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Space still available for overnight camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

As of May 27, the following camps still  have room:

MALES

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 19-31 & Aug 2-14

11Y Mistaya 13-day | Trip to Gray Jay | Jul 5-17 & Jul 19-31

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


FEMALES

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Aug 2-14

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Canoe | Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Hike | Aug 2-14 & Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Horse | Aug 16-28

14Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Mainsite) | Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Gray Jay site) | Jul 5-17 & Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike/Horse (Gray Jay site) | Aug 16-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Canoe/Hike | Aug 2-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application

 

Read about all of our Summer Camps at our website. Did you know that we offer weekend programs, site rentals, weddings and more?

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622.

As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.


YMAP goes to Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Written by Jillian Harbour, YMAP Director, Community YMCA.

The YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) had their annual trip to Camp Chief Hector YMCA. This year we traveled out to Kananaskis Country with an unprecedented 131 participants, 7 volunteers and 5 staff for a weekend filled with games, lots of laughs, new challenges and amazing people (and no snow!).

Between the always helpful Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff and the strong leadership Matt and Alisha provided the rest of the team, the weekend was a great success. My favourite moments of the weekend were the ever popular open mic night (I am always blown away by the amazing talents YMAP participants keep secret until camp!) and all the teamwork/encouragement I saw between the youth as they faced new and exciting challenges together.

This is often the first experience of its kind for the participants. These youth are new to Canada and seeing and experiencing the mountains and the Canadian outdoors for the first time.

YMAP CCH 2015 (2)

Getting Crafty!

Helping on the High Rope

Hike


Leadership 1 spots still available at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Spend an amazing month outdoors and improve your group leadership, risk management, and outdoor living skills on this 27-day program. Click here for a full description of our Leadership 1 programs.

Two options are available:

Leadership 1 – Hike and Horse – based from our Gray Jay site | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of our Gray Jay site in the mountain wilderness of Yaha Tinda (80 kilometers west of Sundre, Alberta). Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Become an experienced horse-person; during a four-day horseback riding experience you will further develop your riding as well as your ability to lead and communicate. You will also assist in the daily operations of Gray Jay – meal preparation and cleaning, stable management, and site maintenance.

Leadership 1 – Canoe and Hike – based from our Mainsite | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of the camp’s main-site in the upper Bow Valley. Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Learning and developing canoe skills in the Bow Valley, the group then plans their journey on the Kootenay River. These challenging adventures require your teamwork in goal setting, route planning and menu planning. Most importantly, these adventures include your own leadership contributions to the group and to the camp.

As with all of our YMCA programs, fee assistance is also available.

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Gray Jay HikeHorse lessons 2Bus with canoes


FREE Weekend in the Mountains for Flood affected families!

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is offering free weekends for ANYONE affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods! 

Flood Relief Respite Weekends poster - 2015We are welcoming everyone affected by the 2013 floods, no matter how great or small, to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA to rejuvenate in the mountains.

Enjoy activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Courses
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bouldering and Climbing Wall
  • Massage Therapy is available

These weekends are FREE and are provided at no cost. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designed to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

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


Camp Chief Hector Flood Respite Weekend

We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 to register.


Camp Chief Hector Yoga Retreat

This retreat will accommodate students new to yoga as well as those with a background in yoga. Our goal for the weekend is to be in this wonderful mountain location, spending time experiencing our body, breath and mind. Our instructors will help you develop a balanced practice that will serve you well in all aspects of your life. There will also be time to explore the site. Shared accommodations and meals are included.


2015 Winter Camp at Camp Chief Hector

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.

Winter Camp 325

Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$195*

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.


CCHY Flood Relief Weekend – Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-7

Camp Chief Hector is hosting two final Flood Respite Weekends before the end of the year. If you were affected by the 2013 flood, don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Flood Respite Weekends poster - Winter

We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 to register.


Sac Dene Presentation and Story-Sharing

Camp Chief Hector invites you to an evening of story-sharing and information about Sac Dene 2015.

Sac Dene is a six-week canoe trip and a two-week counseling experience for 17 year old co-ed youth. Focusing on leadership development, the Sac Dene group travels north to paddle the Mackenzie River, visiting communities along the way. Sac Dene participants, as part of the Leaders-in-Training program, return to Camp Chief Hector YMCA to become part of the counseling team for the final two weeks of the summer.

Paddles

Hearth Room
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Center
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary

Oct 22 | 7:00-8:00pm
RSVP required. Please click here for more information.

*Attendance is not mandatory for Summer 2015 applicants but the night is a great way to learn about the fun adventures coming next summer.


YMCA Shawnessy Profile: Jenny Miron

Jenny Miron

Name: Jenny Miron

Position: General Manager, Shawnessy YMCA

Years working with the YMCA: 10 years with the YMCA, 5 as the general manager in Shawnessy.

Describe your role:

To support and provide leadership to the staff and volunteers who provide services and deliver programs to members and the community. I do this by working closely with full-time directors to ensure that we’re upholding good quality programs, good customer service, and being financially responsible.

What made you choose the YMCA?

I have actually been part of the Y since I was a baby. My father worked for the Y for 25 years, and I grew up going to Camp Chief Hector as a camper. When I finished university with a Bachelor of Physical Education, I knew I wanted to be in the recreation area, and the Y just seemed to be the right choice for me. It’s always been part of who I am and the values and the culture of the Y is important to me. I think being a camper at Camp Chief Hector, as well as the skills I learned and the people I met there, shaped me to be the person that I am.

What makes the YMCA different from other recreational facilities?

One of the big things that I think separates the YMCA from other gyms is the people. Factors such as where a gym is located and its hours draw people in initially, because it’s close to their home and they can get there easy. But what keeps people staying is that culture that is created when they come in. And that’s created by not only the staff and the volunteers but also by the other people who are there. That’s one thing that we really focus on – the relationship building piece. It’s good and it’s important to sit and have those conversations with members and find out who they are and why they’re here and what they’re doing.

I also think that we are able to meet a lot of different people’s needs. We can help everyone from new moms who need some place to go to seniors who are coming in just to continue to stay fit. There’s a wide variety of people that we assist. And we are also able to assist people through our opportunity fund, which I think is another unique part of being part of the Y.

How has the YMCA positively impacted your life?

Immensely. Being a camper instilled the Y values (caring, honesty, respect and responsibility) into me, and that continued on through life. The Y is important to me, and now that I have a daughter, bringing her to the Y and having it be a part of her life is an important thing as well. I think the YMCA has shaped who I am and it has given me lots of opportunities to grow as an individual and to grow professionally.

What has your best experience here been?

The best experiences for me are when I see people I’ve interacted with through different programs being positively impacted by the Y. Like being somewhere in the community and having a child from camp come running up to me calling me by my camp name. Or seeing people signing up for memberships with their families because of an experience they had at the YMCA earlier in their own lives.

What is your favourite thing about working at the YMCA?

The people.

What would you say to someone thinking about joining the Shawnessy YMCA?

You’re joining a larger community, a larger family, and our staff and volunteers are going to be here to help and assist you in achieving whatever it is you want to achieve. It’s unique in Shawnessy because there’s always something going on. So you can always try to find something here that might spark your interest. So have fun, and enjoy, and let it become part of who you are and what your family does.


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