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Vanderhoof Services

The YMCA of Northern BC is a charity dedicated to promoting healthy living, fostering belonging, inclusion, and connection and helping children, families, and seniors thrive! We are committed to meeting the unique needs of each community we serve; we are here to meet the needs of the community of Vanderhoof through camps, child care, and recreation services.

Summer Camps

YMCA Summer Camps are where summer happens! We believe that connection to nature is fundamental to helping children thrive, which is why we offer a program for ever stage of child’s journey. Camp Kanannaq, located on the beautiful and quiet Nukko Lake, is the perfect setting for your child to find new friends, discover new experiences, and create new memories that last a lifetime. Our enthusiastic Counselors will build positive relationships with each camper in our inclusive camp community that focuses on the YMCA Core Values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

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Important Links

2017 Registration Form
2017 Camp Brochure
2017 Campership Application
What to Bring Checklist

Five- Day Schedule for Mount Robson Vanderhoof & Fort St. James

Departing from Vanderhoof & Fort St. James

Day One Introduction & Goal Setting
Day Two Depart for Mount Robson
Day Three Mount Robson
Day Four Mount Robson
Day Five Strike Camp & Return Home

Aurora Leadership Program

Aurora Leadership empowers youth in a safe environment to build a solid foundation of leadership and technical skills in outcome-based facilitation. This ten-day program for youth ages 13-15 teaches campers leadership theory through opportunity and reflection as well as the technical skills associated with delivering camp activities such as fire building, shelter construction, map reading, trip planning, t-rescues and more. Campers will build confidence as they lead and gain the knowledgable outdoor and backcountry skills through a series of day-trips and leadership placements. During the second week, campers will depart on an out trip experience to the Bowron Lakes, Mount Robson or Carp Lake. Outtrips will include camp set-up, meal preparation, hiking, campfires, and personal reflection with an emphasis on camaraderie and personal growth that supports campers to learn, grow, lead and thrive.

Learn more about YMCA Camps here.

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to attend camp, which is why our YMCA Strong Kids Campaign financially assists 1 in 4 campers to attend our summer camp programs. Don’t let a child you know miss out on the opportunity of a life time. Apply for a campership and give them the confidence they need to thrive.

Child Care

As the largest not-for-profit provider of child care in Canada and with nearly 40 years of experience, the YMCA of Northern BC offers high-quality child care programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and school aged children. We understand that families have many demands and we believe that every child deserves a safe place to grow, which is why we offer a variety of options to meet every family’s needs. We know that choosing child care is a big decision and that parents want to know that their child is safe and well cared for while having fun- that your child care is a place your child wants to go every day. Our highly trained Early Childhood Educators partner with parents to support each child’s development and provide families with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment during these formative years. The YMCA of Northern BC was awarded the 2014 Child Care Awards of Excellence by the Ministry of Children & Family Development for their outstanding work on behalf of children and families in Northern BC. YMCA Child Care is your child’s home away from home, located at the Vanderhoof Integris Community Centre.

Day Monday – Friday (5 Days a Week)
Fees 5 Days $930/month
3 Days $611/month
2 Days $433/ month
$30 Annual Enhancement Fee
Times 7:45am-5:30pm

Infant and Toddler Care

Our Infant and Toddler programs assure quality care for children with a 1:4 staff to child ratio. Our staff are both experienced and highly skilled through special education specific to infant and toddler development. We encourage families to visit us for a tour.

YMCA Infant and Toddler Care Page

Parent Package

Day Monday – Friday (5 Days a Week)
Fees 5 Days $718/ month
3 Days $488/month
2 Days $355/month
$30 Annual Enhancement Fee
Times 7:45am-5:30pm

Group Care 3-5 Years: Full-Time

Our child care programs assure quality care for children with a 1:8 staff to child ratio as children belong, grow, thrive and lead. Our staff are both experienced and educated in Early Childhood Education. Our caring and experienced staff will laugh and play with your children as we become your child’s home away from home, helping them reach their potential. We encourage families to visit or contact us to arrange a tour.

YMCA 3-5 Years Care Page

Parent Package

Day Monday, Wednesday, Friday (3 Days a week)
Fees $168/month
Day Tuesday, Thursday (2 Days a week)
Fees $130/month
Times 9:30am-12:00pm

Preschool

Our preschool programs assure quality care for children with a 1:10 staff to child ratio as children belong, grow, thrive and lead. Our staff are both experienced and educated in Early Childhood Education. Our caring and experienced staff will assure your child is kindergarten ready with the fundamentals they need to be successful. We encourage families to visit or contact us to arrange a tour.

Preschool Page

Parent Package

Before School Care

Day Monday – Friday (5 Days a Week)
Fees $165.00
$125 when registered in YMCA Afterschool Care
Times 7:00am-school start

After School Care

Day Monday – Friday (5 Days a Week)
Fees 5 Days $308/month
3 Days $230/ month
2 Days $153/ month
Times 2:00:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Before and After School Care, Non-Instructional Days and School Break Care

We know that families have enough to worry about, which is why we offer a variety of school age programs to meet each families’ needs. YMCA School Age Care offers individual options, including before and after school as well as non-instructional and school break all-day programs. YMCA staff will safely walk your children to and from the center and WL McLeod Elementary. During full-day programs, children will also enjoy exciting themes and field trips! We encourage families to visit or contact us to arrange a tour.

School Age Care Page

Parent Package

Day Monday – Friday (5 Days a Week)
Fees 5 Days $175/week
3 Days $ 105/week
2 Days $ 70/week
Times 7:45am-6:00pm

Summer Club

YMCA Summer Club is the best way for school age children to spend their summer as our caring and enthusiastic staff guide your child’s development through fun and engaging programs, including field trips and weekly lake visits. Weekly themes ensure that the whole summer is filled with fun from start to finish as children laugh and play in our inclusive environment. Children can join by the week or on a part-time basis to meet every family’s needs. We encourage families to visit or contact us to arrange a tour. Parents and families can find out more about YMCA Summer Club here (link) or in our Parent Package.

Summer Club Page

Registration

Week 1 (July 4-7) – School’s Out for Summer!
Join us for a week of everything Summer! Summer games, crafts and snacks. We will end the week with a beach party featuring a sand castle building competition.

Week 2 (July 10-14) – Sports of All Sorts
A week of fun and friendly competition. We’ll explore summer sports such as Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee and California Kickball. Kids will have opportunities to sharpen existing skills and learn new ones. Sportsmanship is the key!

Week 3 (July 17-21) – Under the Sea
Find out what creatures lurk in the ocean as we dive deeper under the water each day! Explore different depths of the ocean through the eyes of deep sea divers. How big can a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish get? Which fish has teeth so large it can’t even close its mouth?

Week 4 (July 24-28) – Everything Glow in the Dark
A whole week of glow in the dark fun! Join us as we create glow in the dark bubbles, glow in the dark slime, then end the week with a glow in the dark extravaganza that includes glow in the dark mini golf and maze.

Week 5 (July 31-August 4) – What Can We Be?
Join us for an exciting week as we explore different career paths with special guests including an esthetician. We will end the week by dressing up as your career choice on Friday!

Week 6 (August 8-11) – My Hometown
We’ve just celebrated BC day, now let’s get out and discover beautiful Vanderhoof and some of its rich history with local trivia and field trips. End the week with a visit to our local history museum.

Week 7 (August 14-18) – Silly Science
The only thing better than a science experiment is a week of science experiments! Children will have opportunities to test theories and explore elements of science. We’ll end with a ‘Bang’ on Friday with “Crazy Hair Day” as the YMCA becomes a science lab.

Week 8 (August 21-25) – Nature Agents
Join us as we take to the local trails. Scavenger hunts and nature crafts will encourage a love of nature. We will study animal tracks and complete a map-following challenge which is sure to build on existing skills and develop new ones.

Week 9 (August 28-September 1) – Y’s Got Talent
Talent can be anything from singing your favorite song or skipping on one foot, to creating an entire play! Bring your talents to the YMCA and let’s have some fantastic fun.

Recreation

The YMCA of Northern BC is committed to meeting the unique needs of each community we serve; we are here to meet the needs of the community of Vanderhoof. We want to hear from you about what types and kinds of services you would like to see the YMCA delivering in the community. The YMCA of Northern BC acknowledges the financial support of the District of Vanderhoof for the delivery of YMCA Recreation Programs in the community of Vanderhoof.

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Senior Stretch & Relax

As a committment to keep seniors healthy and enaged, we arw proud to offer gentle stretching and relaxing for all fitness levels. Seniors can join our exeperienced staff as they socialize and relax through a series of full body stretching.

Date Day Time Location Price
Finished until September Tuesday 10:30am-11:30am Seniors Friendship Centre FREE

Bootcamp

As a commitment to promoting healthy living, we are excited to bring Bootcamp where all fitness levels can engage in a full body workout using body weight and free weight training equipment.

Date Day Time Location Price
May 2 – June 30 Tuesday & Thursday 9:15am-10:15am Riverside Park $5 / class

As a commitment to helping families thrive, this drop in program is for young athletes ages 0-5 and their parents to come and tune their fine motor skills in our centre full of toys! Parents participation is required.

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Monday & Wednesday 9:30am – 10:30am Integris Community Centre FREE

Little Artists

We believe in helping children find their potential, this drop in program for ages 3-5 focuses on assisting children to engage in their creative expression. Projects change weekly and parent participation is required.

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am Integris Community Centre FREE

Y Art Club

We never met a kid who’s potential we couldn’t see which makes this drop in program for ages 7 and up the perfect place for projects each week that will engage young artists in creative expression.

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm Integris Community Centre FREE

Floor Hockey

We want children to live healthy! This drop in floor hockey program for ages 5 and up mixes up the teams weekly and is a fantastic way to stay active after school, while having fun!

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Tuesday 3:30pm-5:00pm Gospel Chapel Gym FREE

Busy Builders

Let your family thrive as you and your child can get your play on at Busy Builders. Each activity is building and engineering focused – blocks, lego, k’nex.

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am Integris Community Centre FREE

Soccer Tots

Let our experienced staff laugh and play with your child as they learn basic soccer skills and develop a love for activity! For children under 4 years old. Registration includes a jersey.

Date Day Time Location Price
May 1 – June 28 Monday & Wednesday 4:45pm-5:30pm NVSS Fields $40

Dodge Ball

We want children to live healthily! This drop in dodgeball program for ages 7 and up mixes up the teams weekly and is a fantastic way to stay active after school, while having fun!

Date Day Time Location Price
Ongoing Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm Gospel Chapel Gym FREE