Category: Kids

Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

Give the Gift of Health
Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

This year, give a gift that’s really valuable to someone’s health.

Here are great ways to tell friends and family you care.

1. DROP-IN PUNCH CARDS
A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in at their convenience so they can have more time enjoying
YMCA and time for themselves. Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9-Visits!

2. GIFT CARDS
A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program. Available in any denominations and there is no expiration date.

3. CHARITABLE GIVING
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf and help kids belong, grow, thrive and lead in your community.

Visit any YMCA location to purchase these items.

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Adopt a Family 2015

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Help us Bring Holiday Cheer to a Family This Year

Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.

This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2015 Adopt a Family families have been selected.

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Winter Program Registration Open

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Winter Program Registration now Open for Members.

Use these guides to find the right program for you and your family and view schedules and fees.

WINTER SESSION

Crowfoot YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Eau Claire YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Saddletowne YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Shawnessy YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

South Health Campus YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Winter Day Camps | Download PDF

 

Registration begins December 7 for the general public.

 

 


Winter Camp weekend | 10-13Y boys & girls

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

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Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$215*

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

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


Create a positive Child Minding experience for you and your child

When the needs of a child guide parents and caregivers in their actions, it helps children to have positive experiences that support them in their growth and development.

YMCA Calgary aims to provide your child with a safe, caring and stimulating environment – one filled with lots of opportunities for them to explore and learn as they play.

We know that it is very important to have open, positive relationships between parents and caregivers so communication is effective. This allows children to make connections between their home and the broader community while gaining an understanding that the adults in their life are working together… for them!

YMCA Child Minding areas are places children become very familiar with as they gain confidence for being away from their parent. In the Child Minding area they develop relationships of their own with other children as well as the staff and volunteer caregivers. As a values based organization we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for children to learn about, and practice behaviours of, respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. In the child minding areas you can see this –

  • When children observe caregivers and parents warmly greeting and calmly speaking with one another
  • When check in and sign out processes are smooth and worry free for children, parents and caregivers
  • When children clean up the toy or piece of equipment they were playing with prior to leaving the area
  • When caregivers let the phone go to voice mail while they play and engage with children. Messages can be picked up in a few moments, a wonderful play moment shouldn’t be interrupted
  • When a parent or caregiver voices a concern to the other adult and they hear each other out prior to determining how they can best work together to support the child

YMCA staff and volunteers want all children to feel comfortable and happy within the Child Minding area. They truly enjoy working with the children and are committed to providing them with the care and attention they need.

For more information about YMCA Child Minding areas visit our website at https://www.ymcacalgary.org/childminding/

 

Reminder: Child Minding Block Booking for winter 2016 Session (Jan 4 – Mar 20, 2016)

YMCA Members     Book beginning Monday, November 23, 2015

Non-Members       Book beginning Monday, December 7, 2015

 

 

 

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Summer 2016 – Session dates and prices now posted

Summer Camp 2016 registration is just around the corner.

Click here to find out:

How to register as a returning camper
How to register as a new camper
When to register
Where to register
What time registration starts
How deposits and payment schedules work

Camp descriptions and course barcodes coming soon!


Get Ready for Winter with Exciting Programs

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This Winter, make sure to reserve spots in our wide variety of Programs and Winter Break Day Camps!

You can always rely on YMCA Calgary programs to help promote healthy lifestyles and build spirit, mind and body for children, youth, adults and families.

Our Winter Programs will be available online by the end of the week!

Keep your eye out on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

Registration for Winter Programs begins:

  • November 23 for YMCA members
  • December 7 for the general public

Winter Day Camps – Need something for your child to do during Winter break? Winter Day Camp registration has begun! Sign-up your child for a week of fun at your YMCA location.

 


Mark your calendars! Announcing registration dates for Summer Camp 2016 at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Camp Chief Hector YMCA

REGISTRATION DATES
SUMMER CAMP 2016
RETURNING CAMPERS and their siblings
CAMPS DATE METHOD
16Y
Leadership 1
Thursday November 26 On-line
◊ By telephone at
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
7Y – 15Y
Camps starting July 31 onward, 2016 (AUGUST CAMPS)
Tuesday December 1 In-person at the Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, Shawnessy or South Health Campus branches of YMCA Calgary.
By telephone at
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
7Y – 15Y
Camps starting from July 3 to 24, 2016 (JULY CAMPS)
Thursday December 3 In-person at the Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, Shawnessy or South Health Campus branches of YMCA Calgary.
By telephone at
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
Family Camp and Day Camps Monday December 7 By telephone ONLY
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
Refer to our How to Register document for full instructions and tips.   
     
NEW CAMPERS –  YMCA Calgary members
All Camps 7Y – 16Y
(including Family Camp and Day Camps)
Tuesday December 8 By telephone ONLY
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
NEW CAMPERS –  Non-members
All Camps 7Y – 16Y
(including Family Camp and Day Camps)
Thursday December 10 In-person at the Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, Shawnessy or South Health Campus branches of YMCA Calgary.
By telephone at
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
Refer to our How to Register document for full instructions and tips.      
Questions? Contact us at cchy@ymcacalgary.org or 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 (toll free).

International Volunteer Managers Day

Did you know YMCA Calgary has over 1,200 volunteers? They are the engine behind many aspects of the organization and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their hard-work and generosity!

The spirit of volunteerism at the YMCA is made possible by the many individuals who support, train, and lead volunteers. November 5th is ‘International Volunteer Managers Day’.  Find a moment to thank someone who is the power behind the many super hero volunteers in our city.

A special thanks to the YMCA Calgary Volunteer Coordinators for each YMCA location for all that you you do!

VMD


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