Do you have all the gear on the packing list for your camper’s session this summer? Need anything else? Backpacks, sleeping bags, rain gear, hiking boots, sleeping pads, ground sheets, headlamps, water bottles?
We are pleased to announce a Camp Chief Hector YMCA & MEC SALE NIGHT.
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) | 830 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
6:30-7:30pm | Four 15-minute presentations on sleeping bags, backpacks, footwear and rain gear
7:00-9:00pm | Shopping time
10% off everything in store except already discounted items and Blundstone shoes.
The MEC Sale Night applies to CURRENTLY REGISTERED CAMPERS and their immediate family ONLY. A Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff member will be at the door to greet you, identify you on the registration list and issue you a MEC Sale Night WRISTBAND.
6:30pm | Sleeping Bags
6:45pm | Backpacks
7:00pm | Footwear
7:15pm | Rain Gear
NOTE: This event takes place at the Calgary (Downtown) MEC Store | 830 10 Avenue SW
NOTE: The 10% discount is available at the tills beginning at 7pm. You will be required to show your wristband at the till.
NOTE: Packing lists, available at the Camp Chief Hector YMCA website have a specific list of recommended clothing and equipment for each age and each program. Please bring the appropriate list with you.
Camp Chief Hector YMCA and Canadian Rockies Public Schools are pleased to announce the second year of EQUINE LEADERSHIP 15; a three-credit course.
This exciting course combines leadership with horsemanship. Students will earn three Alberta High School credits for completing this experiential education program. Equine Leadership 15 is an engaging and dynamic opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, equine practices, the Alberta landscape and ecology, and local history through applied horsemanship and riding, leadership skill development, and team building.
This four day program provides students with practical learning opportunities in horsemanship and riding skills, horse behaviour and herd dynamics, equine care practices, safety awareness and hazard mitigation, ethics and ecological impact of Leave No Trace, and the historical significance of horses in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
All learning activities and after-learning activity time are supervised by male and female YMCA staff and teachers.
Learning activities are scheduled between 7:00am and 9:30pm with lights-out at 10:30 pm. Fees include shared, dormitory-style accommodations, instruction and meals. Participant families are responsible for transportation to and from Camp Chief Hector YMCA.
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YMCA Calgary is now offering basketball, football, soccer, multi-sport and golf camps! Check out the descriptions and dates below and see what camp would work for your child!
Basketball Development Camp – offered at the Saddletowne YMCA:
Hit the court this summer! In this week-long camp, you will learn the fundamentals and strategy of the game of the basketball. You will get an introduction to disciplined training to help develop basketball-specific skills and will also enjoy plenty of game play. You will build their expertise in the sport of basketball, learn sportsmanship and fair play. A fun and active way to build a love of the game of basketball.
July 31-August 4
Talk to member services and book your child in for a basketball camp today!
Football Leadership Camp – offered at the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot:
Learn to play football like a pro! In partnership with Tom Higgins, former pro football player and coach of the Calgary Stampeders, the YMCA will be offering a coed non-contact football camp. You will learn the fundamentals of football including football positions, rules and strategy of the game, and sportsmanship. Through various drills you will also strength, speed and agility. A fun and active camp that will result in positive growth of all athletes – in mind, body and spirit. Participants must have football cleats, a mouth guard and lineman/receiver gloves. No previous football experience is required.
July 31- August 4
Talk to member services and book your child in for a football camp today!
Soccer Development Camp – offered at the Shawnessy YMCA:
Learn to Bend it like Beckham in this summer. During this week-long camp, you will learn soccer fundamentals, strategy and the rules of the game. You will develop and refine your learned skills through disciplined training and game play. You will learn true sportsmanship and build new skill in a fun and fair play environment! No previous experience required.
Talk to member services and book your child in for a soccer camp today!
Multisport Development Camp-
Offered at South Health Campus YMCA, Remington YMCA and Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
Try a new sport each day! In this week-long camp, you will learn the foundations for different sports and get an introduction to disciplined training. You will participate in a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, volleyball and more, as well as build your fitness through a conditioning component. Participants will learn about the principles of sportsmanship and teamwork and build a love for all sports. All skill levels and abilities welcome. Sport options may vary by branch.
