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*NEW* Family Outdoor School – Outdoor education for Homeschoolers

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is pleased to announce a new program for families who homeschool their kids.

FAMILY OUTDOOR SCHOOL is an exciting opportunity for the whole family to experience Outdoor Education at Camp! This 3-night, 4-day Outdoor School experience is offered in June 2018. This program is a great way to get unplugged, reconnect with your family and get into the woods with your children.

Click HERE for full details

Registration is open NOW!
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

CAMP CHIEF HECTOR YMCA
Family Outdoor School
June 11-14, 2018
1st Adult  $285   |   2nd Adult  $100   |   5Y – 17Y  $260   |   0-4Y  FREE

 


Shawnessy YMCA Grade 6 NSTEP Healthy Eating workshop.

With the cold weather setting in, some of our Grade 6 members took part in a healthy eating workshop facilit20150108_173029ated by NSTEP at the Shawnessy YMCA on Thursday January 8th 2015. It was the first workshop of the New Year and it was a great success.

In total twelve grade 6 members took part in making some healthy pumpkin spice muffins. They had the opportunity to ty out their measuring skills, work as a team, and of course they each got to eat the muffins in the end also!

This workshop would not have been possible without the support from the Flames Foundation For Life and NSTEP health eating.

If you are interested in finding out more about Grade 6 Membership activities, please contact your local branch.

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Math Tutoring Program at Eau Claire YMCA!

We still have spots available at Eau Claire YMCA for math tutoring. Math tutoring is offered at no cost to motivated high school students who need some extra help.

If you’re interested, please fill out the Student Application Form and Fax it to the number on the application.

If you have any questions, please contact Nada Rustom at nrustom@calgary.ymca.ca

 


What’s up with YMAP Summer Explorer’s you ask!? Volunteering, volunteering, volunteering!

The YMAP Summer Explorer’s program of 18 immigrant high school youth has struck a balance of keeping students busy throughout the summer with valuable life experience. In July the students received financial assistance to complete a Summer School course.

Mustard Seed Street Clean-Up

In August the students are out and about all over the city volunteering and are learning in an experiential way about the City of Calgary and it’s many resources.

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-August, until I start looking back on the summer and remember the many places our group has been. In just 2 weeks we have cleaned lockers and floors at the Mustard Seed, sorted through donations and clothing at the Drop-In and Rehabilitation Center, served dinner for 80 at Inn from the Cold society, helped drop off bags for an Inter-Faith Food drive with the 3-6 year old kids at YMCA day camps in Saddletowne. . . . it has been a full 2 weeks indeed!

We still have more to come with the Mustard Seed, Inter-faith Food Drive, as well as a full week volunteering our time with Global Fest – a spectacular exhibition and festival of fireworks.

Some of the students in this program will be completing up to 50 hours volunteering over the course of 4 weeks! That old stereotype that high school youth may not care and sleep the summer away has been blown out of the water as this group of students is beyond committed to getting out of the house and contributing towards the greater community of Calgary in small ways. They learned from a staff member at the Drop-In Center how their organization would need to hire quite a few more full-time staff if they didn’t have the volunteers that they do every day. This caught the students by surprise and has set the tone for their attitude towards volunteering and its integral role for many organizations.

All in all this summer has been jam packed for the students with good laughs, lots of public transit, an expanded view of the City of Calgary and most importantly a deeper understanding of the important role volunteering plays in our communities. Way to go YMAP!


What’s up with YMAP Summer Explorer’s you ask!? Volunteering, volunteering, volunteering!

The YMAP Summer Explorer’s program of 18 immigrant high school youth has struck a balance of keeping students busy throughout the summer with valuable life experience. In July the students received financial assistance to complete a Summer School course.

Mustard Seed Street Clean-Up

In August the students are out and about all over the city volunteering and are learning in an experiential way about the City of Calgary and it’s many resources.

