Families come in all sizes and shapes and so do YMCA Family Programs. Our programs strengthen family ties by offering a safe, welcoming environment for kids and parents to communicate, cooperate, and have fun. Family programs include health and fitness activities, pool and gym activities, family nights, camping, and other events.
What is YMCA Adventure Guides?
The YMCA Adventure Guides program is designed to assist fathers (or other significant male adults in the children’s lives) and their child on a journey of discovery. We see tremendous value in supporting and strengthening the ability of a father and his child to communicate at an early age in ways that are caring, honest, respectful, and responsible. Together you will learn about nature, about history, about yourselves, but most importantly, about each other as you grow and learn together. Don’t miss out on this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.
Who Can Participate?
YMCA Adventure Guides is for fathers (or other significant male adults in the children’s lives) and their children, ages 5–11. The adult and child must attend program activities together as a pair. In the YMCA Adventure Guides, the adult is the Guide, and the child is the Explorer. Adventure Guides are divided by gender into fathers-daughters or father-sons. The core of the program is Circle and Expedition meetings and adventures.
YMCA Adventure Guide Activities – Circles and Expeditions
A small group of father-child pairs called a Circle, meet on a regular basis in each other’s homes or other local establishments. The frequency and dates of these meetings vary from Circle to Circle. Typical activities include ceremonies, games, crafts, songs, stories, and skits.
Several Circles come together to participate in larger activities called Expeditions. These include activities such as campouts, parties or parades.
Each family is assigned to a Circle of 5-10 parent-child pairs that are similar in age and gender. These Circles come together for many events creating our Conejo Valley Expedition.
Goals & Benefits
The Y-Adventure Guides program will:
Foundation & Values
The Compass provides direction for the Friends Forever program.
The Y's core values provide direction as parents guide children on their journey. Along the way adults should model, teach and demonstrate these values as well as give children many opportunities to practice and celebrate them. 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.
Join the YMCA as a family—you'll be glad you did!
For more information, or questions, please contact Patrick Yarrow at email@example.com OR call 818-707-9622.
The Conejo Valley, Miller and Triunfo YMCAs are combined into one Nation. For details, please select from the following Southeast Ventura County YMCA branches: