Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides

The West Shore YMCA Adventure Guides is a program offered in YMCAs across the country designed to strengthen the relationship between a parent and a child through their journey of discovery. While activities with the whole family are important, we see tremendous value in supporting and strengthening the ability of a parent and his or her child to communicate at an early age in ways that are caring, honest, respectful and responsible. We seek to encourage parents to “get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid” with our Adventure Guides program.

Fees:
Facility Members: $30/yr.; $10/yr. additional child
Program Members: $40/yr.; $10/yr. additional child

Upcoming Dates & Information:
SUMMER PICNIC: August 27th at 3pm – 6pm
Location: Durkin Park (on the Conodoguinet Creek) in Good Hope Farms neighborhood.

The invitation is to both Adventure Guides BOYS and GIRLS and their families ($10 per IG family). AG BOYS group is the event sponsor.

Please invite ANY potential recruits that may want to meet the group AG BOYS will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, and condiments + paper ware. We ask that all IG members please bring a dish to share & $10. All guest families are free.

Father/Son Group

Registration begins August 1, 2017

FALL POWWOW: October 13 to 15 (6PM arrival on 13th and 12noon departure on 15th)
Location: Camp Thompson @ 800 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA 17324

SPRING POWWOW: May 18 to 20 (~6pm arrival on 13th and 12noon departure on 15th)
Location: Camp Shand @ 20 Penryn Ln, Cornwall, PA 17016

Father/Daughter Group

Registration begins August 1, 2017

Spring PowWow: June 16-17, 2018. More info TBA

Registrations are accepted all year! Contact bryan.chittester@ymcaharrisburg.org to get connected with a Circle or to start your own Circle. For more information and FAQs, please click on the links below!

Who participates in YMCA Adventure Guides?

The West Shore YMCA Adventure Guides is designed for parents (or other significant adults in children’s lives) and their children ages 5 through 9. An adult and child must attend program activities together. In YMCA Adventure Guides, the parent is the Guide, and the child is the Explorer. Our YMCA Adventure Guides program consists of fathers and sons and fathers and daughters.

What do YMCA Adventure Guide participants do?

The father-child pairs are grouped into “Circles” that meet on a monthly basis in each others’ homes. Twice a year our Circles come together to participate in an Expedition (a campout). The first is in September to start our year and the second is in May to say farewell to our program graduates and catch up before the summer starts. The core of the YMCA Adventure Guides program is these Circle and Expedition meetings and adventures from September-June. Typical activities include ceremonies, games, crafts, songs, stories, skits and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking and swimming.

YMCA 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.
• The Family is True North—the focal point of the program.
• Nature and the camping experience are integral parts of the program.
• The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community, the Circle.
• Fun is the magic of the program.

The YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility make up the other directional points. 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.

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