Free for every Grade 6 student in Calgary!
Through the generous support of the Calgary Flames Foundation, every Grade 6 student in Calgary receives a free YMCA Membership and active programming throughout their Grade 6 year.
The goal of the program is to support youth as they transition/age out of traditional child care models, develop new interests and prepare for junior high. The program was designed to give youth a safe place to practice independence, develop healthy habits, and establish a sense of belonging in a centre of community that promotes the values of respect, honesty, caring and responsibility.
A year of healthy, social fun – unplugged!
Parents/Guardians can sign-up their child by completing a registration form online, or at any YMCA Calgary location. Bring your form along with your child’s Grade 5 report card, school ID or a signed letter from a school administrator or teacher to any YMCA location.
A Member Services team member will provide your child with a membership card, details on our Grade 6 Member Orientation, how to access program and event schedules and more.
You will be asked to provide a parent/guardian email address if you wish to receive monthly Grade 6 updates and newsletters from your child’s preferred YMCA location.
Thank you for signing up your child for our Grade 6 Membership Program!
The program is a great way to for Grade 6 students to keep active and gain independence (members can visit YMCA locations on their own – without their parents/guardians). Grade 6 members get the most out of our program by participating in both independent and programed activities including special events, tournaments, weekly planned activities and Flames Friday events.
Share the 2018/19 event calendar, monthly e-newsletter and updates on the YMCA App with your child. Encourage your new member to sign up for all of our events and tournaments – they are free – including transportation* to and from your YMCA location!
*Transportation is zone dependent. Contact a Child and Family Coordinator for more information
What’s included with the Grade 6 Program?
- A free YMCA membership for the Grade 6 school year
(from August 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019)
- Access to all YMCA locations
- Grade 6 weekly planned activities
(see monthly schedules for each YMCA location)
- Grade 6 City-wide tournaments and special events, including bus transportation
(see annual event and tournament schedule)
- Free access to the Grade 6 Multi-sport Program
(contact your branch Child & Family Coordinator for details)
- Discounts on programs and day camps (20 – 25% discount)
- Access to early bird registration
- A free admission pass (each month) for a family member
- Opportunities to participate in leadership activities, surveys, focus groups and more!
Monthly Activity Calendar by location
- Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot (December 2018)
- Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA (November 2018)
- Remington YMCA (December 2018)
- Saddletowne YMCA (December 2018)
- Shawnessy YMCA (December 2018)
- Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge (December 2018)
- South Health Campus YMCA
- Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton – Opening January 2019
We hope your child had fun in the Calgary Flames Grade 6 YMCA program!
There are many opportunities for Grade 6 Program Alumni (in grades 7, 8 and 9) to continue to keep active and to start building the skills needed to work and volunteer in the community. Along with two planned Alumni Tournaments, we have many active programs, all-ability sport leagues, and certification and volunteer opportunities for this age group.
You do not need to purchase a membership to join our tournaments and program/league opportunities. However, our accessible youth membership will provide your child with many benefits including access to all Calgary locations, discounts on programs and camps and more.
YMCA Youth Membership
Grade 6 Program Alumni are eligible for a Youth Membership. This membership is available for youth ages 12-17 years old. For membership pricing and benefits, click here.
YMCA Calgary leadership programs are a fun way to meet new people while learning about leadership, volunteering in the community and gaining the skills required to work and to make a difference the community. YMCA Calgary offers a Leaders in Training program, babysitting courses and various aquatic leadership programs (see below) for youth in grades 7 – 9. These are registered programs. Members receive a 20 – 25% discount on all programs.
Click here to view the Program Guide.
Youth can master a new stroke or learn a new one, be part of a swim club, or simply dive in to improve their level of fitness! Youth program options include our YMCA Learn to Swim programs and Recreation Swim Club. Aquatic leadership options include our Jr Lifeguard program and Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross certification programs.
Click here for Certification/Volunteer opportunities.
Strength & Conditioning
Youth who are 12 years and older receive a free strength and conditioning orientation. The orientation is designed to train youth to use the strength and conditioning equipment safely and effectively and to have the confidence to visit this area on their own. Youth can also participate in our drop-in fitness classes, which include strength, conditioning and mind/body classes. Both the orientation and drop-in fitness classes are free with admission or membership.
Click here to learn about our drop-in programs.
YMCA Calgary offers a wide variety of registered sports, climbing, and arts programs. Registered programs provide progressive challenge, skill building and opportunities to improve overall fitness. Members receive a 20 – 25% discount on programs and early bird registration privileges.
Click here to view our program guides.
Our camps help promote independence, leadership and individual growth through group development and challenge. We offer multi-activity, sport, outdoor adventure and overnight camps. Choose from day camps at our health & fitness locations and Camp Riveredge outdoor location or an overnight camp at our Camp Chief Hector location (an hour west of the city). Many of our older campers practice leadership skills by leading younger campers, determining daily activities and more. Members receive a 20 – 25% discount on all camps.
Click here for more information on camps.
Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot
8100 John Laurie Blvd NW | Calgary, AB | T3G 3S3
P (403) 547-6576
More about Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
101 3 Street SW | Calgary, AB | T2P 4G6
P (403) 269-6701
More about Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
108 Quarry Park Rd SE | Calgary, AB |
P: (403) 351-6678
More about Remington YMCA
180 – 7556 Falconridge Blvd NE | Calgary, AB | T3J 0C9
P (403) 237-2393
More about Saddletowne YMCA
400 – 333 Shawville Blvd SE | Calgary, AB | T2Y 4H3
P (403) 256-5533
More about Shawnessy YMCA
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge
11300 Rocky Ridge Rd NW | Calgary, AB | T3G 5H3
P (403) 351-6673
More about Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge
South Health Campus YMCA
4448 Front Street SE | Calgary, AB | T3M 1M4
P (403) 956-3900
More about South Health Campus YMCA
Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton – Opening January 2019
4995 Market Street SE | Calgary, AB | T3M 2P9
P (403) 351-5262
More about Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton