Adventure Programs Information

Adventure Programs provided dedicated one-on-one time with fathers and their children.

Adventure Programs Information

Adventure Programs

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.  Our program is divided into two groups. The Guides are for fathers and their sons, while the Princesses include fathers and their daughters.

The Adventure Program increases the level of activity and excitement as your children age.

  • Planned quality time together
  • Overnight camping event in the fall and spring at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.
  • Experience tons of fun activities
  • Large event opportunities such as the Daddy Daughter Dance, Flying Squirrels Day and more.

Registration

YMCA Adventure Programs is a 9-month adventure.  Registration in the program includes not only and a spring and fall campout, but also other activities and events in between!  You’re not signing up for just a campout, but a year full of memory-making fun!

Registration in the program is made based on the weekend your tribe is schedule to camp out.  The cost includes both spring and fall campouts as well as other events throughout the year.

Choose the weekend your tribe chief communicated with you. If you do not know your tribe’s assigned campout weekend, please contact your tribe chief or adventureprograms@ymcarichmond.org.  A list of tribes and campout dates can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Fall and Spring Campouts

Campouts are the signature events of the Adventure Programs year. At Camp Thunderbird you’ll get to participate in riflery, archery, canoeing, field games, campfires and outdoor fun! Your tribe chief should communicate with you which weekend your tribe is camping.  *Remember, only registered participants can attend Campouts.

At the bottom of this page is a chart of campout weekends by tribe, or visit our Campout Schedule Page for a list of campout dates by tribe name.

Birds Nest Clean-Up Day

Birds Nest Clean Up Days are an excellent way for tribes to give back. Camp Thunderbird needs some TLC to keep it looking its best and we would appreciate help from big and little Braves. All participants will also earn a clean up patch to add to their vest.

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Come join us for a night of food, fellowship and fancy footwork! The Daddy Daughter Dance will be hosted at the Science Museum of Virginia on January 19thand January 20th2019 from 6-8:30 PM on each date. Each date has a registration cap so be sure to sign up as soon as possible! Registration will open December 1st. We encourage tribes to come as a group but participants will need to register individually. The dress attire is semi-formal. There is a separate registration for this event and entrance fee.

Pinewood Derby

Do you have what it takes to be the fastest car in the Adventure Guides 500?? Races will be held on February 9thand 10that Camp Thunderbird in the Navas Lodge. There will be car pick up dates at both the Tuckahoe YMCA and Camp Thunderbird. Prizes will be given for heats based on age group as well as for judge’s choice for style. Please refer to official rules given to you with your car kit for specifications on weight and construction. Every participant will receive a Pinewood Derby patch and this event is included with your yearly registration.

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day is hosted at Y’s across the country to promote healthy lifestyles in every family! There will be activities, games, food and more. This is a free community event that anyone can attend. Please see your local YMCA branch for the date that they are hosting Healthy Kids Day in the spring of 2019.

Summer Event – Squirrels Night (RESCHEDULED)

The Richmond Squirrels have welcomed us back for Adventure Guides night. Please invite your entire family and friends you think may want to join Adventure Guides as the special ticket pricing extends to them, too!  There are also custom Richmond Squirrel patches for program participants. The 2018 Summer Event has been rescheduled for Tuesday August 7.

Family Flight Day

Flight day is the perfect time to watch things zip and zoom! This event allows little braves to bring kites, rockets, drones and anything that flies! Your registration fee includes admission to Flight Day, a patch for each brave and YMCA staff to assist with rocket launchers. Prizes will be given for best in show. This event is open to the whole family and any friends you would like to recruit to join your tribe.


