No gift you give your son or daughter will mean as much to them as the time you spend with him or her in those early years. And you'll soon discover that you treasure those special moments as well.
The YMCA Adventure Guides & Princesses program is for boys and girls 3 to 12 years old and their Parents. Tribes are composed of seven to nine Parent/child pairs. Tribes meet once a month for fun activities in a member's home.
There are several activities that all Tribes attend called Nation events. Nation events include: Fall & Spring Campouts, Winter Overnight event, Derby Car racing, Rocket Launch, Father/Son event, Daddy/Daughter dance, and more.
The father and son Y-Indian Guide program was developed in 1926 to support the father’s vital family role as teacher, counselor, and friend to his son. After World War II, the success of the father/son program nurtured the development of other parent-child programs. A mother/daughter program, called Y-Indian Maidens; a father/daughter program, called Y-Indian Princesses; and the mothers/sons Y-Indian Braves Program.
For 75 years, the program was the cornerstone for family programs in YMCAs across the country. But it is a different world today. The YMCA’s commitment to being a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible organization, and an evolving cultural sensitivity of Native American history prompted YMCAs across the country to re-evaluate their parent/child programs.
One of the strengths of YMCAs is that they have adapted and responded to societal changes in order to remain relevant to their communities. From late 2000 to mid 2003 YMCA staff and volunteers from across the country met on several occasions to craft a parent/child program that had a broader appeal. In the summer and fall of 2003, YMCA Adventure Guides was launched in YMCA communities everywhere.
look for upcoming events/campouts soon!
Information to come