Family • Play • Bonding • Memories


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. Details for our next season of Adventure Guides are being finalized now, please revisit this webpage often for location and event information.  Program registration is now open, please see below for pricing and registration links.


We won't grow old and just remember our lives in general, we will remember moments in our lives. The Adventure Guides program creates moments and lifetime memories.

Luke Plese, Adventure Guides Dad

For More Information Contact:
Samantha Buehler
Michael Wright



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. Program registration is prorated for the spring season.

Member Rate: $25 per child 

Non Member Rate: $40 per child


Spring Camping Events:

This spring we will be offering a variety of events and campouts to try meet everyone's needs. Groups will be small for each activity to allow proper social distancing. For larger events, we will ask for you to stay with your group/cohort throughout the day. 

Collin County Adventure Camp:

Join us just for a more local camping weekend at Collin County Adventure Camp. We will have BBs, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, zip-line and an alpine tower! This camp is also great for fishing and hiking. 3 meals will be served, including breakfast on both days and lunch on Saturday. More activities to be announced!

Location: 1180 W Houston, Anna, TX 75409

Full Weekend Campout:

Date: May 7th- 9th


Day Option Only: 

Date: May 8th 


Derby Day: 

When: Saturday May 15th

Where: Lake Highlands YMCA

Race Time: 3:30-5:30 PM, car check-in will begin at 1:00 PM

Cost: $12 includes car kit and all supplies needed for race day

Registration: Registration is in-branch ONLY so you can pick up your car. 

The following YMCAs will have cars beginning Monday April 26th: Coppell, Frisco, Lake Highlands, Moody, Plano, Richardson, Semones and White Rock.

What is Derby Day?

Derby Day is pinewood derby car racing! Your kids build wooden cars with plastic wheels that, propelled only by gravity, race each other down a set of tracks. This is a four-race event, with the fastest average overall time coming in first.

The competition itself is only a part of the experience; the construction of the derby car is a special achievement for the kids, allowing them to display their creativity, craziness, and style with these unique creations. This is not a “circle-centered” event, but rather a dad/child one. Each competitor races against random opponents, who may or may not be from your circle.

2021 Derby Day Rules and FAQS


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:

Celina Service Area Moody YMCA
Coppell YMCA Plano YMCA
Cross Timbers YMCA Prosper Service Area
Frisco YMCA Richardson YMCA
JER Chilton at Rockwall YMCA Semones YMCA
Lake Highlands YMCA Waxahachie YMCA
McKinney YMCA White Rock YMCA