Campout Dates

September 21-23, 2018 / April 5-7, 2019

Abenaki (S. McAuliffe) Arapahoe (A. Matthews) Mahock (J. Chanat) Mattaponi (T McFadden) Patawomeck (J. Sentz)
Blackfoot (J. Padden) Commanche (A. Neely) Nez Perce (H. Schwartz) Kanawha (R. Slevers) Algonquian (M. Woodard)
Catawba (L. Thacker) Shoshone (D. Wilbourne) Wappo (M. Ireland)

 

September 28-30, 2018 / March 15-17, 2019

Apache (M. Rallsback) Blackfoot (Chief Unknown) Cherokee (D. Kelly) Comanche (R. Losi) Manahoac (S. Tatum)
Mattaponi (T. Golden) Mohave (G. Quindoza) Mohawk (N. Walker) Shawnee (C. Jordan) Koda (B. Kelley)
Chickahominy (D. Gray) Croatan (F. Becker) Montauk (R. Glasgow) Navajo (C. Malveaux) Waccamaw (M. Moore)

 

October 5-7, 2018 / March 22-24, 2019

Arapahoe (P. Riley) Cheyenne (B. Delaney) Meherrin (C. Gordon) Blackfoot (J. Thompson) Hopi (M. Gibellato)
Kiowa (J. Atkinson) Mohawk (H. Lelner) Pueblos (R. Laramore) Majkamke (J. Geisheimer) Apache (D. Baldwin)
Cherokee (W. Tyler) Comanche (J. Parese) Pamlico (D. Vass) Cayuga (A. Davies) Zuni (B. Johnson)
Hopi (M. Markham) Rappahannock (C. Leppert)

 

October 12-14, 2018 / April 12-14, 2019

Apache (S. Dore) Pamunkey (P. Whiteside) Abenakee (C. Bayler) Shawnee (B. Cowgill) Comanche (P. Sprenkle)
Navajo (J. Parker) Manahoac (N. Ivey) Black Cree (R. Arsenault) Dakota (T. Meyers) Seneca (K. Lee)
Tuckahoe (S. Foreman) Pamunkey (J. Voorhees)

 

October 19-21, 2018 / April 26-28, 2019

Apache (M. Boughan) Chesapeake (H. Krebs) Comanche (M. Jewett) Crow (M. Bender) Koda (A. Underhill)
Shawnee (G. Chenault) Dogue (J. Meehan) Lakota (A. Copeland) Mattaponi (R. Skipper) Montauk (J. Duszak)
Navajo (L. Ayers) Sioux (J. Heslinga) Chickahominy (Chief Unknown) Crow (B. Lee) Nantengo (Chief Unknown)
Ojibway (Chief Unknown) Shawnee (C. Anderson)  Cayuga (E. Whitney)

 

October 26-28, 2018 / May 3-5, 2019

Seneca (S. Hudak) Creek (V. Hundley) Seminole (C. McDowell) Kiowa (G. Rentz) Teton (D. Maze)
Cherokee (C. Kenny) Fox (B. Biddle) Cheyenne (W. Knier) Crow (A. Patacca) Pamunkey (B. Wise)
Kickapoo (D. Stembridge) Blackfoot (R. Nelson)

 

November 2-4, 2018 / May 10-12, 2019

Apache (K. Pulley) Fox (B. Hoang) Blackfoot (M. Donahue) Crow (D. Kohan) Choctaw (T. Tolson)
Powhatan (J. Powell) Creek (T. Nobles) Seneca (M. Linderman) Chesapeake (S. Krines) Seminole (E. Tewalt)
Comanche (T. Davis) Chippewa (R. Becker)

 

November 9-11, 2018 / May 17-19, 2019

Catawba (C. Hill) Chickahominy (L. Thacker) Powhite (R. Ferguson) Tuskegee (Br. Brown) Chickasaw (C. Gill)
Iroquois (R. Hobson) Monteon (B. Lewis) Ottawa (J. Tyson) Tunica (G. Ellen) Walla Walla (M. Gould)
Mattaponi (B. Burden) Pamunkey (Chief Unknown) Seneca (B. Rountree) Tatonka (Chief Unknown) Kuna (I. Brock)
Seneca (B. George) Shawnee (J. Fox) Monacan (P. French) Pawnee (J. Burke) Black Heath (C. DeRoco)
Choctaw (R. Hart)

RESOURCES

Adventure Programs Manual

Chief’s Meeting suggestions

Longhouse Game list

New Chief Training Document

Why Adventure Guides Why Native American Theme