Adventure Programs Information

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

Adventure Programs Information

Health Precautions for Adventure Programs

Our Adventure Programs allow fathers and father figures to spend one-on-one time with their child in a fun environment, while also adhering to the latest guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

  • Tent camping locations only, designated by Camp staff.  Cabin locations will not be used.
  • Saturday Ceremonies will occur on the upper field to provide more space for social distancing.
  • Each circle will have a schedule to follow to keep social distance. A block will be open to fish, hike, or just relax.
  • Health screening form will be mandatory upon arrival.
  • All activities will be cleaned and sanitized after each rotation.
  • Masks should be worn in areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be observed.



  • 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.
  • Choose the weekend for your first child.  (April 16-18: Princess, April 23-25: Guides)
  • Fill out registration form 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. Make sure you select the correct weekend!

For questions, please contact us at

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.

The Spring Campout is the signature event of the Adventure Programs year.  At Camp Thunderbird, circles camp onsite together from Friday night until Sunday.

April 16 – 18: Princesses (fathers and their daughters)
April 23 – 25: Guides (fathers and their sons)

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

A more detailed schedule will be handed out during check-in. 

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


Guides and Princesses is between 5 and 12 years old (Must be in Kindergarten through 5th grade)


Water, meals (talk to your circle chief for food assignments), snacks, activewear (including closed toed shoes), mask, program vest, sleeping supplies, tent, flashlights, bonfire materials (ask about vendor contacts), rain jacket

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!

Resources for Program Participants

Adventure Programs Manual (Updated July 2019)

Vest Purchasing:

Stock or Custom Patches: (Note: this site contains some old patches that do not reflect the program as it is today)