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
South Health Campus YMCA
July 17-21, August 14-18
Golf Camp – offered at the Remington YMCA
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional golfer? Live the life this summer with the PGA Pros at Inglewood Golf Course and the YMCA team. During this week-long camp, you will spend the mornings at the Inglewood Golf Course learning the fundamentals of grip, posture, putting, and short and long range shots, then bus back to the Remington YMCA for wet and dryland cross-training with the Y’s personal trainers and aquatic team. A fun, active camp and great introduction to the sport of golf. Participants should wear appropriate active wear for the training activities and weather (jeans are not permitted at the course). All golf equipment and transportation to and from golf course is provided.
July 31-August 4
With the Strong Kids Fun Run coming up it is a great time to introduce our new Race Director, Ken Skea. Ken played various sports growing up but he first started running 25 years ago at a fundraiser for his son’s play school. Ken started with 5-10 km races and quickly moved on to the longer distances – competing in several marathons and even ultra-marathons!
As a dedicated YMCA member Ken was asked to work with the Gray Family YMCA Youth Running Club. The club runs out of the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA every Tuesday afternoon from 4:15-5:15pm. Ken is passionate about inspiring the youth to be active in whatever their pursuit; be it running, hiking, biking or swimming. As a coach he wants to remind you that it is the first 10-15 minutes that are the toughest – but afterwards you will feel rejuvenated!
Heading up the Strong Kids Fun Run was a perfect fit for Ken. When asked about the route he said: “It’s the best location! The kids run around Prince’s Island Park right along the pathways – so no need to worry about being on the road. It really is the best location for a fun run!”
Join us! Run on April 29th; 5km, 10km or a 1.5km Fun Run!
Register online at: www. Strongkidsrun.ca
Health and wellness is often defined by physical strength or cardio ability, but there is so much more to well-being than just that. Hearing health is crucial to overall health and the volume of your music may be jeopardizing your ears. We caught up with Audiologist Cherie Yanke Au.D to discuss this important topic and the following is what she had to say.
We all love heading out for a run with some of our favourite songs to pump us up and set our pace. Music and exercise are a great combination, but can it damage your hearing?
Smartphones and earbuds (or earphones) have become a part of our everyday lives, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but they have to be used with caution. Sound levels and duration of use are the two most important contributing factors when using earphones responsibly.
Over-the-ear headphones have largely been considered the safest option as they sit over the ear, rather than directly in the ear canal, but this is not necessarily true. Again, it all comes down to sound levels, so perhaps the more important factor is whether or not they block outside noise. If external audio, from a busy street or the gym, is making its way through, it can cause a person to up the volume to block it out. Instead, a pair of headphones that block out noise will be the safest choice, as it encourages more responsible listening.
Most smartphones can blast music at 120 decibels, which is equivalent to a rock concert, and can cause nerve damage in less than a minute, eventually leading to noise induced hearing loss. No matter how much you love to rock out to that dubstep while on the spin bike, it’s just not worth permanently damaging your hearing. The solution: Turn it down. You’ll find your hearing adjusts to the level of sound, so set it to what is comfortable in a quiet room (shouldn’t be more than half of your phone’s capacity), and then lock it to max out there.
The second contributing factor is the duration of use. If you are listening at a level of 90 decibels it may not be a problem for a short period of time, but over hours of continuous use it becomes equivalent to a blast of 150 dB to your hearing. So, be sure to give your ears adequate breaks, switching to the car radio or stereo at home rather than always resorting to earbuds.
The best way to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss is not to discontinue use of earbuds, but learn to use them responsibly. It is worth it to invest in noise-cancelling earphones, which are designed to seal off your ear canal and block out any outside noise. They promote lower listening volumes as the music isn’t competing with any background noise. Custom earbuds are also great option, as they are molded to fit perfectly to your ear canal and are even more effective in serving as a sound block.
For more information, please contact Cherie Yanke Au.D. at email@example.com
YMCA Calgary CEO Helene Weir and CFO Jhamily Estrada spent a week alongside our colleagues from Edmonton visiting our YMCA partnership in Bogota, Colombia. It was the 39th year of our partnership which is an amazing accomplishment.
