Category: Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

Bring the whole family to Camp!

Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers a weekend getaway for the entire family during the spring and fall. There are a variety of activities to choose from to create a unique outdoor experience. Participants can try things like horseback riding, hikes, canoeing, high ropes, group games, arts and crafts, climbing tower and evening campfires. Activities are parent supervised, allowing families to deepen their connections while having fun.

2017 Family Weekends

SPRING     Space still available!

May            Fri May 12, 7PM to Sun May 14, 2PM

May            Fri May 26, 7PM to Sun May 28, 2PM

June           Fri Jun 2, 7PM to Sun Jun 4, 2PM

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

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The Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry and Camp Chief Hector YMCA announce Buffalo Belong for 17-18 year olds interested in performance art.

BUFFALO BELONG
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
August 6 – 25, 2017
Cost: $1800 with $500 covered by Canada Council Scholarship
Student cost: $1300 + GST

Space is limited to 16 
(Half will be First Nations, Metis or Inuit, and half Non-First Nations
with a gender equality amongst group)

This program is designed to bring High School students that are both First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Non-First Nations together with professional artists, teachers and Elders to work together to create a piece of theatre.

This will be a unique experience for all involved; the students, the artists and Elders, and will foster both your artistic and outdoor spirit. We are excited about the journey ahead and we hope you will join us!

Buffalo Belong is a program for any 17 or 18 year old who is interested in being apart of a theatre ensemble, doing vigorous theatre rehearsal, living in the outdoors and tackling the challenge of creating and performing a puppet –lantern performance that celebrates the Buffalo and their return to the National Parks. Students who are interested in learning more about the Buffalo and their role in the First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture and what they mean for all of us now.

Students do not need not to have experience in theatre, performance or the outdoors…however this is an asset. What is most important is that you are willing to learn, participate fully and to be a part of a group.

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OPEN HOUSE – Camp Chief Hector YMCA – May 28 | 2-4pm

OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, May 28 | 2-4pm
Camp Chief Hector YMCA (our main site in the Bow Valley)

This is a great opportunity to see our site with your campers, family or friends. The Camp Director and senior staff team will be available to answer questions.

Park at Bowfort Parking Lot – staff will be along the road to assist with parking.

Site tours leave regularly from Bowfort Lodge. Have a look inside a tipi. See our high ropes course, climbing tower, horse corrals and more. Try canoeing, arts & crafts, archery and pony petting.

RSVP not required. Directions to Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

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SALE NIGHT (10% discount) at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

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

Discount:
10% off everything in store except already discounted items and Blundstone shoes.

Identification:
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.

Presentations:
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.

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Earn 3 High School credits on horseback!

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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QUESTIONS? 
Email us: cchy@ymcacalgary.org
Call us: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

 


Have you downloaded the YMCA Calgary App yet?

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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.

 


Horseback riding lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Horseback riding lessons
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
7Y-12Y | $140

Sundays | May 7, 14, 28 & Jun 4 | 2:30-4pm
(no lesson on May 21)

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.

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Register online or by telephone: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Camp Chief Hector YMCA Information Night (Parents & Campers)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7 – 8:30 PM.
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
101 3 Street SW, Calgary

Join us on March 15 at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA for our annual Information Night. Find out about camp activities, meals, bedtimes, homesickness and more. Meet some camp leaders, and have your questions answered by the Camp Director.

Event includes
– Slide Show
– Games for younger children (counsellor led)

We encourage new campers and their families to attend if they are in the Calgary area. Everyone is welcome! RSVP not required.


Get Lean. Get Strong at Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

Group Power begins this coming February. Join us for a full hour of high-rep weight class that will push your muscles to the limit. A quick and easy way to achieve full body strength and boost your metabolism. Group Power will be a drop in class, included with your YMCA membership. Stay tuned to our drop-in fitness schedule for times

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A Letter from the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Committee

gfecy-strong-kids-blogThe Fall is always crunch time for the Gray Family Eau Claire Strong Kids Committee as many of our Strong Kids donors wait until the end of the year to make their decisions. In addition to this, the current economic climate in Calgary has made this year particularly challenging. With just over two months remaining in the Campaign, uncertainty is high and we don’t know whether or not we will make our fundraising goal. We need your help in reaching this benchmark because the community need for these funds is higher than ever.

Requests for financial assistance at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA are up 14% year over year and the $208,000 raised to date is 15% below this time last year. Our goal is $400,000 and we are only 50% there. The goal seems difficult at this point in time but we are working hard and believing in the generosity of the community.

We are planning a couple of in-branch Strong Kids blitz days for November, focusing our efforts on people who have given in past but have not given this year and pursuing new corporate and individual Chair Round Table (>$1,000) donors.  We understand that times are difficult and resources are spread thin, but we encourage those that can to invest in the city’s children and youth – our leaders of tomorrow and our future.

On behalf of the Committee, my appeal goes out to fellow Y members, community partners and all Calgarians to help us ensure all children and youth in Calgary have an opportunity for YMCA experiences regardless of their financial circumstances. Nobody is turned away for financial reasons at YMCA Calgary because of the continued generosity of Strong Kids donors. 100% of the monies raised go to providing experiences for kids.

If you have donated, we thank you so much.  If you haven’t donated yet and are interested, please visit Member Services or click the link below to donate.  You can track our progress as we close in on year-end through the fundraising thermometer just behind the main entry desk.

I love to talk about our Strong Kids program and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can be reached at rjgreen@nivenfischer.com or 403-290-1900 ext. 224.

 

Randy Green

2016 Volunteer Chair

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Committee

 

 

 

 


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