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Grade 6 Launch Party!

The grade 6 launch party was a great success with lots of people coming to the facility and participating in different activities! Keep an eye out for more special event!

Octobers activity schedules for October will be up soon, for your individual facility please check here.

 


LINC Summer Fun!

Neelam's Class

Neelam’s Class

I can’t believe September is here already! It has been a busy summer for the YMCA Calgary LINC classes. Let’s see what everyone has been up to this summer.

Jackie’s South LINC class took a field trip to Fish Creek Park, where they had a traditional Canadian BBQ. The class had fun in the sun, ate delicious food, and learned a few things, too! For example, one of Jackie’s students said,  “First, I think before we want to have outdoor activity, we should have plan and have a list. Second, I can see everyone help together to make a fire and clean up after finish activity.” Great tips!

After the BBQ, a student said, “This was the first time I had been celebrated at the park with my classmates in Canada. So I was very happy at that time.” Another student said, “Actually, that activity was just wow. We had lots of fun. Because of BBQ, we enjoyed foods. We played games, which was also fun.”  Sounds like the first Canadian BBQ was a success!

Jackie's Class BBQ

Jackie’s Class BBQ

Jessica’s LINC class at South Health Campus worked hard on a new Community Garden project. Students  learned about what to grow in Calgary’s climate, and worked together to plant, water, and harvest their crops. One of Jessica’s students gave some feedback about the garden.

“The garden is a wonderful place which I rarely felt so before. Whenever I walk into the garden, I can not help being in a state of resembling intoxication by the fresh and fragrant air. Before touching the garden, I didn’t have any experience in how to handle a garden, but I am knowing more and more since I was attracted by the garden like watering, soil handling, etc.” – Helen

Meanwhile, Neelam’s North LINC class was busy creating Story Sacks and learning about the benefits of reading to kids. The students practiced their stories with kids from the YMCA Preschool and Childcare programs. Everyone had a blast! Great job!

Story Time!

Story Time!

Carly’s North LINC class went indoor rock-climbing, with the help of some awesome Saddletowne YMCA Volunteers! Carly’s class bravely climbed the wall, and some students even conquered a fear of heights. Osama, a young man from Pakistan, perfectly summed up the activity. “I so scared, my arms feel so weak and like jelly. I sweat so much, I thought my glasses fell off. My teacher and friends encourage and cheer for me, so I try a second time. The second time I feel like a king. I went more high than the first time. I am brave now.” Way to go, everybody!!

Climbing High!

Climbing High!

Osama Climbs!

Osama Climbs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Soccer Summer Camps at Crowfoot YMCA

Soccer Summer Camps are Here

Did you know that Crowfoot YMCA offers a Soccer Development Summer Camp for ages 6-13? This week-long soccer development camp focusses on growing soccer skills through fitness activities, soccer skill development, cross-training, swimming, and games. With an emphasis on teamwork and a love of the game, this camp is sure to be a KICK with kids!

Additionally, Crowfoot YMCA offers a variety of other summer camps, including Creative Arts Camps, and Swimming Camps. Space is limited and filling up fast, so sign up today!

Course codes can be found here.

Register online or by visiting or calling Member Services at 403-547-6576. As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.


Beat the heat this summer

Summer is one of the most active times of the year for many children and families. Outdoor activities increase as the days get longer. It is important for people to take the proper precautions with the rising temperatures and sun exposure throughout the day. Being active in the heat can be fun, but it can also pose a danger if you do not allow your body sufficient time to cool down. Here are a few ideas to beat the heat this summer:

  • Drink plenty of water: It is important to stay hydrated. Make sure to carry a full water bottle with you at all times.
  • Shower or bathe frequently in cool water: It will help you stay cool by lowering your body temperature and making you feel refreshed.
  • Make sure to wear Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen as it helps keep ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. Dressing in light, loose clothing that covers bare skin is another sun-safe move.
  • Have a family swim: Find a local pool or splash pad to spend the afternoon at while keeping cool. Perhaps one of the local YMCA Calgary pools?
  • Take advantage of the cooler times of the day for activities: Early mornings and later evenings are the best times for strenuous activity.
  • Enjoy a cool treat: Ice cream, popsicles or freezies are enjoyable at any age. Or, try frozen fruit snacks such as grapes and bananas.
  • Look for inside or shade activities: Arts and crafts, reading or a favourite family board game are a great way to take a break from the mid-day heat.

girl swimming

 

Summer fun for the entire family!

