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Camp Chief Hector YMCA – REGISTRATION Summer 2018

Summer 2018 registration is just around the corner! It’s time to:

Returning Camper registration begins the week of December 5. *NEW START TIME – 10am*

New Camper registration begins the week of December 13.

The registration Newsletter has been emailed to families of campers who attended in 2017 and/or 2016.

Camp Descriptions are available at our website. Follow the link to registration information.
Be sure to read our TIPS and make your registration plans ahead of time.

Contact us at cchy@ymcacalgary.org or 403-269-6156 | 1-866-430-9622

Grade 6 Year End Event


Calling all Grade 6 Members!!

Join us on June 12th from 5:00-8:00pm for a free year end celebration at YMCA Camp Riveredge! We will be offering free food, games, and activities for all of our grade 6 members to celebrate the end of their grade 6 year.

All are welcome to attend this fun, free event! Each branch will be offering transportation to and from Riveredge on the day of the event. We will be meeting at Eau Claire at 4:30 for the bus.

Registration is required; please be sure to fill out and return the Eau Claire Registration Form! If you are from another branch, forms will be posted to our Grade 6 Activity Page within the week.

Activities for our celebration will include:

  • Archery
  • Gaga Ball
  • Meet and Greet with Harvey the Hound
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Challenge Course
  • Wide Games

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton at 403-781-1685. We hope to see you all there!


Eau Claire April Basketball Tournament

BBall blonde tween with friend_63586264Eau Claire is hosting another Grade 6 Basketball Tournament! Join us on Friday, April 17th from 6:00-8:15 PM to participate. Teams of 6 will be competing in a 4-on-4 style competition.

Prizes of all sorts will be awarded to participants. In addition, the top two teams will win Eau Claire Jerseys and be awarded the opportunity to compete for the Inter-Branch Trophy at the City-Wide Championship game on May 1st. Participants will be provided with drinks and light snacks on the day of the tournament. Families and friends are invited to attend to cheer their player on!

All youth ages 10-13 are invited to participate – register now for the opportunity to represent your branch! Those who wish to participate but are not members must pay the $4.00 drop-in fee on the day of the tournament.

Participants are welcome to sign-up as a full team, as a single player, or as a partial team. We will do the best we can to accommodate teammate requests, however we cannot make any guarantees. To access a registration form, click here, or speak with a representative at Member Services. Forms must be submitted to the branch no later than Thursday April 16th!!

For more information, contact Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at sarah.thornton@calgary,ymca.ca

Come S.H.I.N.E. at the YMCA

SHINE (Students for Health Initiation and Education) is a new program that is being offered exclusively through the Eau Claire YMCA. In it, our grade 6’s are offered the opportunity to learn about exercise and nutrition in an engaging and positive manner. Our program boasts participation with kinesiology and medical students through our partnership with the University of Calgary. Each class focuses on a new type of activity as well as a new topic on nutrition. Together, the YMCA and SHINE help participants to better understand their bodies and what they are capable of. They also learn how to better take care of themselves in a safe environment.


One participant, Winston*, had a particularly invigorating experience with us. During the second SHINE class, Winston came in to program looking upset. He was asked if everything was alright and his response was “Not really. I had a terrible time in gym class today!” Winston was prompted to expand more on the situation. His response was “I can’t do a push up. Everyone made fun of me and said that I wasn’t strong”.

Together, Winston and his instructor made it his goal to be able to do at least five push ups in a row by the time the SHINE program had reached session end. Over the following weeks, Winston was encouraged to develop his arm muscles through several different activities including free weight training, skipping, Cheering Boyboxing, and push up practices. By the end of the session, Winston was able to do 7 push ups without breaking and 11 push ups with a 10 second break. On the last day of program, Winston told his instructor “I can’t believe I can actually do that! I remember thinking that I would never be able to do a push up and now I can do so many!”

Winston wasn’t the only one who seemed happy about this improvement either; his mother called to inform his instructor of the change she’d seen in her son. “I am so grateful for everything the YMCA is doing with the SHINE program. Winston comes home every day after SHINE and tells us all of the things he’s learned. He’s also beginning to show his more expressive and confident side. Once after class he came home and showed his dad that he could do a push up and they spent the rest of the night working out together. I’ve seen a big change in him”.

In another instance, Carly*, an 11 year old participant, came to SHINE “without knowing a lot about healthy foods”. Carly’s family had recently moved to Canada; her father had enrolled her in the program with the hopes that she would learn more about eating healthy “Canadian food”. After Carly’s first day of nutrition instruction, she told her leader “I didn’t know that all my favourite foods were junk food; nobody ever told me that too much strawberry ice cream wasn’t very good for you.” Carly set her own goal to report back to her family about what she learned in SHINE and to reduce her sugary food intake by 1 portion per day.

