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FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is Colorguard/Winterguard?
    Winterguard is a captivating indoor performance art form that combines dance, choreography, and prop manipulation. Teams synchronize movements, utilizing flags, rifles, sabers, and more to create visually stunning shows. Modern winterguard incorporates diverse styles and storytelling, drawing from music, literature, and visual arts. It has evolved into a competitive art form, with athletes showcasing creativity, skill, and showmanship in circuits like WGI. Winterguard fosters teamwork, discipline, and personal growth, providing a platform for artistic expression and emotional connection with audiences. It continues to push boundaries, captivating worldwide with its innovative performances.
  • What is the commitment?
    Our winterguard program offers four groups tailored to different age and experience levels. The commitment required varies for each group, but generally, participants are expected to attend weekly rehearsals. Ambassadors and Origins have additional Sunday rehearsals every other week and two out-of-town camps. Vintage is a non-competitive group with Sunday rehearsals only, and Venture, specifically for elementary kids, has one Sunday rehearsal a month. During the competition season in February and March, all groups have the opportunity to showcase their skills in five competitions held across the province. We strive to provide a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all participants while fostering a sense of camaraderie and artistic expression in the world of winterguard. Venture (Elementary Kids): - Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm. - One Sunday rehearsal per month. - **Total commitment time:** Weekly on Thursdays, and one Sunday a month. Ambassadors (Junior High & High School): - Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm. - Occasional Sunday afternoon rehearsals from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. - Two out-of-town camps, one in October and one in January. - **Total commitment time:** Weekly on Wednesdays, every other Sunday afternoon, and two out-of-town camps. Origins (Competitive 18+ Young Adults): - Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:15 pm to 10:00 pm. - Every other Sunday afternoon rehearsal from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. - Two out-of-town camps, one in November and one in January. - **Total commitment time:** Weekly on Tuesdays, every other Sunday afternoon, and two out-of-town camps. **Vintage (Non-Competitive 18+ Seasoned Performers):** - Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. - **Total commitment time:** Weekly on Sundays. **Competition Season:** - Competitions take place in February and March. - Each group participates in 5 competitions held throughout the province.
  • How much are the fees and what are the additional expenses?
    Each groups fees cover all programming expenses, such as rehearsal space, instruction, and equipment rentals. They also include camp fees, costume expenses, and travel costs for the Magrath & Calgary Competitions. The travel costs encompass meals, transportation, and accommodations, providing a comprehensive package to support the members' participation and experiences within the respective groups Venture: $1000 | Ambassadors: $1500 | Origins: $1500 | Vintage: $800 Additional costs include performance footwear, make up, hair accessories, and undergarments. Transportation not provided by the group is to and from Rimbey camps and the Red Deer competition. (There will be an opportunity for carpooling if required) A part of our uniform at competitions is a CGCYEG member jacket. Members have the opportunity to purchase a jacket or one can be borrowed.
  • Is there any additional fundraising?
    Yes. The fees charged for each group do not cover all the expenses incurred by the budget. To maximize programming and bridge the gap, the organization also relies on bingos and a Casino every two years. The number of bingos to be worked required for each group is as follows: Venture: 3 bingos | Ambassadors: 4 bingos | Origins: 4 bingos | Vintage: 2 bingos By involving participants in work bingos, the organization can generate additional funds to supplement the budget and ensure that all necessary expenses, including those beyond the regular fees, are covered. Bingos typically involve members and/or their families volunteering their time and effort to contribute to the organization's fundraising efforts and support its programming initiatives.
  • Is there additional volunteering?
    As our organization grows, it becomes evident that each member and their families have their own unique talents and abilities to contribute. To recognize and leverage these talents effectively, the registration form now includes a section for volunteer positions. This approach allows members to take on roles that align with their skills and interests, enhancing the overall efficiency and success of the group. The volunteer positions offered are as follows: 1. Camp Chaperone - Ensure safety and bonding at overnight Colorguard camps. Prep and serve meals, support energetic performers. Ambassador parents invited for Ambassador camps; Vintage members can volunteer for Origin camps. (Criminal Record Check Required) 2. Day Chaperone - Join exciting day trips to Calgary and Red Deer. Ensure smooth journeys, coordinate activities, create a positive atmosphere for Colorguard team. (Criminal Record Check Required) 3. Overnight Competition Chaperone - Support performers at thrilling competitions. Assist with hair, makeup, snacks, and uplift spirits during events. Bond with the team over breakfast, hotel room hangouts, and swimming. (Criminal Record Check Required) 4. Prop Building - Craft captivating props for mesmerizing Colorguard shows. Use woodworking, painting, or crafting skills. Elevate performances with creative expertise. 5. Seamstress - Design dazzling uniforms and flags for enchanting Colorguard performances. Create unforgettable shows, empowering performers on the field. 6. Fundraising Chair - Lead raising $12,500 for the CGCYEG groups. Organize initiatives, garner support, establish partnerships. Drive success and growth through strategic planning. 7. Fundraising Support Member - Assist the Fundraising Chair in organizing initiatives. Contribute to success and opportunities for Colorguard performers. 8. Social Director - Help plan and organize social events for the CGCYEG. Bring excitement and camaraderie to gatherings. 9. Venture Floor Transportation - Help transport, unload, and set up the Venture floor to and from rehearsals. Ensure safety and professionalism for performances. 10. Bingo Coordinator - Organize volunteers for bingo fundraising events, supporting Colorguard activities. Ensure smooth and successful bingo events. 11. Venture Floor Transportation - Help transport, unload, and set up the Venture floor to and from rehearsals. Ensure safety and professionalism for performances. 12. Executive Board Member - Run for leadership positions on the Colorguard team's Executive Board. Shape the direction and vision of the organization, supporting performers and fostering a thriving community. Embracing each member and their families unique talents through volunteer positions empowers the organization to operate efficiently and achieve its goals. Join our Colorguard team and make a lasting impact. Get involved in camps, props, fundraising, or leadership roles. Share the magic of unforgettable performances together. Contact us to join our close-knit community today!
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