Horseback riding lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Horseback riding lessons | 7-8Y and 9-11Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sundays | May 10, 24, 31 and June 7 | 2:30-4pm

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.

June 14 will be used as an alternated date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday.
No class on the Sunday of Victoria Day weekend.

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

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Leadership 1 spots still available at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Spend an amazing month outdoors and improve your group leadership, risk management, and outdoor living skills on this 27-day program. Click here for a full description of our Leadership 1 programs.

Two options are available:

Leadership 1 – Hike and Horse – based from our Gray Jay site | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of our Gray Jay site in the mountain wilderness of Yaha Tinda (80 kilometers west of Sundre, Alberta). Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Become an experienced horse-person; during a four-day horseback riding experience you will further develop your riding as well as your ability to lead and communicate. You will also assist in the daily operations of Gray Jay – meal preparation and cleaning, stable management, and site maintenance.

Leadership 1 – Canoe and Hike – based from our Mainsite | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of the camp’s main-site in the upper Bow Valley. Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Learning and developing canoe skills in the Bow Valley, the group then plans their journey on the Kootenay River. These challenging adventures require your teamwork in goal setting, route planning and menu planning. Most importantly, these adventures include your own leadership contributions to the group and to the camp.

As with all of our YMCA programs, fee assistance is also available.

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

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YMCA Nepal Relief Donations

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Our YMCA Calgary community is standing in support of those affected by the earthquake disaster in Nepal. We encourage you to consider making a donation to the relief efforts through YMCA Calgary.

Please visit the front desk of any branch to make your donation. Any donation over $20.00 will be eligible for a tax receipt.

Donations through this YMCA will be sent to an international relief effort for YMCA Nepal coordinated through the World Alliance of YMCAs.

You can also send country-wide aid electronically through the Canadian Red Cross at

YMCA Calgary Celebrates Mother’s Day


Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day. At YMCA Calgary we believe every day is the right day to celebrate Moms and everyone that is special to you. May 10th, however, gives us an opportunity to reflect on favourite memories and to compile a list of ideas to inspire you and your family to makes this day extra special.

A few ideas to get you started –

  • Create a short video to send to those far away. Along with a heartfelt message consider including clips that highlight daily life – children at play, recorder solos, a child recounting their first sleepover experience….
  • Let a young mother know you both see and recognize her efforts to create a positive environment for her child to grow up in. This can be as simple as smiling at a young mom trying to console her loudly crying child in a public place or letting her know she is doing a fine job
  • Get out and play – fly a kite, take a walk, start a new family tradition of silly Mother’s Day relays
  • Host a potluck dinner where everyone brings their favourite family meal – just like “Mom used to make”
  • Commit to completing 1-3 tasks your Mom does regularly but which she isn’t overly fond of – just once, for a week, a month or more
  • Create a Day-Venture for a special lady. Plan a day filled with as many of her favourite things as possible. It doesn’t have to all be a surprise as anticipation is often part of the fun. Don’t forget to make sure you have included preparation for Monday morning so Mom’s relaxing day doesn’t come to an abrupt end – laundry done, lunches made!
  • Compose a sincere message for a special card (handmade or purchased) sharing a story of your time together that has great meaning for you
  • Have a family photo session – perhaps gathered throughout the day and shown as a slide show after dinner entitled “A Day in our Family – May 10, 2015”
  • Check out Family Fun Magazine’s online source for crafts, activities, games and more to enjoy as a family
  • Make a family garden stone. Kits can be purchased at your local craft store
  • Be kind to everyone you encounter on Mother’s Day. Taking an extra moment to be more patient, more caring and more considerate makes everyone’s day better

YMCA staff members recall special times –

“My favourite Mother’s Day included, “breakfast in bed made by both my kids – included homemade coffee – complete with the grinds!”               Trudy, mother of Megan and Taylor

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“The last Mother’s Day I spent with my Mom was after she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We sat in the living room – I gave her a mini mani/pedi, she shared her secret stash of frozen macaroons and we talked (about everything and nothing). My gift to her, and hers to me, was time – time for laughter, tears, memories and dreams.”               Caryl, daughter of Barb and Mom to Julia

One of my favourite family memories is from last March when I planned a surprise visit home. My parents were moving to their new home and I just showed up. They were so surprised and the look on their faces was priceless. It was such a great experience to not only see my parents but to also be able to visit with extended family who were helping my parents with their move.       Margaret, adult daughter

“I have only been a mother for one Mothers Day, and it was the most incredible day for me last May.  Merrik took his first steps on Mothers Day weekend and it was amazing to see him reach such a big milestone and share it with me on that special day.”            Trish, Merrik’s Mom

“I love when my children make me homemade gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. They mean the most.”          Shannon, Nathan and Savannah’s Mom

