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The Adventure Guides program provides fathers and their children the opportunity to spend valuable time together. As part of a larger group, both father and child create unforgettable memories playing games, spending the weekend at an overnight camp, family adventures, and much more. Register today through your local YMCA branch.
We won't grow old and just remember our lives in general, we will remember moments in our lives. The Adventure Guides program creates moments and lifetime memories.
Luke Plese, Adventure Guides Dad
Why Does YMCA Adventure Guides Exist? During their elementary school years, children learn rapidly, becoming much more aware of the world around them. During this time, children tend to see their parents as guides, teachers, and heroes. They start to understand that parents protect and nurture them. Ideally, during this period, we learn how to talk with our children more than at them.
A strong relationship is based on our ability to ask open-ended questions that help our children think and move beyond simple yes or no responses. During these years, we strive to invite our children to accept challenges and opportunities, celebrate accomplishments, and face fears.
Who Participates in YMCA Adventure Guides? YMCA Adventure Guides is designed for fathers (or other significant adults in the children's lives) and their children ages 5 through 10. An adult and child must attend program activities together. In YMCA Adventure Guides, the parent is the Guide, and the child is the Explorer or Princess.
What do YMCA Adventure Guides Participants do? The YMCA groups of father-child pairs into "Circles" that meet on a regular basis, usually bi-monthly or monthly. These outings are called Expeditions or Events. The core of the YMCA Adventure Guides program is these Circle and Expedition meetings and adventures.
Typical activities include ceremonies, games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking, and swimming. Events are on weekends, and usually on Sunday afternoons.
What are the Adventure Guides Compass Points? The program focus is on the adventures of a father and child and of their Circles and Expeditions. At the forefront of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities. These points are broad enough in scope to allow for variety and creativity in designing activities.
The four main direction points on the compass are the essential components of the program:
Along the journey, adults should teach and demonstrate these values as well as give children many opportunities to practice and celebrate them. Adults should also point out and discuss with children any behavior that is inconsistent with these values. Initially, these four values provide guidance in helping children select activities, make decisions, and choose appropriate courses of action - both in the program and in their lives. As children grow, these values become their own internal compass.
In case of accident or illness, I authorize the calling of medical services. I will not hold the YMCA or the volunteers responsible. In case of accident, I can be reached at the above numbers. In the event of an emergency, I give the YMCA permission to provide first aid and/or transport my youth to the nearest facility. I also give permission for the necessary emergency treatment by physician/hospital/clinic. By my signature and my own free will, I do hereby indemnify and hold harmless the YMCA from any and all claims and demands, cost or expense arising out of any injuries sustained by myself or any party in which I am responsible. I give permission for the use of photos taken by the YMCA.
I give my child permission to participate in the YMCA Adventure Guides evaluation process. This process includes collection of demographic data, attendance, and youth development and family outcomes. No information about your child will be disclosed to anyone outside the research process. The research staff will maintain your child's confidentiality by not revealing his/her identifying information.
I give my permission and consent to YMCA of the USA, its agents, successors and assignees the right to use, print, publish, reproduce and license, in any manner whatsoever, my or my child's survey responses. I understand and agree that my or my child's survey response submission may be used by the YMCA or others.
Zero Tolerance Alchol Policy
The YMCA Adventure Guides program is an alcohol and a drug free environment. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs on YMCA property or during an Adventure Guide event is strictly prohibited. The Adventure Guide program has a no tolerance policy. Anyone found drinking or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the program for one year.
This policy is consistent with the mission of the YMCA and is the policy dictated by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
The suspended individual must request to be reinstated into the program by contacting the YMCA Program Director. The YMCA Program Director will then review the details of the alcohol incident with the Longhouse Volunteers and YMCA Executive Director then based upon the findings, determine the appropriate reinstatement action.