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Meet the Saddletowne YMCA’s Youth and Day Camps Director!

Adam Luciuk aka Splinter

Youth, Climbing and Day Camp Director

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With so many Summer Day Camps offered throughout the city, why should families choose YMCA Saddletowne Day Camps?

We offer fun, adventurous and safe summer experiences for children of all ages in our vibrant community. They can explore swimming, climbing, off-site day trips, gym activities, arts and crafts, the great outdoors and much more. Very few other camps offer as many different activities within their regular day camps as we do. Let your children discover a new passion with us!

What are you most excited about this summer?

I am very excited about our NEW Sport Development Camps. Our skilled sports coach will help young athletes of any ability to achieve their potential this summer. Whether your child is passionate about soccer or basketball, or wants to try something new and excited this summer, this camp is for them.

 

When you’re not leading our Day Camps this summer, what will you be doing?

When I’m not at work, I’ll be spending time in the great outdoors, camping and exploring new places. When I’m not spending time in the outdoors, I’ll be working on a project: planning what experience I will embark on next or looking for a creative way to share my knowledge with others.

Thinking back to last summer, what did our Day Campers teach you the most?

That life should be fun!


Camp Chief Hector – Summer 2015 Registration Dates

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2015 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS – How to register

Thursday, November 20 | Leadership I | Online or by telephone | LDI Registration Tips
Tuesday, November 25 | August Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Thursday, November 27 | July Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Friday, November 28 | 6-day Family Camps and Day Camps | By telephone ONLY

NEW CAMPERS – How to register

All ages, all camps (including Day Camps and Family Camps)
Monday, December 1 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY
Wednesday, December 3 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Summer Camp Session dates and prices.

For more information on how to register and our new cancellation policy, click here.

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.


Food Drive SUCCESS!

Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.

Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.

Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.

We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!

[Update: Tuesday, August 19 – With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]

If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.

 

Photos

Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!

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Stories

Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.

On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.

In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.

Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.

Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.

 

Impact

At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.

Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.

Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.

But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.

Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.

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“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”

For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.

“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.

For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.

 


Food Drive

Kids in Motion and Day Camp participants (will be collecting non-perishable food in Calgary communities. All donations will go to the Calgary Food Bank.

The children will be collecting in the following sixteen communities on the following days:

Wednesday, August 13:
Connaught, Millican/Ogden, Vista/Mayland Heights, Marlborough Park, Falconridge

Thursday, August 14:
Rosscarrock, West Dover, Inglewood, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Huntington Hills, Arbour Lake, Sunnyside, Altadore, Somerset, Martindale

Friday, August 15: 
Auburn Bay


Camp Riveredge – Nature in the City

Camp Riveredge Day Camp

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Fan Wu, Program Manager at Eau Claire YMCA, to chat about Camp Riveredge. Located in a gated area of Sandy Beach Park, YMCA Camp Riveredge is an outdoor camp inside the city.

Fan helps coordinate Riveredge Day Camps and says it’s one of Calgary’s best-kept secrets. It’s completely different from any other day camp in the city and is a completely unique experience for kids.

“It’s the stepping stone between YMCA branch day camps and YMCA Camp Chief Hector overnight camp,” Fan said.

Campers at Camp Riveredge day camps participate in a lot of the same activities as normal summer camps. Low ropes challenge courses, bouldering walls for low climbing, archery, field games, orienteering, crafts, campfire, canoeing and even tubing on the river. They have tipis for shelter and spend nearly all of their time outside.

“It’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Fan said. “It’s outdoors, away from video games and technology. It’s a great time of play.”

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Parent Kirsten Silcox has already signed her kids up for Camp Riveredge this summer after the fantastic experience they had last year.

“My two children attended Camp Riveredge for the first time last year. I had originally signed them up for a week in July and a week in August, they loved it so much I had to switch them from the YMCA swim camp so they could go for two more weeks.

They loved being outdoors, the crafts and especially the games! They came home every night singing songs they learned at campfire. I have signed them up again for several weeks this summer and they can’t wait to go. I would recommend this camp to all parents whose children have a love of the outdoors.”

“Getting kids to experience nature is really important,” Fan said. “This is an easy way to do that.”

YMCA Camp Riveredge day camps run for one or two week sessions throughout the summer. Children are divided into age groups from 6-15 years old. Camp runs from 8:30am-4:30pm and busing is available from YMCA Calgary locations from 7:30am with pick-up by 5:30pm.

