Category: Camp Riveredge YMCA

Award Winning YMCA!

We are all delighted at YMCA Calgary to have won the Calgary’s Child Magazine Parents’ Choice awards for Best Children’s Residential Camp and Honorable Mentions for Best Child Care Facility, Best Programs for School Age Children, Best Teen Programs and Best Children’s Day Camp!

Thank you to everyone who voted for YMCA Calgary. We are proud our programs are helping build healthy communities.

Click here to view the full list of winners/recipients.


YMCA Outdoor Schools

Did you know Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers a variety of outdoor schools? Options include:

ECO School: This four-day program aims to develop environmental awareness and community building in an outdoor setting for grade 5 and 6 students. Student learning is fun, active and experiential. Outdoor school counsellors help students use maps to explore the site, examine various tree species, play the Predator-Prey game and build team-work through the low-ropes and challenge courses. Rate $215.25 (includes GST) per student.

Outdoor Experiential School (O.E.S.): This four-day program is designed for students in grades 7 to 12 and aims to foster positive social growth, group awareness and leadership development. Students participate in a number of activities designed to build teamwork and outdoor living skills. A major component of the program is the planning and completion of a full-day focus activity in one of three disciplines: Hiking, horseback riding or canoeing. Rate: $273.00 (includes GST) per student.

SunshipTM Earth: A four-day internationally recognized grade 5 and 6 program developed by the Institute for Earth Education that encourages students to reconnect with the earth and reflect upon their ecological practices. Students learn about energy flow, cycling, diversity, community, interrelationships, change and adaptations. Activities such as helping a giant leaf photosythesize, building soil from rocks and playing the role of a squirrel as its food resources change, helps students to understand these concepts. Students also take part in the Predator-Prey game, team-building activities and the construction of a small world. Rate: $225.75 (includes GST) per student.

Hector Spring School: A four-day program designed to meet various learning objectives from the grade 5 and 6 science and social studies curricula. Students will learn about the food chain as they play the Predator-Prey game and revisit the past as they explore our Voyageur heritage. During their day hike, students will venture around the foothills and learn to identify the various tree species. Students will learn about the stories of early Canadians as they participate in cultural activities, such as tipi living and animal tracking. Rate: $220.50 (includes GST) per student.

Custom Bookings: Programs are available for school groups who want to work together and develop leadership skills. With the guidance of YMCA staff members, students are able to participate in activities such as initiative games, low-ropes, archery, hiking, the challenge course and the high-ropes area. It is also possible to book our site for teacher-facilitated programs or band camps. Program length can range from a one-day experience to a multiple day residential program. Rates vary depending on program options.

  • Click here to find out more about YMCA Calgary outdoor schools; or
  • Call (403) 673-3858 extension 201

Genesis Centre on CBC Radio

Have a listen to this interview with Khalil Karbani, President of the Taradale Community Association, on CBC Radio speaking to the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness, including new Saddletowne YMCA.

Click here to go to the correct CBC Radio webpage. Open the podcast (‘Eyeopener Audio’) and move the time bar to 19:40 to get to listen to the inteview with Khalil.

Cynthia Moore, Khalil Karbani, Carol Steiner, Noshy Karbani, one of the Karbani family children


Nick… WOW! Brrr… Really?!

Guess who was spotted running along Calgary pathways yesterday during the deep freeze (-29 degrees celcius before wind chill)?

Nick Wiggins, Eau Claire YMCA General Manager, makes many of us question our own dedication to health and wellness… And maybe also makes us also question what on earth was Nick thinking?!

Well, no matter what he was thinking… Good for you, Nick, for your incredible commitment to your fitness routine. You WOW us all!

Nick Wiggins, Eau Claire YMCA General Manager, braves Calgary's freezing temperatures for winter run


Tips to Help You Get Back on Track with Your Exercise Routines

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Qiwen Hu.

It’s almost been a month since Christmas, and many of those New Years’ resolutions to exercise more or live a healthier lifestyle have been broken. But that doesn’t mean you should wait till next year to try again!

Here are some tips to help you get back on track with your exercise routines:

  1. Set an alarm. It’s easy to lose track of time but just about all of us have iPods, cellphones, and what not these days so set an alarm to remind you to meet your quota.
  2. Don’t stop just because you miss a day. Don’t be discouraged if you slip up in your routine once or twice, the important thing is that you keep it up in the long run. Of course, don’t use this as an excuse to skip more frequently than you need to.
  3. Start simple. You don’t need to purchase fancy equipment or develop a complex exercise routine. I’m not discouraging it, but don’t think of it as a necessity. Many people are intimated by how complex exercising routines can be but they don’t have to be.
  4. This is a common one, set obtainable goals. I am one of those overly ambitious people who tend to set a far reaching goals and intimidating myself into not meeting those goals.
  5. Try to find an exercise that is enjoyable for you. It’s easier to keep the habit if it’s something you enjoy doing.
  6. Finally, mark off the days you exercise. This provides you with a clear idea just exactly how often you are exercising. Trying to get a calendar page full of X’s can also be a good source of motivation. It works like game achievements, completely useless, but people will work hours to try and obtain them.

