Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides

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

Fees:

  • Facility Members: $30.00 per year / $10.00 per year for each additional child
  • Program Members: $40.00 per year / $10.00 per year for each additional child

Upcoming Dates & Information:

Fall Picnic-Both Boys & Girls: The Adventure Guides group will be hosting a family festival on TBA. For more information, please contact Bryan Chittester.

Father/Son Group

Registration begins August 2, 2021

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Spring Campout:
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Father/Daughter Group

Registration begins August 2, 2021

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Spring Campout:
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We accept registrations year-round! Contact Bryan Chittester to get connected with a Circle or to start your own Circle. For more info 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 11. 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’s 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 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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