Tween Girl with Backpack_12043816About halfway through the session, Carly came into program and said “I haven’t had any of the ‘Foods to Limit’ today! That means that I can have a cupcake for dessert after dinner tonight.” Carly’s father was also impressed with what she had been learning through SHINE. Through a discussion with Carly’s instructor, he had said “She is eating much less sugar these days and seems to have a lot more energy. She encourages her sisters and brother to eat less sugar too. She even started a chart in the kitchen where everybody tracks their surgery foods so we know how much we are all eating. It’s really helped us to understand what we can eat in Canada that’s healthy and what we should avoid”.


SHINE has been a fun experience for all of our participants and is a great way to get informed and stay active. This spring, we will be offering 11 weeks of our SHINE program to all students between the ages of 10 and 12. Program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 PM.

If you are interested in registering, you are able to do so either in person or online. Please note that prior to beginning program, all participants are required to have a completed registration form, which can be filled out and returned to Eau Claire Member Services. To download a Registration Form and Parent Package, click here

Barcode: 102012

For more information, please contact Sarah Thornton, Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca


**Names changed for confidentiality

Fall Programming Has Begun!

Fall session may have already begin today, but some of the most popular programs at Shawnessy YMCA still have space!

Post-Natal Fitness – Great for new moms to get back into a wellness routine (with your new favorite person in tow)
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Introduction To Yoga – A great start for learning basic yoga poses and the art of clearing your mind
Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm

Zumba – Latin dance at it’s finest, in a fun party style class! Dance your way to wellness!
Mondays, 10:30-11:30am & 6:15-7:15pm, Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 10:30-11:30am

Pre-Natal Yoga – Expecting? Teach your body to limber up in a comfortable and safe environment with other expectant moms
Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm

Boxer’s Workout – An amazing option for sport conditioning, teaching and honing different skills to all that come!
Wednesdays 5:15-6:45pm

For more information of these feature classes as well as other classes that are still open for registrations, please call 403-256-5533.   The YMCA offers rolling registration and accepts registrations throughout the session (unless a class fills up).

Contributing to a Healthy Community: Group Exercise Etiquette

Participating in a group exercise class can be a very motivating and enjoyable fitness activity.  There are as many reasons for taking a group class as there are people in the class!  Some are there primarily to socialize and visit with friends.  Others want to take away ideas for their personal workouts.  Still others want to work hard throughout the class and get in the most intense workout possible.  Whatever your reason for participating, please keep the following points in mind:

  • If you are there primarily to socialize, please respect the people who are there to get in a good workout and keep your conversation to a whisper level (or stay to the back of the room/pool).
  • New to group exercise?  Please come a few minutes early and let the instructor know so that she/he can ensure you stay safe during the class.
  • Ditto if you have any mobility issues that require exercise modification.
  • Please come on time – it is unsafe for you to miss the warm up and jump right into the class.
  • Stay right until the end – the stretch is the most important part of any exercise class – your muscles have worked hard and they need the flexibility training and relaxation provided during the final portion of the class.
  • Make sure you bring a water bottle.  It is critical that you stay hydrated during class to avoid cramping, headaches, nausea, etc.

Most of all, have fun – that’s what group exercise is all about!

Saddletowne Preschool Winter Term 2013

Our Preschool Winter term has begun and spots are still available!  Check out our Winter Calendar online, or stop by our branch to visit the Preschool spaces.  Whether your child is crazy about sports, excited about cooking or interested in getting creative with arts and crafts, we’re sure to have a class for them!

If you have any questions about this or any upcoming Preschool terms please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Elliot at 403-537-2712 or selliot@calgary.ymca.ca.

Saddletowne Preschool Winter Term 2013

Our Preschool Winter term has begun and spots are still available!  Check out our Winter Calendar online, or stop by our branch to visit the Preschool spaces.  Whether your child is crazy about sports, excited about cooking or interested in getting creative with arts and crafts, we’re sure to have a class for them!

If you have any questions about this or any upcoming Preschool terms please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Elliot at 403-537-2712 or selliot@calgary.ymca.ca.


We are pleased to be offering a fall Member Night on October 4th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This will give you a chance to meet fellow members, staff and volunteers of your YMCA.  Learn more about what we have to offer you and ask questions over coffee and healthy snacks. This is your opportunity to connect with others in your wellness journey. 

If you are interested in attending, please register at the Member Services desk with the following course code 78489.

 We look forward to seeing you there.