making it a priority in your life.

3- Find an activity you can look forward to

  • People who exercise regularly have likely found the activity that suits their lifestyle and personality the best – and they look forward to it!
  • At YMCA Calgary, we know that not everyone loves the gym or likes to run. From swimming to rock climbing, badminton and sports leagues – we have something to entice all interests and abilities. Click here for more information on our programs.

4- Make it a family event

  • If family commitments make it tough to find time to be active, bring them along! Schedule a walk after dinner, kick the ball around in a local park or take them to open swim time or Family Yoga at the YMCA.

5- Something is better than nothing!

  • Life is full of disruptions and changes – do your best to plan around these and remember that even a quick 5 min walk is better than nothing at all! If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up, just get back on.

6- Get help with an activity routine

  • If you’ve tried all these tips and still struggle to fit activity into your routine, try meeting with one of our Wellness Coaches at YMCA Calgary. Click here for more information and to book an appointment.

 

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For more information on programs and services that will help you become and stay active for life, visit your local YMCA or check out www.ymcacalgary.org.


LINC Summer Fun!

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Neelam’s Class

I can’t believe September is here already! It has been a busy summer for the YMCA Calgary LINC classes. Let’s see what everyone has been up to this summer.

Jackie’s South LINC class took a field trip to Fish Creek Park, where they had a traditional Canadian BBQ. The class had fun in the sun, ate delicious food, and learned a few things, too! For example, one of Jackie’s students said,  “First, I think before we want to have outdoor activity, we should have plan and have a list. Second, I can see everyone help together to make a fire and clean up after finish activity.” Great tips!

After the BBQ, a student said, “This was the first time I had been celebrated at the park with my classmates in Canada. So I was very happy at that time.” Another student said, “Actually, that activity was just wow. We had lots of fun. Because of BBQ, we enjoyed foods. We played games, which was also fun.”  Sounds like the first Canadian BBQ was a success!

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Jackie’s Class BBQ

Jessica’s LINC class at South Health Campus worked hard on a new Community Garden project. Students  learned about what to grow in Calgary’s climate, and worked together to plant, water, and harvest their crops. One of Jessica’s students gave some feedback about the garden.

“The garden is a wonderful place which I rarely felt so before. Whenever I walk into the garden, I can not help being in a state of resembling intoxication by the fresh and fragrant air. Before touching the garden, I didn’t have any experience in how to handle a garden, but I am knowing more and more since I was attracted by the garden like watering, soil handling, etc.” – Helen

Meanwhile, Neelam’s North LINC class was busy creating Story Sacks and learning about the benefits of reading to kids. The students practiced their stories with kids from the YMCA Preschool and Childcare programs. Everyone had a blast! Great job!

Story Time!

Story Time!

Carly’s North LINC class went indoor rock-climbing, with the help of some awesome Saddletowne YMCA Volunteers! Carly’s class bravely climbed the wall, and some students even conquered a fear of heights. Osama, a young man from Pakistan, perfectly summed up the activity. “I so scared, my arms feel so weak and like jelly. I sweat so much, I thought my glasses fell off. My teacher and friends encourage and cheer for me, so I try a second time. The second time I feel like a king. I went more high than the first time. I am brave now.” Way to go, everybody!!

Climbing High!

Climbing High!

Osama Climbs!

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Horseback riding lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Horseback riding lessons | 7-8Y and 9-11Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sundays | September 13, 20, 27 and October 4 | 2:30-4pm
$140

Instruction includes how to groom a horse (brushing, picking hooves), how to tack and untack (saddle & bridle), and basic riding skills in the arena. Time will be split evenly between horsemanship and riding. Participants will learn to feel comfortable around horses while having a fun learning experience.

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Air Quality Advisory Notice – YMCA Camps

UPDATE for Friday August 28

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Thank you for your ongoing understanding. The Air Quality Advisory remains poor for tomorrow, in the “High / Very High” range. On that basis we will repeat our contingency plan from Thursday.

The YMCA Camp Riveredge site will again remain closed on Friday 28th August and all  will continue to be provided at our Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA location.

All drop off and pick up locations and times will remain the same. If the Air Quality Index remains at six or below (Moderate) Campers will continue their activities both within the YMCA, and at the nearby Prince’s Island Park. Should the Index reach seven or above (High / Very High) the Campers will remain indoors, following a program similar in nature to our regular Daycamps. Using the Eau Claire YMCA as a temporary base for Riveredge allows us to respond more quickly to changing conditions.

Please continue to drop off and collect as normal, busses will be simply be redirected to Eau Claire. We understand the frustration and disappointment this continued closure will cause, but believe this remains the best solution for tomorrow.