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One of my favourite memories is when Olivia was on the change table and looking at pictures of animals on the wall. She began trying to interact with them and giggling. This was the first time she seemed to recognize and try to connect with her environment.          Christy, Olivia’s Mom

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When I was a little girl I always helped my Mom with household chores. She would wash our clothes by hand and ask me to hang them on the clothes line. We did this every Sunday. My Mom would always have music playing in the background and we would sing to our favourite songs while completing our chores. My favourite memory was in between our chores when my Mom would place me on top of our dining table and we would dance and twirl together. My Mom taught me lots about household chores  – and how to do everything with lots of love, fun and smiles.      Teresa, adult daughter

This Spring, and this Mother’s Day, take time to recall fond memories and to make some new ones. Experiences are treasures we keep forever.


LINC Celebrates Earth Day

IMG_8436On April 22nd, LINC classes celebrated Earth Day by talking about ways we can help keep our planet healthy, such as recycling, conserving water, and properly disposing of garbage. The students were inspired by thinking about the little things we can do every day to help the environment.

Later that day, several classes worked together to clean up litter in the parking lot and lawn of the Genesis Centre. Of course, the recyclables were kept separate from the garbage!

Afterwards, the students reflected on the activity and shared what they had learned.

“I was surprised to learn about 10,000 landfills in Canada. Now, I am more eco-conscious. If we do not care for the environment, we can’t breathe or grow plants.” – Harpreet B. 

“There are little things we can do every day to help reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Pay attention to how I can use less water. We can save energy by changing the bulbs, make my home more energy efficient. Turn off lights and unplug appliances when we’re not using them. It only takes a second.” –Mandeep

“If we have any lighters, car batteries, oil, or other hazardous material, then visit to find drop-off locations. If I don’t care for environment, then next few years my landfill is filled with garbage, and we can’t take fresh air.” – Amandeep K.

Thanks for setting a great example, LINC! Keep up the good work. The Earth will say, “Thank You!” :)


Youth Week at the Crowfoot YMCA!

April 26th – May 3rd is Youth Week in Calgary!

All around the city Calgary will be celebrating youth with games, discounts, special events, and teen spaces. Here at the YMCA we want to celebrate our youth and the programs they attend here.

This Youth Week we will be having a Photo Scavenger Hunt through Instagram. Come to the Crowfoot YMCA during Youth Week and attend our youth programs – soccer, basketball, breakdance, Youth Fun Zone, badminton, there’s lots to do and we have some very special events for youth to attend.

How do I compete?

Find a team with at least 1 Instagram user and think of a team name! Tag a photo of your team to @ymcacalgary with the hashtag #CFYyouthweek to sign up. Then, come to our youth events, you get points for selfies, team photos, and YMCA photos. Just remember there is NO photos in the lockers, pool area, or weight room.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram while you’re at it!

Here are some ideas:

  • Your team at the YMCA
  • Team singing at the Open Mic Night
  • Team dressed up at the Youth LipDub
  • Team with wands made at Wandmaking
  • Team playing Quidditch
  • Team Breakdancing
  • Team playing basketball
  • Team running on the track
  • Team playing Soccer
  • Team in the Chill Zone

Submit your photos with the hashtag #CFYyouthweek and @ymcacalgary  We’ll be giving out prizes for getting the MOST pictures and for the BEST Youth Week photos!

Game on: Indoor Adult Soccer

Game on!

Eau Claire is now offering an indoor co-ed adult soccer program.

This is a registered 7-week program that is FREE for members. Non members pay the small administration fee of $74.00

What a great opportunity to meet some new people and play one of the world’s greatest games. Registration gives participants access to the court for 2 hours on Sunday afternoons and the opportunity to play in a safe, yet competitive and organized environment.


Barcode: 102494

Sundays 2:00-4:00PM

M: Free NM: $74


See Member Services, register online


Contact Michael Balchand at 403-781-1686 or e-mail him at

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Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run

Registration is Still Open!

Space is still available to join in the fun and get your run on. 
This year join 2014 Calgary Marathon winner, Maria Zambrano!


Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!


Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Register Online Now!


Camp is turning 85 this year! Celebrate with us on September 20, 2015.

Celebrate Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s 85th Birthday!


85th Anniversary Event

Sunday, September 20 | 2-7pm | Adults $15 | 15Y and under $10
Drop-in activities: Canoeing, Climbing Tower, the Animal Game, Archery, Site tours and more.
4:30pm BBQ and after-dinner Campfire

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

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Ever wanted to volunteer for Camp? We are looking for drivers to help get campers to and from their outtrips.

Volunteering with Camp Chief Hector YMCA provides meaningful experiences that contribute to our camping community. We are currently seeking Outtripping drivers looking to connect with current campers and staff by providing safe transportation to and from hike and canoe routes.

Find out more about Day-long drives and Long-drives.

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