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Peace Week Eco-Challenge Results!

“Let’s do our part in contributing towards the big change. Let’s create a greener today for a more peaceful tomorrow.”
This Peace Week, YMCA staff members participated in an Eco-Challenge. This challenge encouraged a little friendly competition between YMCA branches to encourage greater mindfulness around being ‘green’ in our daily lives, and think about why this is relevant to Peace Week. Some highlights of the challenge include:
• ECY re-initiated the use of their compost
• A brand new staff take home recycling program at Crowfoot
• South Health campus and Saddletowne engaged part time staff ….
• Green Glenda, Crowfoot’s new Green Mascot
• Branch Ambassadors did an amazing job of keeping staff on track! A special thank you to Lukas Koutroumanos, Kelly Colson, Nancy Trudel, Jenni Thompson, and Jamie Schiwy
• Every participating branch raised at least 100 points!
After much deliberation and calculation, the International Committee awarded the 2013 YMCA Eco-Challenge Awards to….Crowfoot AND Eau Claire YMCA’s!!!
Why the tie, you ask? It was simply impossible to decide between these two branches. Eau Claire’s overall points were off the charts, and they managed to restart their composting program. Crowfoot showed an extremely strong team effort and a great deal of creativity in their approach to green initiatives. As such, both branches will receive awards for their amazing contributions! Thanks again to everyone for participating, the results were truly impressive. Although Peace Week is over, the challenge to reduce our environmental footprint continues! YMCA staff are keeping this in mind as we  keep up the green work in our daily lives.
In closing, the following images are tips from Crowfoot’s new mascot, Green Glenda…

Green Glenda with her trusty reusable containers

Green Glenda helping to reduce waste at the Member Services desk


Peace Week Eco-Challenge Results!

“Let’s do our part in contributing towards the big change. Let’s create a greener today for a more peaceful tomorrow.”
This Peace Week, YMCA staff members participated in an Eco-Challenge. This challenge encouraged a little friendly competition between YMCA branches to encourage greater mindfulness around being ‘green’ in our daily lives, and think about why this is relevant to Peace Week. Some highlights of the challenge include:
• ECY re-initiated the use of their compost
• A brand new staff take home recycling program at Crowfoot
• South Health campus and Saddletowne engaged part time staff ….
• Green Glenda, Crowfoot’s new Green Mascot
• Branch Ambassadors did an amazing job of keeping staff on track! A special thank you to Lukas Koutroumanos, Kelly Colson, Nancy Trudel, Jenni Thompson, and Jamie Schiwy
• Every participating branch raised at least 100 points!
After much deliberation and calculation, the International Committee awarded the 2013 YMCA Eco-Challenge Awards to….Crowfoot AND Eau Claire YMCA’s!!!
Why the tie, you ask? It was simply impossible to decide between these two branches. Eau Claire’s overall points were off the charts, and they managed to restart their composting program. Crowfoot showed an extremely strong team effort and a great deal of creativity in their approach to green initiatives. As such, both branches will receive awards for their amazing contributions! Thanks again to everyone for participating, the results were truly impressive. Although Peace Week is over, the challenge to reduce our environmental footprint continues! YMCA staff are keeping this in mind as we  keep up the green work in our daily lives.
In closing, the following images are tips from Crowfoot’s new mascot, Green Glenda…

Green Glenda with her trusty reusable containers

Green Glenda helping to reduce waste at the Member Services desk


YMCA Outdoor Schools

Did you know Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers a variety of outdoor schools? Options include:

ECO School: This four-day program aims to develop environmental awareness and community building in an outdoor setting for grade 5 and 6 students. Student learning is fun, active and experiential. Outdoor school counsellors help students use maps to explore the site, examine various tree species, play the Predator-Prey game and build team-work through the low-ropes and challenge courses. Rate $215.25 (includes GST) per student.

Outdoor Experiential School (O.E.S.): This four-day program is designed for students in grades 7 to 12 and aims to foster positive social growth, group awareness and leadership development. Students participate in a number of activities designed to build teamwork and outdoor living skills. A major component of the program is the planning and completion of a full-day focus activity in one of three disciplines: Hiking, horseback riding or canoeing. Rate: $273.00 (includes GST) per student.

SunshipTM Earth: A four-day internationally recognized grade 5 and 6 program developed by the Institute for Earth Education that encourages students to reconnect with the earth and reflect upon their ecological practices. Students learn about energy flow, cycling, diversity, community, interrelationships, change and adaptations. Activities such as helping a giant leaf photosythesize, building soil from rocks and playing the role of a squirrel as its food resources change, helps students to understand these concepts. Students also take part in the Predator-Prey game, team-building activities and the construction of a small world. Rate: $225.75 (includes GST) per student.

Hector Spring School: A four-day program designed to meet various learning objectives from the grade 5 and 6 science and social studies curricula. Students will learn about the food chain as they play the Predator-Prey game and revisit the past as they explore our Voyageur heritage. During their day hike, students will venture around the foothills and learn to identify the various tree species. Students will learn about the stories of early Canadians as they participate in cultural activities, such as tipi living and animal tracking. Rate: $220.50 (includes GST) per student.

Custom Bookings: Programs are available for school groups who want to work together and develop leadership skills. With the guidance of YMCA staff members, students are able to participate in activities such as initiative games, low-ropes, archery, hiking, the challenge course and the high-ropes area. It is also possible to book our site for teacher-facilitated programs or band camps. Program length can range from a one-day experience to a multiple day residential program. Rates vary depending on program options.

  • Click here to find out more about YMCA Calgary outdoor schools; or
  • Call (403) 673-3858 extension 201

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