What is the YMCA Adventure Guide Program? It’s about adventures, father/child experiences and the building of life-long memories. It is a program designed to strengthen the relationship and bond between dads and their children between the grades of K-4.

The dad and his boy and or girl become part of a Circle. The "Circle" will conduct monthly meetings and take part in Nation events. The Circle will be part of the J.E.R. CHILTON YMCA AT ROCKWALL Dakota Nation.



The YMCA Adventure Guides Regional Derby Race is a great opportunity for dads and their kids to prove their creativity and engineering skills as they design, build, and decorate pinewood derby cars to race down the track against fellow Adventure Guides and Princesses. Awards will be given for speed, creativity, and more! Cars are available now at the Rockwall YMCA.

Date: March 31, 2019

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Lake Highlands YMCA



There is no better place for a father and child to spend a spring weekend than a campout with their Circle at Sky Ranch! Enjoy various activities throughout the weekend.

Dates: May 3-5, 2019

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2019

Late Registration: April 20-28, 2019

Ages: Kinder and up

Price: Members $250 per pair/Non-Members $250 per pair

Additional child: $125

Character Traits: Honesty and Citizenship




  • Induction Ceremony  - A formal ceremony around the council fire inducting new dads and their children into the program. They will receive a vest, compass, starter patch and choose their Adventure Guide name.
  • Fall, Spring and Winter Campouts – Hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, adventure games, archery, BB guns and the traditional council fire. A weekend that will last a lifetime at Camp El Tesoro, Sky Ranch and Camp Grady Spruce.
  • Pumpkin Carving - Great time for dads and their children to show their creativity making Halloween pumpkins.
  • Turkey Shoot - Test your skills on the BB gun shooting range by taking aim at paper turkey targets.
  • Rocket Day - Build and shoot rockets together on this incredible day. Watch as dads and their children "light up" watching their rocket shoot for the stars.
  • Father / Daughter Banquet and Dance - A night of dining and dancing for Princesses and their fathers, a special daddy-daughter date.
  • Father/Son Event - A great day for boys to spend on an adventure with Dad. Activities have included bowling and indoor skydiving. Stay tuned for the next adventure.
  • Pinewood Derby Day - Let the good times roll as dads and their children race their derby cars to the finish line. Derby Day is fun for the whole family with prizes for the fastest and best decorated cars