Spaces are Still Available for Camp Riveredge Campers. Register your child today!
Call any YMCA Calgary location to register children for Camp Riveredge Day Camps.

Questions about Camp Riveredge can be directed to Jessica or Christine at (403) 781-1667
jessica.carrier@calgary.ymca.ca or christine.erkens@calgary.ymca.ca

 


How to Prepare for Day Camp

 

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Day camps can be a great option for parents who work during the summer. It’s a fun childcare option where kids get to meet other kids, be active, and learn new things.

But day camps, especially for younger kids, can be a little scary.

 

Here are 11 tips to help you and your child prepare for day camp:

1. Allow your child to help choose their summer day camps, based on their own interests.

If they get to help choose, they will look forward to it more. One positive experience will lead to future positive experiences.

2.  Register your child with a friend

Going to a new place with a lot of new kids is easier if a neighbour or playmate is there with them.

3. Bring your child to the day camp location a few days before it begins.

Walking around the building and seeing and talking about the activities they will participate in will allow your child to get used to the idea of going there.
 
4. Choose a durable backpack appropriate for your child’s size.

A backpack that is too large can become awkward and heavy for a child to carry. Having a mesh pocket for easy access to a water bottle will help ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day.
 
5. Pack the backpack with essentials together – water bottle, sunscreen, hat, raincoat, lunch, snacks, swim suit and towel.

Feeling prepared for the day will help any kid feel a little more excited to go.
 
6. Label your child’s belongings with their name.

Talking about keeping track of their belongings will help them be careful where they put things at camp, and lower the risk of losing something special.
 
7. Layer your child in weather appropriate clothing and running shoes.

Again, feeling prepared will help a child feel comfortable.
 
8. Read all of the parent and camp info together with your child.

Allowing them to learn more about the day camp before they go will help them know what to expect.
 
9. Fill out all medical forms and make sure your child knows about their own allergies or special needs.

Make sure all medications or Epi-pens are easily accessible to camp staff.
 
10. Pack a note or photo in your child’s lunch each day to let them know you are thinking about them.

Knowing mom or dad is still thinking of them, even while they are in a new place, can help a child relax and settle in to their day.
 
11. Talk about camp together before, during and after.

Each morning talk excitedly about what adventures the day might hold, and when you pick them up at the end of the day encourage them to tell you stories of what they did. This will help the child process their experience and become more excited for the next time they attend day camp.
 
What helpful tips have you used to prepare your child for day camp?


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – New Camper registration

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2014 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS

OVERNIGHT CAMPS, FAMILY CAMP and DAY CAMPS | registration now ongoing

NEW CAMPERS
All ages, all camps
Thursday, December 5 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY, 8:30am

Tuesday, December 10 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.
Click here for information about HOW TO REGISTER.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.

 


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – New Camper registration

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2014 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS

OVERNIGHT CAMPS, FAMILY CAMP and DAY CAMPS | registration now ongoing

NEW CAMPERS
All ages, all camps
Thursday, December 5 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY, 8:30am

Tuesday, December 10 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.
Click here for information about HOW TO REGISTER.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.

 


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Summer Camp Registration – are you ready?

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2014 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS

FAMILY CAMP and DAY CAMPS | Tuesday, December 3 | by telephone ONLY

CAMPS ages 7-16Y | registration now ongoing

NEW CAMPERS
All ages, all camps
Thursday, December 5 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY, 8:30am

Tuesday, December 10 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.
Click here for information about HOW TO REGISTER.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.


Let The Day-Camp Games Begin!

Today is Day One of 2013 Summer Day Camps at your YMCA!

Things To Remember As A Day Camp Parent:
~Give yourself extra time. The line-up for check-in on day one is always the longest. Remember that ID will be checked before you enter the drop-off zone and again with the councellor. This will happen every day at drop-off and pick-up.
~Anyone who hasn’t completed a med form online will have to fill one out before entering the drop-off zone, no exceptions.
~It’s a hot one out there! Be sure to send your child with a water bottle and lots of sunscreen.
~Bug spray will probably be necessary; it’s going to be a “mosquito” kinda year!

Things To Remember As A General Member:
~Day Camps have a lot of campers that are going to be taking up a lot of space; check the gym pool schedule at your branch for accurate room availability
~These are our future leaders! Patience and kindness and appreciated as our campers roam our halls, swim in our pools, and play in our fields.

Things To Remember As A Camper:
~Have Fun!

Here’s to a wonderful summer!
YMCA Calgary: Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility


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