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-August, until I start looking back on the summer and remember the many places our group has been. In just 2 weeks we have cleaned lockers and floors at the Mustard Seed, sorted through donations and clothing at the Drop-In and Rehabilitation Center, served dinner for 80 at Inn from the Cold society, helped drop off bags for an Inter-Faith Food drive with the 3-6 year old kids at YMCA day camps in Saddletowne. . . . it has been a full 2 weeks indeed!

We still have more to come with the Mustard Seed, Inter-faith Food Drive, as well as a full week volunteering our time with Global Fest – a spectacular exhibition and festival of fireworks.

Some of the students in this program will be completing up to 50 hours volunteering over the course of 4 weeks! That old stereotype that high school youth may not care and sleep the summer away has been blown out of the water as this group of students is beyond committed to getting out of the house and contributing towards the greater community of Calgary in small ways. They learned from a staff member at the Drop-In Center how their organization would need to hire quite a few more full-time staff if they didn’t have the volunteers that they do every day. This caught the students by surprise and has set the tone for their attitude towards volunteering and its integral role for many organizations.

All in all this summer has been jam packed for the students with good laughs, lots of public transit, an expanded view of the City of Calgary and most importantly a deeper understanding of the important role volunteering plays in our communities. Way to go YMAP!


YMCA Calgary Going Global

YMCA Calgary is part of a global movement of YMCA’s in approximately 120 countries. Through the Global Initiatives department YMCA Calgary is able to develop a global perspective in the members and participants of our programs and services, while supporting the global movement of YMCAs. The Global Initiatives department has a number of strategies:

YMCA Global Partners

 

YMCAs build strong kids, strong families and strong communities not only in Calgary, but also in more than 120 countries around the world. Partnerships promote sharing of knowledge and resources with YMCAs in other parts of the globe and provide opportunity to support local community development work abroad. Through exchanges, staff and volunteers from both associations learn from each other’s strengths and benefit from exposure to new cultures/perspectives. YMCA Calgary currently partners with YMCA Ukraine and YMCA Bogota, Colombia

YMCA Global Peacebuilders

YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of war. It requires the presence of something – the recognition of basic human rights and the provision of basic human needs. Since 1984, YMCAs across Canada have spent the third week in November organizing special activities to engage children, youth and adults in exploring peace from local and global perspectives. Annually, YMCA Peace Week brings Associations together with international partner YMCAs and hundreds of school and community partners in a week long event that highlights our common interest in creating a more just and peaceful world.

YMCA Global Experiences

To further support our Global Partnerships YMCA Calgary sponsors exchanges between Calgary and our partners in Ukraine and Bogota. Such exchanges are meant to benifit both YMCA’s. Teaching all of us new ways to engage youth and build healthy communities.

 YMCA Global Opportunities to Give

Through YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids campaign, donors can designate support to one of our Global Partners. Another choice is to support our Emergency Responce fund which provides support for YMCA’s who request emergency relief.

For more information contact the Assistant General Manager of Community Branch at 403 537-1716.


How AEMA Keeps You Safe

Did you know the Goverment of Alberta has a department dedicated to your safety? The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) works to inform and prepare the public should an emergency take place in your home, office, school, public or just about any place you can be:

The primary objective of the public awareness and education programs and services of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) is to create an informed public that knows the steps that should be taken to prevent and respond to a wide range of emergency incidents. These steps are to protect life, property, and the environment, and to promptly notify emergency response services.

Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. The basic tenet of public awareness and education is to increase their knowledge to enable safe attitudes and behaviours.

Check out what the Province of Alberta is doing to help inform people and keep us all safe by visiting the AEMA website.


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


YMCA International Conference

YMCA Calgary is delighted and excited to be chosen the host city for the 2015 YMCA International Conference!

The conference is a joint initiative of YMCA Canada, YMCA Mexico and YMCA of the USA. The YMCA International Conference is designed to support and strengthen the international programs and partnerships of the three sponsoring national movements.

The conference also helps YMCAs in North America to strenthen engagement with diverse constiuencies and cnading demographics within our own communities. Its a key vehicle for Canada, Mexico and the USA to achieve discussion of cross-border and global issues.

Find out more about YMCA Calgary’s International work.

 


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