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Let the Y work out your summer job for you!

SPRING has barely sprung and plans are already afoot for summer camps at YMCA Calgary.

Vice president of operations Kelly Smith is busy planning for the summer fun ahead and this means recruiting some of the hundreds of young people needed to help staff the popular summer camps and summer programs.

Kelly explained why the Y is a good choice for a summer job: “It is a fun place. It is a great place to learn about yourself and develop personally.”

Day camp counsellors are need at all of the YMCA branches, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, Crowfoot, South Health Campus and Shawnessy.

Primarily they are in charge of children aged three to 15 years old so applicants would need to be a minimum of 17 years old.

Kelly continued: “We are looking for young people who are happy supervising children, planning, working with other staff and the kids and interacting with parents on a daily basis. There is quite a wide range of experience that they get while working for the Y and they are given training as well.”

Recruiters will be looking for applicants who have the ability to fit in and be responsible while supervising youngsters. People who are fun, outgoing and have a flexible approach to manage change.

Kelly added: “A good section of our summer staff are previous summer workers. We have a healthy mix of new and experienced and always try to place our experienced staff with the inexperienced staff.”

YMCA Calgary is also looking for lifeguards and swim instructors across all its branches but particularly in Saddletowne.

If you would like to apply for a summer job at YMCA Calgary, click here to find out more.


How Kids Succeed…at Summer Camp!

Best-selling author and journalist Paul Tough’s new book, “How Kids Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” looks at opportunities that help kids thrive, grow, lead and belong. It’s a great book, and a best-seller. It lists skills that build positive character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Sound a lot like the skills children and youth develop at summer camp! Do you recall feeling some of these character traits developing in you during your days at summer camp? Did you see them around you?

Research confirms the growth we see in campers and the growth we see in our camp staff colleagues.

I recall a group of 12-year-olds returning, singing, from their hiking trip in the snow and wind. They looked well-rested, well-dressed, well-fed and comfortable. I asked them how they learnt such perseverance and optimism. They told me, clearly and proudly: “From our counsellors!”

Hiking with friends – CCH YMCA…can you guess where?

How Kids Succeed…at Summer Camp!

Best-selling author and journalist Paul Tough’s new book, “How Kids Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” looks at opportunities that help kids thrive, grow, lead and belong. It’s a great book, and a best-seller. It lists skills that build positive character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Sound a lot like the skills children and youth develop at summer camp! Do you recall feeling some of these character traits developing in you during your days at summer camp? Did you see them around you?

Research confirms the growth we see in campers and the growth we see in our camp staff colleagues.

I recall a group of 12-year-olds returning, singing, from their hiking trip in the snow and wind. They looked well-rested, well-dressed, well-fed and comfortable. I asked them how they learnt such perseverance and optimism. They told me, clearly and proudly: “From our counsellors!”

Hiking with friends – CCH YMCA…can you guess where?

Teachers’ Convention and Spring Break Day Camp Registration Starts Tomorrow!

Registration opens tomorrow (January 1, 2013) for Teachers’ Convention and Spring Break Day Camps at all of the YMCA Calgary branches! Check out the program guide online at https://www.ymcacalgary.org/index.php?page=programs and contact Member Services at your nearest branch to register.

Teachers’ Convention Camps will take place February 14 and 15, 2013 at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy.

Spring Break Camps will take place March 25 to March 28, 2013 at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy and April 1 to April 5, 2013 at Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy.


Teachers’ Convention and Spring Break Day Camp Registration Starts Tomorrow!

Registration opens tomorrow (January 1, 2013) for Teachers’ Convention and Spring Break Day Camps at all of the YMCA Calgary branches! Check out the program guide online at https://www.ymcacalgary.org/index.php?page=programs and contact Member Services at your nearest branch to register.

Teachers’ Convention Camps will take place February 14 and 15, 2013 at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy.

Spring Break Camps will take place March 25 to March 28, 2013 at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy and April 1 to April 5, 2013 at Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy.


Day Camp Spaces Still Available!

Looking for something fun for your children to do for a week or two? We still have some spaces left in July and August for day camps at all of our locations. Campers splash in our pools, get creative with crafts, learn new games and sports, run off some energy outside and make friends. Please contact Member Services for more details about open spots.

Crowfoot: 403 547 6576

Eau Claire: 403 268 6701

Saddletowne: 403 237 2393

Shawnessy: 403 256 5533


ESL Day Camps at Saddletowne!

This Summer we are pleased to offer ESL day camps at the Saddletowne YMCA. ESL day camps combine a typical day camp experience with activities that help develop English language skills. Participants will take part in arts and crafts, games, drama, gym time, singing, recreational swimming and weekly out trips all along side with English speaking campers.

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way for your children to learn English as a second language, then this is definitely the place to be!

Age: 6 years to 13 years old

Date: July 3- Aug 24 2012 ( weekly)

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

*pre care and post care is also available 7:30 am- 8:30 am/ 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Cost: $155 for members   $175 for non members 

Please contact Nikol McDonald-Robart  403-237-2393 for more information


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