Camp Chief Hector YMCA and Canadian Rockies Public Schools are pleased to announce the second year of EQUINE LEADERSHIP 15; a three-credit course.
SEP 15-18 | Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Gray Jay site
SEP 29 – OCT 2 | Camp Chief Hector YMCA – mainsite
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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Call us: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
The Remington YMCA Child Development Centre opens July 1 and we anticipate that the Quarry Park Child Development Centre will open mid August 2016.
It has been great fun preparing the spaces to welcome children and we have greatly enjoyed getting to meet families during tours and orientation meetings.
We are excited to announce that bus transportation will be available to Douglasdale School for kindergarten-aged children attending both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre beginning Fall 2016.
Please contact us for more details:
Remington YMCA – Trisha Skinner, Childcare Director T 403-351-8287
Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Trudy Halvorsen, Childcare Manager T 403-351-6688
For more information about YMCA Calgary Child Development Centre please visit our website
YMCA Calgary is excited to be joining the vibrant community of Quarry Park in SE Calgary. With two new facilities opening this summer we are busy preparing to welcome new members and participants at both the Remington YMCA and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre.
We can’t wait to meet you and Calgary Neighbour Day gives us a perfect opportunity to say hi to our new neighbours.
When Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where Quarry Park Child Development Centre (10702- 18 Street SE)
Please drop by for some family fun. Activities include:
Guided tours of the facility
Play activities for the whole family
Activity sessions to get you moving and shaking
See you on June 18th!
By Wendy Anderson, Childcare Administration Director
My first day on the job this past week provided me with an opportunity to tour the Quarry Park Child Development Center. While still under construction it is clear to see each of the spaces and to imagine children at play. I was able to see the kitchen which will provide the children’s lunches and snack times. There is an indoor gym for children to experience indoor gross-motor play.
A large outdoor play area will feature landscaping, grass and a discovery trail for stroller walks and bike riding.
One feature I particularly enjoyed seeing was the Experience Studio (Below: Caryl Broen & Trudy Halvorsen in the Experience Studio). This space will provide lots of unique experiences to support YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. I could really envision children baking their own cookies or working on a science project there.
It was great to see the centre as we prepare to welcome children to the facility mid August.
We are excited to also be preparing to open a second Child Development Centre in the Quarry Park community. Located in the Remington YMCA, this centre is scheduled to open early July. Like the Quarry Park Child Development Centre, the childcare centre will feature the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. Children will be able to experience time in the on-site Calgary Public Library and utilize YMCA facilities including the pool and active play areas.
For more information about YMCA Childcare please visit our website at YMCA Calgary .
To enquire about our childcare programs please contact the Childcare Registration office at
(403) 351—6689 or email@example.com.
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Spring Program Registration is now open to everyone!
YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs to accommodate all children, youth, adults and families. You do not need to be a YMCA member to sign-up for our programs. We strive to serve the community by offering programs to promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
>>SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDES<<
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|2016 Spring Session||Feb 22, 2016||Mar 7, 2016|
|2016 Summer Session||Feb 22, 2016||June 6, 2016|
HOW TO REGISTER
Click the link below to register for Programs, view and change your YMCA account information (including linked memberships) and access your receipts.
New to online registration?
As a member, you ALREADY have an account. Contact your YMCA location for your login information or access Member Zone and Click Login > Forgot login information? to get started.
Please note: Members on Financial Assistance will not be able to receive a discounted rate on Programs through Member Zone. Please call or visit your YMCA location to register for programs.
Bring the whole family to one of our Family Weekends for some outdoor fun at Camp Chief Hector YMCA
May **Space still available** Fri May 20, 7PM to Mon May 23, 2PM – Victoria Day Weekend
May Fri May 27, 7PM to Sun May 29, 2PM
June Fri Jun 10, 7PM to Sun Jun 12, 2PM
September Fri Sep 23 7PM to Sun Sep 25 2PM
Sept/October Fri Sep 30 7PM to Sun Oct 2 2PM
3-day weekend Adults $205 | 6-16Y $135 | 3-5Y $90 | 0-2Y free
4-day weekend Adults $310 | 6-16Y $240 | 3-5Y $135 | 0-2Y free
*Families are encouraged to pre-register for activities. Participants may choose to leave a time block open to take a walk, read a book, have a nap or enjoy a cup of tea. Scan and email your Activity planning tool to our office on the day you register for Family Weekend.
Register by telephone at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.
Strong Kids Campaign Success Story
YMCA Calgary is happy to announce that the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raised $1.6 Million and enabled over 20,000 children to participate in YMCA activities! This goal would have never been met without the immense generosity and support of thousands of donors. Despite economic downturn across the city, our donors reached into their pockets and their hearts to support a great cause that supports so many children. Each and every one of our donors is directly pouring into the lives of Calgarian children and for that, we say, “Thank you!” Every single child who learned to swim, painted a picture, made a friend, wrote a poem, sunk their first basket or won their first race, they also say, “Thank you!” with a beaming smile across their face.
Each branch contributed greatly to reaching the financial goal of $1.6 Million and their contribution cannot go unnoticed! This program could never move forward without the continued support from all YMCA branches across the city.
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – $380,000
Saddletowne YMCA – $31,674
Crowfoot YMCA – $59,423
Shawnessy YMCA – $77,811
South Health Campus YMCA – $18,256
YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign to raise resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Our goal is to help kids live healthier, happier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future.
To learn more about Strong Kids Campaign or to donate please visit
It’s that time again – Mid January! Did you know, that mid-to-late January is called, “Blue Monday?” Yes! One reason is because it is during this time, that we start to fail, or drop our New Year Resolution’s (NYR) after the short period of creating them. Here’s a few ways to assist you in maintaining those fitness goals and New Year’s Resolutions!
Choose an Obtainable/Realistic Goal: One step at a time. Don’t set yourself up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month, or the next top model. Firstly, that isn’t healthy and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Break it down into small steps: Creating small goals throughout the month (Ex. running on the treadmill for 15 min. 3 times a week and making my way to running for 30 min. 3 times a week until the end of February) makes a much bigger difference in accomplishing your goals.
Tell/ask friend’s/family regarding your fitness goals: The great thing about telling someone about your fitness goals is you then have someone to be accountable to. Next time they see you, a simple, “Hey, did you workout this week? How’s the progress?” can greatly help in motivating you to keep at your goals. Personally, I know that when I have a major goal, I tell my close friends and family so they can help me stay on track as well as give me incentive to do better.
Write them down, display them: To help in motivating you to keep at it’ during this year, try writing your resolutions and goals down where you can see them. For example, the fridgerator, the pantry where the chocolates are… (haha), in your vehicle, etc. I find that material objects I use daily such as my laptop, and cell phone are great places to create a ‘note’ so it will stay in the back of my mind throughout the day.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all fall: It’s okay to slip-up and make a mistake. We all do! In Batman Begins, Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) tells him: “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” So don’t be too hard on yourself. As cliché as it sounds, Never give up! It’s okay to admit we need assistance or help. The staff at the YMCA will always be ready to assist you in attaining your fitness goals!
Reward Yourself: After setting those little goals for yourself, it’s good to reward yourself after every ‘milestone’. Treat yourself that white chocolate raspberry Crème brûlée you’ve been drooling over! Buy yourself those new sneakers. When you work hard, you deserve it!
When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.
But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.
Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.
Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.
Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.
Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.
Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.
We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.
- Go easy with new exercise and activities
- Get enough food and sleep
- Remember to take necessary medication
- Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
- Secure personal belongings in the locker room
As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.
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.
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