YMCA Camp Riveredge has been providing an outdoor daycamp experience for over twenty years, and will continue to do so for many summers to come. We look forward to welcoming you back to Camp in July 2016!

 


 

UPDATE for Thursday, August 27:

YMCA CAMP RIVEREDGE

Due to the ongoing Air Quality Advisories in Calgary, YMCA Camp Riveredge will remain closed on Thursday August 27th, and all programming will continue to be provided at our Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA location (downtown).

All drop off and pick up locations and times will remain the same. If the Air Quality Index remains at six or below (Moderate), campers will continue their activities both within the YMCA, and at the nearby Prince’s Island Park. Should the Index reach seven or above (High / Very High) the Campers will remain indoors, following a program similar in nature to our regular Day Camps.

Using the Eau Claire YMCA as a temporary base for YMCA Camp Riveredge allows us to respond more quickly to changing conditions. A decision will be made at 2.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) as to Friday. Our hope is that conditions continue to improve, and we will be able to return to the Riveredge site.

Please continue to drop off and collect as normal and busses will be simply be redirected to Eau Claire YMCA. We understand the frustration and disappointment this continued closure will cause, but believe this remains the best solution for tomorrow.

YMCA Camp Riveredge has been providing an outdoor Day Camp experience for over twenty years, and will continue to do so for many summers to come. We look forward to welcoming you back to Camp in July 2016!

Thank you.


 

Update for Wednesday, August 26:

YMCA CAMP RIVEREDGE

Due to the continued forecast for poor air quality on Wednesday, we will be relocating our YMCA Camp Riveredge programs to the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA located downtown. Bussing will be provided from other branches, and from the Riveredge site. Please drop off / pick up at your normal time and location – including campers usually dropped off at Camp Riveredge.


 

Update for Tuesday, August 25:

Given the current Air Quality Advisory, YMCA Calgary is taking the following actions:

YMCA Camp Riveredge will close this afternoon. Campers who have regular scheduled bussing are being returned to their home branch and will join regular YMCA day camp programs. Pick up will be at the normal time and location. The parents of campers dropped off on site at Camp Riveredge are being contacted with further information. Campers will remain in the sheltered areas until pick-up.

  • YMCA Daycamps will continue as normal. Campers will remain indoors for the remainder of the day.
  • Camp Chief Hector YMCA will continue to operate as normal, with programming adjusted to limit outdoor physical exertion. Those campers with preexisting conditions have been identified and are being monitored regularly.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and implement changes as required. The Air Quality forecast for Wednesday shows an improvement in conditions, and so it is likely that all programs, including YMCA Camp Riveredge, will return to normal.


Growing by Leaps and Bounds

An Update on the new Remington YMCA in Quarry Park

We’re very excited for the new YMCA facility in Quarry Park! Estimated to open in 2016, this new facility will be called the Remington YMCA thanks to a partnership with the Remington Development Corporation.

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This 100,000 sq. ft. facility will act as a community hub and will increase opportunities for community gatherings and social connections. Sport and leisure proposed amenities include a fitness centre, running track, a gymnasium, aquatics, daycare and the Calgary Public Library. Public library space and multi-purpose rooms will allow for cultural, art, learning and business activities.

The Remington YMCA is the first of three new YMCA facilities currently in development! These             city-owned facilities will support the wellness of Calgarians in under-served areas.

 

Meet Remington YMCA’s New General Manager

Jenny Miron, GM at Shawnessy YMCA

Jenny Miron has been named General Manager of the new facility, which is slated to open in 2016. Jenny is currently the General Manager at the Shawnessy YMCA, and brings years of valuable knowledge and experience with her.

 

Check Out the Progress

View construction photos of Remington YMCA below.

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The foundation for the pool

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Indoor Running Track From Below

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View from the Indoor Running Track

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View the entire Remington YMCA in Quarry Park photo gallery

 


Now Booking 2015 Corporate Holiday Parties

2015 Corporate Holiday Packages

Thinking of having your Christmas party away from the city in the Rockies? We are now accepting 2015 bookings for corporate Holiday Parties! 

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Imagine an evening in the Rockies, relaxing with friends and colleagues at our 1000 acre site. We have created a package that will allow just that for your 2015 corporate holiday party or a family holiday getaway!

Package includes holiday buffet meal, rustic bunkhouse accommodation and complimentary breakfast.

We have a unique venue in the stunning Rockies for any festive event. We have everything you need to have a great holiday party that everyone will remember. Fully licensed bar services and DJ rentals are available.

More Information

> Request a Quote Today!

 

 


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