Adventure Programs provides scheduled time and memory-making activities between fathers or father-figures and their sons and daughters.

Adventure Programs


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Registration begins July 1, 2022.

Father and daughter

Go with your child on a journey of discovery with YMCA Adventure Programs.  The program allows fathers and father figures to spend one-on-one time with their child in a fun environment.  Its purpose is to foster a strong parent-child relationship through quality time spent together. 

The yearly registration includes access to a circle group, a camp out at Camp Thunderbird as a Circle in the Fall and Spring, some events throughout the year, and opportunities in our YMCA branches.  

Campouts are where the big moments happen! On Saturday, enjoy what Camp Thunderbird has to offer; canoeing, fishing, archery, marksmanship, gaga, art, and alpine and zip-line for those who are 8 and older, with ending the night with a ceremony for those who are entering the program in the Fall and graduating out of the program in the Spring. 


Children 5 - 12 years old with their father figure. 


  • Click REGISTER to start the online process.
  • If you are a YMCA member or already have a YMCA account as a non-member, enter your login information.  For new participants, choose the “Sign Up” option in the upper right, choose any location you live near, and select the “Non-Member” option on the bottom. 
  • Complete registration for your first child, which includes one child and one father. 
  • If you have additional children, each additional child should be registered under the child’s name on your YMCA account.  
  • After registration, you will receive a separate email from PlayerSpace (prior to the Fall season) to fill out information regarding your circle. 

For questions, please contact us at

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Circle Leadership Meetings and Trainings

Each circle leader will be asked to attend a mandatory virtual meeting to go over the campouts, events for the year, and any additional changes to the programming.

  • September 8, 6:30PM
  • March 7, 6:30PM

Fall/Spring Campouts

Circles, or groups of fathers and their children, will be assigned to a weekend.  Once we receive confirmation that a circle will be attending for the 2022-2023 year, we will place them below under each weekend.  Here are the circles who we have listed so far:

September 30 - October 2 / March 11 - 13 (Guides I)

  • All Guides circles

October 7 - 9 / March 24 - 26 (Princess III)

  • Reeds Landing
  • Rainbow Unicorns
  • Chickahominy Chicks
  • Westend Wildflowers
  • Chicks with Saws
  • Gaga Girls
  • Rambo Unicorns
  • Shy Anne
  • Peace Keepers

October 14 - 16 / April 14 - 16 (Princess II)

  • Ancient Octopi
  • Atlee Arrowheads
  • CROW
  • Firecrackers
  • Ginger Ninjas
  • Thunderclap
  • Unicorns
  • Mattapaninis

October 21 - 22 / April 21 - 23 (Princess I)

  • Big Thunder
  • C’est Le Vie
  • Chicas Du Soleil
  • Dancing Crows
  • Fox Pups
  • InTentCity
  • Psuedo

Family Camp

September 23 - 25 and April 29 - 30.  Family Camp requires a separate registration, which will be available here later this summer.

Holiday Bash

  • December 10 @ 6 pm - 8:30 pm – FREE Event at YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Father Daughter Dance

  • January 14 or 21, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.  Location TBD
  • $15 for members, $20 for non-members (registration opens December 1)

Pinewood Derby  

  • Saturday, February 18 at the Camp Thunderbird Navas Lodge
  • Car Pick-up nights available at the Father Daughter Dance, Tuckahoe YMCA, Midlothian YMCA, and Shady Grove YMCA

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game

  • Thursday, July 28 at 6:35 pm.  Open to EVERYONE! $8 a ticket with patch
  • Summer 2023 - Information/Registration coming in Spring 2023

 Additional events may be added throughout the year.  



Circle groups will tent camp at Camp Thunderbird and make lasting memories. 

Friday: Check-in starts at 4 p.m. 
Saturday: Activities are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with an hour lunch break).  Ceremony starts at 7 or 8 pm depending on the season.  
Sunday: Check-out by noon 

Saturday activities include archery, marksmanship, art, rock wall, zipline and alpine tower.  Open activities include gaga, hiking, fishing, basketball, soccer, and more.


Water, meals (talk to your circle chief for food assignments), snacks, activewear (including closed toed shoes), program vest, sleeping supplies, tent, flashlights, bonfire materials and rain jacket.  Firewood must be purchased separately. The YMCA does not provide firewood for your campsite.

If you are brand new to the program and need to be placed in a core Circle group, please contact to be placed in a Circle based on your neighborhood and your child’s school. We strongly encourage new participants to sign up with a few neighborhood friends or close friends to create a new circle!

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