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2021 - 2022


Program fee covers start-up costs.
Each activity will be an additional cost.
Scheduled events are subject to change due to restrictions.



YMCA Adventure Guides is a program for fathers (or other significant male adults in the children's lives) and children designed to help foster a lifetime of understanding and companionship through outdoor adventure activities, camping trips and monthly events that strengthen the relationship between parent and child. Parent-child pairs join a Circle with families in their neighborhood or school they attend, and usually meet once a month for games, crafts, stories and other activities. The Circles make up the Southeast Ventura County Federation which offers activities each month such as campouts at El Capitan, Catalina Island, Kern River, and Big Bear, as well as pinewood derby, horseback riding, family events, and so much MORE.




K-2nd Graders 

Forky Summer Camp Pic


3rd Graders and Up 

Adventure Guides & Trailblazers
2021/2022 *SUBJECT TO CHANGE* 

September 2021 9/25 Welcome BBQ at Yarrow Family YMCA
11:00am - 1:00pm
October 2021 10/15 - 10/17 Adventure Guides and Trailblazers
Conejo Campout
November 2021 11/14 BMX Experience - Freedom Park BMX Raceway
December 2021 12/12 Holiday Lights: Descanso Gardens
January 2022 1/23 Family Snow Day at the Y
February 2022 2/6 Adventure Guides & Trailblazers Pinewood Derby
March 2022 3/11 - 3/13 Adventure Guides & Trailblazers Winter Camp
April 2022 4/3 (tentatively) Service Learning Project: Paramount Ranch Rehab
April 2022 4/9 or 4/10 (tentatively) Adventure Guides Spring Camp at El Capitan
May 2022 5/13-5/15 Trailblazers Spring Camp - Kern River
May 2022 TBD family Camp at Koa Tentatively
June 2022 TBD Adventure Guides Graduation


CONTACT: Tori Cusack | 818.707.9622 ext. 5013 |


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.

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.


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.


The Y-Adventure Guides program will:

  • Foster companionship and understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between parent and child.
  • Build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth.
  • Expand awareness of spirit, mind, and body.
  • Provide the framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together.
  • Enhance the quality of family time.
  • Emphasize the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children.
  • Offer an important and unique opportunity to develop and enjoy volunteer leadership skills.

The Compass provides direction for the Friends Forever program.

  • The Family is True North – the focal point of the program
  • Nature and the camping experience are an integral part of the program teaching respect for nature and oneself
  • The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community of “circles”
  • Fun is the magic of the 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.

Core Values

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Respect 
  • Responsibility

Join the YMCA as a family—you'll be glad you did!