Free Grade 6 memberships help kids gain independence

Every grade six student in Calgary is eligible to receive a free YMCA 13-month membership to the YMCA, thanks to the generous support of the Calgary Flames Foundation.

The program supports youth as they transition/age out of traditional child care models, develop new interests and prepare for junior high. It gives 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.

Kids who are going into Grade 6 can sign up for their grade 6 membership as of August 1!

Program Information and Benefits

The Grade 6 Membership Program is a great way to for Grade 6 students to experience unplugged fun at YMCA Calgary. Students keep active and gain independence, as members can visit any YMCA locations on their own, without a parent/guardian. Grade 6 members can participate in both independent and programmed activities including special events, tournaments, weekly planned activities and Flames Friday events.

Share the monthly e-newsletter and updates with your new member and encourage them to sign up for events and tournaments – they are free!

What's included with the Grade 6 Program?

  • A free YMCA membership for the Grade 6 school year
  • Access to all YMCA locations
  • Flames Friday activities, sport night and weekly science, art, game nights programming. (See the monthly schedules for each YMCA location.)
  • Grade 6 city-wide tournaments and special events
  • All the great benefits that come from being a YMCA member, including discounts up to 25% on programs and day camps 
  • One free guest admission every month
  • Opportunities to participate in leadership activities, surveys, focus groups and more!

Sign Up Today

Sign-up your child in the Calgary Flames Grade 6 Program by filling out and printing a registration form. For more information on how to complete your registration, scroll down to the How to Sign Up section below

Grade 6 Alumni Opportunities

Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 can continue to keep active and start building the skills needed to work and volunteer in the community. Program alumni join in active programs, all-ability sport leagues, and certification and volunteer opportunities.


How to Sign Up!

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.

* Note: 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.

Celebrating 10 years of igniting the potential in youth! 

For a decade, the Calgary Flames Foundation and YMCA Calgary have worked together to develop youth aged 11 to 13, helping them ignite their potential through the YMCA Grade 6 Membership. Over 32,000 Grade 6's have passed through this program since its inception, and this year, we expect another 5,000+ youth to join us.

Thank you, Calgary Flames Foundation, for your continued commitment to youth in our city.

NEW Step Up Membership for Calgary Flames Grade 6 graduates 


Youth who have completed the Calgary Flames Grade 6 Membership can continue to keep active at the YMCA and start building the skills needed to work and volunteer in the community with our new Step Up Membership! 

Exclusive to Grade 6 Members from 2022/23, this reduced rate membership will provide access to YMCA facilities, discounted and early access to registered programs, and will help everyone stay active and connected to their Grade 6 friends from the last year.    

The Step Up Membership rate is $25/ month. 

This offer is valid from now until October 31, 2023. Step Up Membership rates will remain active as long as the youth is under the age of 18 and they do not cancel their membership. Once cancelled, the regular youth rates will apply. Memberships made after October 31, 2023 are subject to regular youth rates. Please visit one of our Member Services desks to sign up.