The YMCA in Bogota has a very significant impact on the lives of the children, youth and adults in their programs. One of the unique things about the YMCA is our connection to YMCA’s in other countries around the world and we can always learn from those we partner with. The Bogota YMCA builds their prevention programs on a foundation of developing skills to cope with the difficult life situations their children and youth may be living in.
Through the children they also work with the parents. The prevention programs are the programs that our partnership supports. The YMCA runs programs in very difficult neighbourhoods in Bogota which is a city of 10 million people. They run half day before and afterschool programs that focus on the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children and the prevention of children and youth getting involved in gangs.
The YMCA builds resiliency to help the children and youth to face the future with hope. The programs are run in safe YMCA spaces that provide a reprieve from the challenging life on the streets. The leadership skills and self worth the children and youth develop are critical to having a better future.
Our partnership with YMCA Bogota will celebrate 40 years next year so more details to follow on that later in the year.The partnerships we have with YMCA Bogota, and YMCA Ukraine, are a special part of being the YMCA.
YMCA Celebrates Canada’s 150!
YMCA Canada is celebrating Canada’s 150 through our LocalMOTION program. Help us celebrate Canada through our fun online challenges and learn more about Canada’s railroad history and YMCA’s involvement.
How to Participate
Complete one or all of the challenges (and share!) for a chance to win monthly prizes and a grand prize of VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” trip for four. Each challenge you complete counts for an entry.
Contest runs until July 31, 2017!
For more information visit and to get started visit: ymca.ca/LocalMOTION
Scotiabank gives $250,000 to build a much needed sport court at the South Health Campus YMCA and
Scotiabank has partnered with YMCA Calgary, AHS and Calgary Health Trust to build a much-needed sport court at the YMCA’s Alberta Health Services South Health Campus. The sport court will provide an outdoor space for young people to stay healthy, develop physical literacy skills, enjoy the comradery of sport and learn essential life skill of teamwork. This donation will go to the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund, which the YMCA will use to expand and develop child and youth programming and fund program participation through YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Used for hockey, badminton, soccer, basketball and more, the sports court will be shared by the South Health Campus YMCA, Alberta Health Services and Calgary Health Trust. All three organizations, and the work they do in the community, will benefit from the addition of the sports court to the health facility.
A big step in building a healthy youth culture and positive generation of leaders.
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day
Healthy Kids Day 2017 at the South Health Campus YMCA has been dedicated to celebrating the health of children, youth and families through the opening of the Outdoor Sport Court. Thanks to the generosity of our partners at Scotiabank, the YMCA, AHS and Calgary Health Trust are excited to bring new opportunities for sport and recreation to Calgary’s SE through this court, and through creation of the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund. The Sport Court is a place for everyone to keep active and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | South Health Campus YMCA | 12 pm – 3 pm
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Official Sport Court Opening Speeches; Ball Hockey Puck Drop
12:15 – 1:00 pm: Ball Hockey Game; BBQ Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Ball Hockey Skill Challenge (all ages)
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Basketball Skill Challenge (all ages)
2:15 – 3:00 pm: Futsol Skill Challenge (all ages)
Come earlier (11:00 am) and stay later (3:00 pm) for free
YMCA access, face painting, cooking demos, food and fun for all!
This Calgary YMCA App will enhance your YMCA experience. Here are some of the features that you can enjoy:
- First choose your home branch (Example: Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot)
- See Facility information such as branch hours, location and contact information
- Set up your Membership Card under Check-in. Once you do this you can use your phone to scan in!!
- See the most up to date facility drop-in schedules. You also have the ability to set a reminder in your calendar to attend your favorite drop-in classes
- Review the most recent program guide
- Connect with us on Social Media via the App
- Receive facility notifications (ie. schedule changes, closures etc). Please see the attached information sheet to see how to ensure that you are only receiving notifications for the branches that you are interested in.
- Get updates on your Grade 6 Membership. View monthly calendar and posters for events.
If you have any questions or require further assistance with this App please feel free to pop into your branch and speak with a Member Services Representative.
Join us for a FREE facility wide ladies only event at the Saddletowne YMCA. This event is designed to introduce ladies in our community to the fun and healthy benefits of exercise, in a non-intimidating environment. As this is a facility wide event, our facility will be restricted to women only during these hours.
Bring a friend or family member and join us for a fun night full of a variety of exciting activities!
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