 


Day Camps at Crowfoot YMCA

Crowfoot YMCA Summer Day Camps

There are still spots available at Crowfoot YMCA’s summer camps – sign up today! We offer a wide variety of active and engaging camps in a safe and fun environment. Specialty Day Camps focusing on Soccer, Creative Arts, Swimming, and Youth Leadership are also available. For a full description of the camps we offer, visit our website.

As of June 11th, 2015, the following camps still have room:

Tenderfoot, Ages 3-5:

Tenderfoot Camp: | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Tenderfoot Morning Camp: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 20-24 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 |
| Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Tenderfoot Afternoon Camp: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 20-24 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 |
| Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Tenderfoot Swim Option: | Jul. 20-31 | Aug. 4-14 | Aug. 17-28 |

Discoverers, Ages 6-7:

Discoverers Camp: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 20-24 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Discoverers Creative Art Option: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Discoverers Soccer Option: | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 24-28 |
Discoverers Swim Option: | Aug. 17-28 |

Explorers, Ages 8-9:

Explorers Camp: | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 24-28 |
Explorers Creative Art Option: | Jul. 13-17 | Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 24-28 |
Explorers Soccer Option: | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 10-14 | Aug. 24-28 |
Explorers Swim Option: | Jul. 6-17 | Jul. 20-31 | Aug. 4-14 | Aug. 17-28 |

Adventurers, Ages 10-11:

Adventurers Camp: | Aug. 4-7 |
Adventurers Creative Art Option: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 20-24 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 17-21 |
Adventurers Soccer Option: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 20-24 | Aug. 17-21 |
Adventurers Swim Option: | Jul. 20-31 | Aug. 4-14 |

Challengers, Ages 12-13:

Challengers Camp: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 13-17 | Jul. 20-24 | Jul. 27-31 | Aug. 4-7 | Aug. 10-14 || Aug. 17-21 | Aug. 24-28 |
Challengers Soccer Option: | Jul. 6-10 | Jul. 20-24 | Aug. 17-21 |
Challengers Swim Option: | Jul. 6-17 | Jul. 20-31 | Aug. 4-14 | Aug. 17-28 |

Ultimate Leaders, Ages 14-15:

| Jul. 6-17 | Aug. 4-14 |

Dailies:

On June 29th, 30th & July 2nd and 3rd, we are running camp Dailies, which are one day camps with the same ages and options as the camps above (except Ultimate Leaders).

Course codes can be found here.

Register online or by visiting or calling Member Services at 403-547-6576.
As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.


Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run

Registration is Still Open!

Space is still available to join in the fun and get your run on. 
This year join 2014 Calgary Marathon winner, Maria Zambrano!

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Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!

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Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

Fees:
Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Register Online Now!

 


Staying cool in the pool

Swimming has always been one of my favourite things to do during the summer months and it isn’t often I have the opportunity to go swimming during the winter. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to expand upon my role as the YMCA Childcare Administrator by participating in recreational swim time with the adventurous children of the Saddletowne Child Development Centre. I had such a great time experiencing how the children and staff interacted with one another in the playful and exciting pool environment.

When people imagine young children in the pool they can easily envision a formal lesson or playful splashing fun. What I saw was a wonderful combination of children having fun while also having an educational experience. Children encouraged each other to try new things such as jumping off the ledge into the water or using the slide to enter the pool. Some children were a bit timid but, with encouragement and support from their teachers and friends, everyone either took the leap or slide. And, most importantly, everyone had a great time and experienced a true sense of accomplishment.

What I found most interesting during my time in the pool was how the caregivers blended play with the teaching of water safety habits – walk on the pool deck to avoid injury, jump into the pool feet first, sit on your bottom to use the slide and tips for floating while wearing a life jacket. All of this was accomplished with gentle reminders inserted at just the right moment during activity time.

I really enjoyed making some new friends and look forward to the next time an opportunity presents itself for me to join one of our childcare groups on a play-filled adventure.

YMCA Calgary currently operates three licensed childcare centres. Days are filled with intentional play-based activities that provide for developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. Recreational swim time is one way we support young children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

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YMCA Strong Kids 5K, 10K and Family Fun Run

YMCA Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run

Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!

SKfamilyrun

Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

Fees:
Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Register Online Now!

 


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