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Talk Space @ Shawnessy YMCA

20150130_165603Today at the Shawnessy YMCA we hosted our very first talk space, courtesy of the Calgary humane society and Calgary flames foundation.

Youth and grade 6 members were invited to attend the workshop about amphibians and reptiles as well as get up close and personal with Gus and , C.H.S’s resident geckos!

All the kids were very excited about being able to see the reptiles and really enjoyed the experience and being able to learn more about different types of unusual creatures.

February’s Shawnessy grade 6 calendar is out now and available to pick up in branch and is full of exciting activities to enjoy.

Philip Perryman

Shawnessy YMCA Youth Coordinator.


Sport Development Camp Countdown: 2 Days

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps open in 2 days!

Basketball is not the only sport being offered this summer at the YMCA.  Continue your disciplined training, by building and developing the skills of soccer through the week-long YMCA Sport Development Camp.

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We will incorporate fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, to further refine camper expertise in the sport of soccer.  Get ready and fuel up for the soccer field with these awesome nutrition tips!  A healthy body and mind help with the development of a great athlete, especially in youth between the ages of 10-15 years.

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.


FREE Weekend in the Mountains for Flood affected families!

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is offering free weekends for ANYONE affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods! 

Flood Relief Respite Weekends poster - 2015We are welcoming everyone affected by the 2013 floods, no matter how great or small, to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA to rejuvenate in the mountains.

Enjoy activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Courses
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bouldering and Climbing Wall
  • Massage Therapy is available

These weekends are FREE and are provided at no cost. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designed to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622  to register.


Sport Development Camp Countdown: 3 Days

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps open in 3 days!

The Summer and lack of the Steve Nash Basketball Program do not mean that you should take a break from the sports you love.  Continue your disciplined training, by building and developing the skills of basketball through the week-long YMCA Sport Development Camp.

We will incorporate fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, to further refine camper expertise in the sport of basketball.  Tactical awareness and fair play is important when developing a love of the game!

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We will further the objectives of the Steve Nash Basketball Program, building character and allowing all youth between the ages of 10-15 years with an interest in basketball a great opportunity.

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.


Y Survive Kick Off at the Saddletowne YMCA

What is Y SURVIVE?

 Y Survive is a friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants. Participants will join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges through Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout, and the tribe with the highest score will win the challenge!

Y Survive officially kicks off Monday, February 2nd.  However, the Saddletowne YMCA we will be hosting a kick-off event Sunday, February 1st from 10:00-11:30 AM.

This event will take place in Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2, and we invite all Saddletowne YMCA Survive participants to come for the following-

  • Pick up your shirt, meet your tribe and your tribe’s captain.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!
  • All participants to the kick-off will earn extra points for their team!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you can participate in this exciting, month-long event.  See Member Services for more details or call 403-237-2393.


YMCA Shawnessy Profile: Marie Smith

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Name: Marie Smith

How long have you been with the YMCA? Since September 2010.

What made you choose the YMCA?

I moved to this area from Willow Park, and the YMCA is close and convenient for me to come and workout at.

What do you do at the Y?

I come here three times a week. I swim – I try to swim for 35 minutes. Then I go upstairs and I go on the bicycle for 10 minutes. I do some knee bends because I want to keep my knees strong and I don’t want knee problems.

How has the YMCA positively impacted your life?

It’s made me stronger.

What has your best experience here been?

I don’t have one specific experience. It’s nice to swim here. The pool is much larger and smoother to swim in than the pool at my former gym. I don’t talk much, except in the change rooms, so it’s social.

What is your favourite thing about working out at the YMCA?

It’s clean. I like coming here early. The showers are clean and the water’s warm.

What would you say to someone thinking about joining the Shawnessy YMCA?

You have to go regularly, otherwise you don’t get much benefit. Anything you do, you have to do regularly, do it with your heart. The YMCA is a good size, people here are friendly, there are lots of volunteers, and it’s just a good place to come to.

 

 


Sport Development Camp Countdown: 4 Days

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps open in 4 days!

Now that you know what we are talking about, it is time for some more interesting information…

What do athletes need for their development?  What exactly do they need to develop and refine sport specific skills?

Through the YMCA Sport Development Camps, we plan to provide an atmosphere of personal and group growth, and to apply the learning in a variety of different settings.  Youth will be given the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop their skills in the sports of basketball and soccer, through focused programs based on the Canadian Sport for life model.

The new YMCA Sport Development Camps are just one way to expand and build the skills to be successful.  Parents, you can help out too!  Provide the positive support youth 10-15 years old need to be successful.  Read up on the Canadian Sport For Life Parent Guide and mark February 1 in your calendars…4 days is not that much time…

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.

 

 


Grade 6 Scavenger Hunt!

GRADE 6 SCAVENGER HUNT!

WHEN?

Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WHERE?

Crowfoot YMCA in Multipurpose Room #3!

WHAT?

A site-wide scavenger hunt for Grade 6 youth. Participants will be put into teams and will have to complete a series of fun tasks around the YMCA. After the scavenger hunt, there will be a party with food, prizes, and fun!

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Register at the front desk at Crowfoot YMCA by Thursday, January 29, 2015 (Barcode #102369).

This is a FREE event for Grade 6 members (ages 10-12).


Camp Countdown: 5 Days

Registration for camps open in 5 days!

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This summer at the YMCA we are offering Sport Development Camps in basketball and soccer for youth between the ages of 10-15 years!  Camps run Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Get an introduction to disciplined training, by building, developing and refining sport-specific skills with the help of a coach.  This week-long sport development camp focusses 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!

Read more information on our 2015 YMCA Sport Development Camps in the 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.  Pick your week (or weeks), and choose your sport (or do both!).  We are offing both basketball and soccer options throughout the month of July.


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