Adventure Programs Information

Adventure Programs provides 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 three groups. The Guides are for fathers and their sons, while the Princesses include fathers and their daughters.  Trailblazers (new for the 2019/2020 year) is designed for teens and their fathers who still wish to spend quality time together after aging out of Guides or Princesses.  Visit the Trailblazers page to learn more about this new opportunity.

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.


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 Circle 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 Circle chief communicated with you. If you do not know your Circle’s assigned campout weekend, please contact your Circle chief or  A list of Circles and campout dates can be found towards the bottom of this page.

If you are brand new to the program and need to be placed in a core Circle group, please choose the “I am new please place me in a group” option during registration and/or contact to be placed in a Circle based on your neighborhood and your child’s school.

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 Circle chief should communicate with you which weekend your Circle is camping.  *Remember, only registered participants can attend Campouts.

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

Birds Nest Clean-Up Day

Birds Nest Clean Up Days are an excellent way for Circles 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 in January 2020.  Each date has a registration cap so be sure to sign up as soon as possible!  Registration will open December 1.  We encourage Circles 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 in February 2020 at Camp Thunderbird in the Navas Lodge. There will be car pick up dates at Camp Thunderbird, Shady Grove Family and Tuckahoe Family YMCA.  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.

The Pinewood Derby is February 22, 2020.

Morning Session

9 a.m. – Car Check-in
10 a.m. – Racing Begins

Afternoon Session

1:30 p.m. – Car Check-in
2:30 p.m. – Racing Begins

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 – July 19, 2019

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.

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 Circle.

Campout Dates

September 20-22, 2019 / March 3-5, 2020 – Princess

September 27-29, 2019 / March 20-22, 2020 – Guide

October 4-6, 2019 / March 27-29, 2020 – Princess
October 11-13, 2019 / April 17-19, 2020 – Princess

October 18-20, 2019 / April 24-26, 2020 – Guide

October 25-26, 2019 / May 1-3, 2020 – Princess

November 1-3, 2019 / May 8-10, 2020 – Guides


See the Campout Schedule Page to see an alphabetical list of Circle and when they are assigned to Campouts.  All Campouts are at YMCA Camp Thunderbird on Shawonadassee Road.

Adventure Guides Program Manual (Updated July 2019)