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. 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. 

Program registration is prorated for the spring semester. 

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

New Participant Registration*:

 $40- Member/$55- Non Member

Returning Participant Registration:

$25- Member/ $40- Non Member

Additional Child:

$15- Member/$20 Non Member

Spring Camping Events:

This spring, each campout will serve specific YMCA Branch Service area(s). All campouts will be held at camps with cabins that includes 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.

Winter/Spring Camping Dates:

Save the date for our Spring Campouts! Registration will open up in December!

Service Area: Dates: Location:
Winter Campout (LH Guides) January 21st-23rd Camp Classen
Kinder Campout March 25th-27th Camp Grady Spruce
Richardson (2nd & 3rd), Coppell, Cross Timbers April 1st-3rd Camp Classen
LH Princesses, Semones April 1st-3rd Camp Grady Spruce
Plano (1st), Moody, White Rock April 22nd-24th Camp Grady Spruce
LH Guides, Richardson (1st), Semones, Plano (2nd & 3rd), Frisco, White Rock April 29th-May 1st Sky Ranch


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: Date: Time: Location:
New Group Meeting September 8th 7:45 AM Virtual
New Group Meeting September 14th 5:15 PM Virtual
Kinder Induction October 24th 6:30 PM Breckendridge Park
Pumpkin Carving October 28th 6:00 PM Richardson YMCA
Holiday Give Back  November TBD TBD
Holiday Parades December TBD Varied by Area
Father/Daughter Dance February 5th 5:30-8:30 PM DoubleTree Richardson
Derby Day March 6th TBD TBD
Derby Day March 20th TBD TBD
Kite/Fishing Derby May TBD TBD


Father/Daughter Dance:

After taking a year off, we are excited to offer our Father/Daughter Dance once again! Join us for a night of dancing and fun! We will be providing dinner & dessert, entertainment- DJ/Balloon Artist as well as photo booth and professional photos. 

Right now we are offering one location for event. 

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton- Richardson 1981 N US 75 Richardson, TX 75080

When: Saturday February 5th 

Cost: $120/pair and includes all entertainment/food as well as 1 5X7 professional picture 


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. If you are not on the group leader distribution list, please email Samantha Buehler at


Date: Time:
September 21st 5:15 PM
October 5th 5:15 PM
October 26th 5:15 PM
January 25th 5:15 PM
March 1st 5:15 PM
March 29th 5:15 PM
April 12th 5:15 PM

For More Information Contact:

Samantha Buehler



Isabella Hess



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