With over 75 years of developing the parent-child relationship, the Y's Adventure Guides programs are the perfect opportunity to strengthen father-son and father-daughter relationships through activities that are challenging and fun! Adventure Guides are dedicated to creating lasting bonds between Fathers and Daughters and Fathers and Sons. Events are planned throughout the school year from September to June. The most popular events are the 4 camping trips during the year (one for each season). In addition, there are multiple events for fathers and sons/daughters which typically including a hayride, play, holiday party, sleepover at a museum, banquet, bowling, pinewood derby, sports night, baseball game, fishing derby, and Memorial Day parade. The slogan for the Adventure Guides program is "Friends Forever." Both fathers and daughters/sons have fun in the program and lasting bonds are formed.
In Adventure Guides, parents and children develop healthy relationships, gain a sense of belonging, and learn the importance of giving back to the community through one-on-one interactions, activities with other families, and community service projects. At the heart of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities:
NORTH. Family is
True North – the focal point of the program
EAST. Nature and the camping experience are an integral part of the program
SOUTH. Community-The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community called a circle
WEST. Fun is the magic of the program.
The YMCA core values make up the ordinal directions on the compass HONESTY (NE) ; RESPECT (SE); RESPONSIBILITY (SW); and CARING (NW).