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 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. 


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
LH Guides, SM 2nd/3rd, WR,MD, Sky Ranch September 20th-22nd
SM 1st, MD CGS October 4th-6th
PL/RD 1st, CP, CT, FR CGS October 18th-20th 
LH Girls, WR Camp Classen October 18th-20th
RD 2nd/3rd Camp Classen November 2nd-4th 
PL 2nd/3rd CGS November 2nd-4th 
Kinder- LH, SM, MD CGS November 9th-11th 
Kinder- RD, PL CCAC November 9th-11th



Group Location Date
RD 2nd/3rd, WR CGS March 7th-9th
SM 1st, MD, WR Classen March 28th-30th
Kinder- LH, SM, MD CCAC April 4th-6th
Kinder- RD, PL CGS April 4th-6th
LH Girls, SM 2nd/3rd CGS April 11th-13th
PL 2nd/3rd Classen April 11th-13th
LH Guides CGS April 25th-27th
RD/PL 1st, CP, CT, FR Classen April 25th-27th

*subject to change. 

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. These are the events we have each year. If they are coming up, there will be a date 

Event Day  Location
Kinder Induction Early Oct Richardson
Pumpkin Carving Late Oct Richardson
Turkey Shoot Out Late Nov Plano
Local Holiday Activities Varies Varies
Mom's Campout- Day  TBD Collin County Adventure Camp
Chili Cook Off Late Jan White Rock YMCA
Father/Daughter Dance Mid Feb DoubleTree in Richardson
Derby Day 1 Early March Plano YMCA
May Baseball Game TBD Roughriders


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



For more information:

Email us:


Call us:

Isabella Hess



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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