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What is Adventure Guides?

Adventure Guides is a YMCA program that helps to foster the father/child relationship to create lifelong meaningful memories. YMCA father-child programs are purposefully designed to accompany the parent and child on this journey of discovery. While we do not dispute the importance of whole family activity, we see tremendous value in supporting and strengthening the ability of father and child to communicate at an early age in ways that are respectful, responsible, honest, and caring. We seek to encourage you as a parent to get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid.

The Adventure Guides program will work to…

  • foster companionship, understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between father and child
  • build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth
  • expand awareness of body, mind, and spirit
  • provide a framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together
  • enhance the quality of family time
  • emphasize the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children
  • enable your family to meet other families with children of the same age

What is a Circle and what are the obligations?

Circles are a group of friends and their fathers. Typically they are composed of seven to ten father/child pairs. Most tribes meet about twice a month.  The Chief (circle leader) plans a monthly meeting at someone’s home and the YMCA Adventure Guide Director plans multiple, fun activities throughout the year as well.

Who joins a Circle?

Adventure Guides is for boys and girls ages 5-9 and their fathers or a meaningful male role model in their life.

How do I join a Circle?

There are two ways to join. One you bring your own circle by gathering a group of friends from school, church, sports, or the neighborhood. The other way is to contact the Amelia Johnson by calling 336.983.3131 or emailing her at and letting her know that you and your child(ren) are interested in joining an adventure guide Circle.

All new Circles must call Amelia to register. Current Circles can register online by clicking here.

Remember that your child may be spending the next three or more years with these children. Include your child in the process by asking them who they really like spending time with.

What does it cost?

Adventure Guides is set up as a one-time cost of $40, then varied costs for the additional weekend activities. Click here to register for any upcoming events. Financial aid is available to those who need it. Please email us to inquire.

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Have more questions?

For further information, please contact Amelia Johnson at 336.983.3131 or email at