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Adventure Guides

The Adventure Guides program provides fathers and their children the opportunity to spend valuable time together. As part of a larger group, both father and child create unforgettable memories playing games, spending the weekend at an overnight camp, family adventures, and much more. Program registration is now open, please see below for pricing and registration links.



Program Registration:

The program registration fee cover expenses that are not covered by campouts or events. Program registration for the child is needed prior to registering for any campouts and events. This is a yearly fee that only needs to be paid once a school year. We do offer an additional child discount for multiple siblings in the same household please email for this discount and we will credit your account. 

If you're new to the Adventure Guides program and interested in leading a new group, please submit our New Group Interest Form.

This fee is included during the campout registration process. If you are new to the program or not ready to register for the campouts, please use the link below to pay for the registration fee. This fee is prorated if you are signing up in the spring. 

Program Registration -$88/child

Camping Events:

Each campout will serve specific YMCA Branch Service area(s). All campouts will be held at camps with cabins that include A/C, electricity, and bathrooms. More details on each camp can be found on their website and their links are under each campout description. Please be aware that we do not reserve cabins per group, all beds are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and all registrations are done by each family pair. 

If you are new to Adventure Guides or have no YMCA affiliation, please Register for the program above and complete our New Group Interest FormWe will contact you to place your group in a campout.


Please note these are pair pricing, if you are bringing two children, there is an option for that during the registration process. Please note pricing is different per camp due to the cost the camp charges the Adventure Guides program. We try and keep costs as low as possible. 

Breakfast Saturday and Sunday as well as lunch on Saturday will be provided at all camps. Activities at the camps include horses, archery, BBs, zipline, climbing wall, hikes, and more! Specific detail on each camp will be updated a few weeks prior to the camp. 

Group Location Date Pricing* Campout Packet
Winter Campout - LH Guides & Others Classen February 2nd - 4th $300/ Pair  
RD 2nd, SM, MD CGS March 22nd-24th $262/pair  
PL 3rd, RD 1st CGS April 5th-7th  $262/pair  
Kinder- SM, LH, MD CCAC April 5th-7th $272/pair  
Kinder- PL, RD & LH Guides CGS April 19th-21st $262/pair  
WR, SM 2nd Camp Classen April 19th-21st $307/pair  
LH Girls, WR CGS April 26th-28th $262/pair  
CP/CT, PL 1st/2nd, FR, RD 3rd, SM 1st Sky Ranch April 26th-28th  $327/pair  














* non-member pricing



Group Location Date
LH Guides, SM Sky Ranch Late September
  CGS October 19th-21st 
LH Girls Sky Ranch October 
  Camp Classen November 2nd-4th 
  CGS November 2nd-4th 
Kinder- LH, SM, MD CGS November 9th-11th 
Kinder- RD, PL CCAC November 9th-11th

*subject to change. Final schedule will be available May 1st.

Additional Events:

Please check back frequently as we will be keeping this area updated with additional local events. We will try to offer locations around the service area to ensure everyone can make it. 

Event Day  Location
Kinder Induction October 5th  Richardson
Pumpkin Carving October 26th Richardson
Turkey Shoot Out November 18th Plano
Local Holiday Activities Varies Varies
Mom's Campout- Day  December 9th CCAC Register Here
Chili Cook Off January 20th  White Rock
Father/Daughter Dance February 10th DoubleTree in Richardson
Derby Day 1 March 24th Plano YMCA
Derby Day 2 April 14th Richardson/Lake Highlands YMCA
April Baseball Game TBD Roughriders
End of Year Event TBD TBD

Additional Information Regarding Activities:

- Turkey Shoot:

  • Where: Plano YMCA- back green area
  • What: come show off your BBs skills
  • When: Saturday November 18th
  • Time: 9-11 AM
  • Prizes: It will a double elimination bracket. We will be giving prizes for top shoot and one grand prize as a $25 gift card towards a turkey for the holidays!

- Mom's Day:

  • Where: Collin County Adventure Camp
  • What: a fun day for moms and kids!
  • When: Saturday December 9th
  • Times: 9-5 PM
  • Cost: $85 per pair

- Chili Cook Off:

  • Where: White Rock YMCA
  • What: come show off your chili skills and a possible polar plunge. We encourage kids to decorate the table and have fun with it! 
  • When: Saturday January 20th
  • Times: 11-1 PM 
  • Prizes: spiciest, most creative, crowd favorite, best table display

- Father/Daughter Dance:

  • Where: Doubletree at Richardson
  • What: come dance the night away with your daughter!
  • When: Saturday February 10th
  • Times: 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Cost: $125/pair



Group Leader Meetings:

These meetings will be available to all group leaders and will go over upcoming campouts and events. A meeting invite with the link to the meeting will be sent a few days before each meeting. Please make sure you sign up for the meeting you want to attend, this is the list we will use to send the links. If you are not on the group leader distribution list, please email Samantha Buehler at

Our first three meetings of the school year will be in-person. Attendance is HIGHLY encourage and there will be incentives.

Place: Date: Time: Location:
Richardson  September 5th 6:00 PM Ten 50 BBQ


Virtual Campout Meetings:

Date: Time:
September 18th (Sky Ranch) 8:00 PM
October 10th (CGS/Classen) 5:15 PM
October 24th (CGS) 5:15 PM
November 7th (Kinder) 5:15 PM




For more information:

Email us:


Call us:

Isabella Hess



Ethan Eismont



Spencer Perry




Adventure Guides began as the Y-Indian Guide program for fathers and sons in 1926. The program’s purpose was to support the father’s lead role in the family as a teacher, counselor, and friend to his son.

For 89 years, the Indian Guides program was the cornerstone for family programs in YMCAs across the country. Because of the changing world today, the YMCA adapted to the cultural sensitivity of Native Americans. Being a nationally recognized organization with the reputation of being respectful, honest and responsible prompted YMCA staff and volunteers to adapt the parent child program to be more susceptible to the changing world. Thus, the name Adventure Guides replaced the original, but the mission has remained the same.

Guides Resources


Branch/Service Areas & Branch Campout Codes:

Celina Service Area Moody YMCA (MD)
Coppell YMCA (CP) Plano YMCA (PL)
Cross Timbers YMCA (CT) Prosper Service Area
Frisco YMCA (FR) Richardson YMCA (RD)
JER Chilton at Rockwall YMCA (RW) Semones YMCA (SM)
Lake Highlands YMCA (LH) Waxahachie YMCA
McKinney YMCA White Rock YMCA (WR)


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