Good Luck!


Tips on Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Anne Liao.

The winter holidays have put everyone into a festive mood and most of us have probably found out that transitioning into the new year is difficult. There’s a lot more to do now after the Holidays. Here are some tips to help manage busy lives and to get back on track.

  • Use an agenda or calendar to keep track of obligations and dead lines. The agenda/calendar can be an electronic or physical copy, whichever fits your needs the best. It’ll help with organization and you won’t forget your important dates.
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals to help get things done. You may already be familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. goals but for those who don’t know here’s a brief overview.
  • Specific – You are more likely to achieve a specific goal than a general one. You can start by answering who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • Measurable – Make sure there is a measurable way to see if you are progressing towards your goal.
  • Attainable – The goal you set should be reasonable and possible to achieve based on your skills.
  • Realistic – Choose a goal that you are willing to work towards.
  • Timely – Set a time frame for the goal. Avoid “someday”.
  • Set aside a couple minutes each day to exercise. The length can vary depending on your schedule but even 10 – 15 minutes of stretching or running up and down the stairs can help relax your muscles and relieve some stress.
  • Reward yourself. Getting back on track is difficult and if you’ve stayed on top of your workload or achieved a goal then you deserve a reward.

Cold Weather Safety

From Discovery Health:

Baby, is it cold outside! As if to remind us who’s in charge, Mother Nature once again is giving us the cold shoulder, not to mention cold hands and feet. While most folks brave the cold-weather season pretty well, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential cold-weather dangers.

Signs of Frostbite

If your skin looks mottled or pale and you’re experiencing “pins and needles” in your hands, feet, nose, ears or cheeks, then you’re likely experiencing frostnip, which is a signal that you need to get into a warm, dry environment immediately so you don’t develop frostbite. Frostbite is when tiny ice crystals form in skin tissue. Other signs include a tiny white dot on the nose or on the tip of one or more fingers. Also, dark-skinned people may appear pale, or their skin may look gray; fair-skinned people should be on the lookout for yellowish skin.

What does frostbite feel like? You likely will have numbness in the affected area, as well as itching, burning or sharp pain. However, if caught quickly, frostbite is completely reversible. If not, it can turn into hypothermia, which is when a person’s core body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This medical emergency, which can impair the brain and muscles, is a potential killer.

Signs of Hypothermia

Be on the lookout for the “umbles.” That’s when a person mumbles, stumbles, fumbles and grumbles. All are symptoms of early hypothermia. If you see someone who is shivering uncontrollably, doesn’t seem to be thinking straight, speaks with a slur, or has trouble holding onto objects, get them into a warm environment immediately. If the symptoms fail to improve within a short time, call a doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

Who’s at Risk for Winter Injuries?

The very young and the elderly are at an increased risk for cold-weather injuries, but so are people with heart disease and diabetes. Also, certain medications can increase a person’s risk of cold-weather illness because they interfere with the body’s heat-regulation system (like your significant other changing the thermostat on the wall). And people who work outdoors in cold environments are also at risk. Even if you’re taking a walk or exercising outdoors, you must be aware of the signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

Read the rest of this article here.


Genesis Centre: Grand Opening Celebrations

Genesis Centre of Community Wellness and Saddletowne YMCA Grand Opening Celebration this weekend! Come enjoy festivities as the complex officially opens its doors to the public on January 14 & 15.

There will be events taking place all weekend long with the kick-off ceremony beginning Saturday, January 14 at 11am in the Commons area.


GRAND OPENING: Genesis Centre & Saddletowne YMCA

Genesis Centre of Community Wellness and Saddletowne YMCA Grand Opening Celebration this weekend! Come enjoy festivities as the complex officially opens its doors to the public on January 14 & 15.

There will be events taking place all weekend long with the kick-off ceremony beginning Saturday, January 14 at 11am in the Commons area.


THIS WEEKEND: Genesis Centre Grand Opening

Genesis Centre of Community Wellness and Saddletowne YMCA Grand Opening Celebration this weekend! Come enjoy festivities as the complex officially opens its doors to the public on January 14 & 15.

There will be events taking place all weekend long with the kick-off ceremony beginning Saturday, January 14 at 11am in the Commons area.


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