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 fall 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. 

Camp Grady Spruce Campouts:

Come out for a whole weekend of fun at Possum Kingdom Lake at Camp Grady Spruce. We will have BBs, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, and horses. 3 meals will be served, including breakfast on both days and lunch on Saturday.

Location: 3000 Park Rd 36, Graford, TX 76449

March Campout:

Date: March 26th-28th  


April Campout:

Date: April 9th-11th 


Date: April 16th-18th


 Unfortunately this camp is full at this time. Please email Samantha Buehler,, or Michael Wright,, to get added to the waitlist. 

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:

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are moving this campout to May 7th- May 9th. We understand this is Mother's Day Weekend but we will have some fun crafts for the kids to make for their moms and will also be having an earlier breakfast time on Sunday so everyone can get home quickly.

Date: May 7th- 9th


Day Option Only: 

Date: May 8th 


Local Events:

Father/Daughter Dance:

Where: Collin County Adventure Camp

This event has been postponed due to water breaks cause by February's winter storm. 

We will be having our Father/Daughter Dance this year at Collin County Adventure Camp! They have a huge dining hall as well as a courtyard that will enable us to have a fun and safe dance. DJ, balloon artist and a photo booth will be provided. We will also be providing drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 

While inside, masks will be required of all participants and we will also have outside options. Please see our 2020 safety protocols for additional information but we will also be sending out more information as we get closer. Capacity will also be limited.

An overnight option will be included for those that decide they want to camp in a cabin Saturday night.

Rocket and derby information coming soon!


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