The Adventure Guides are parent/child pairs who are grouped into tribes with other parents and their kids from the surrounding community. Tribes meet monthly for different activities that help build strong bonds between parent and child. Events include two campouts at YMCA Camp Greenville, pinewood derby race, a father-son flag football tournament, and a father-daughter semi-formal Valentine’s dance. The commitment is small: one 90-minute Tribe meeting / event a month. The payoff is huge!
Foundations + Values
The Compass provides direction for the Friends Forever program.
- The Family is True North – the focal point of the program
- Nature and the camping experience are an integral part of the program teaching respect for nature and oneself
- The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small community of “circles”
- Fun is the magic of the program
The Y’s core values (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility) provide directions as parents guide children on their journey. Along the way adults should model, teach and demonstrate these values as well as give children many opportunities to practice and celebrate them. Initially, these four values provide guidance in helping children select activities, make decisions, and choose appropriate courses of action both in the program and in their lives.
GOALS + BENEFITS
The Adventure Guides program:
- Fosters companionship and understanding and sets a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between parent and child.
- Builds a sense of self-esteem and personal worth.
- Expands awareness of spirit, mind, and body.
- Provides the framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together.
- Enhances the quality of family time.
- Emphasizes the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children.
- Offers an important and unique opportunity to develop and enjoy volunteer leadership skills.
The Adventure Guide Program has four different layers of structure that help to organize and facilitate the program.
GUIDE & EXPLORER – Parents are the Guides and children are the Explorer. Each person (parent & child) chooses an Adventure Guide name when joining the program. Coming up with an Adventure Guide name is one of the strongest memories of the program for parents and children. It may even take several months to come up with something appropriate and meaningful. Names should try to stay with the adventure or nature themes. Good examples of names include: Little Snow Bear, Shooting Star, Big Thunder Cloud, Mighty Oak or Little Running Bunny.
TRIBES– Tribes are a group of Guides & Explorers. Typically tribes are made up of 5-12 families within a school, neighborhood, sports team or church group. Tribe groups come up with a name that connects to nature, adventure or their larger Expedition. Tribes meet regularly, usually monthly, at homes or community locations to complete meeting items and work on earning their patches.
EXPEDITIONS – Expeditions are groups of tribes organized by gender (i.e. dad/daughter). Expeditions host regular events, usually monthly, bringing all Circles together.
Find your Adventure Guides Group
Circles are usually formed geographically based on which YMCA branch you are closest to. We also encourage Guides to join or form circles with church groups, youth sports teams, classmates or any community group that may be interested! For more information on joining or forming a circle contact the Adventure Guides Outfitter.
YMCA of Greenville Outfitter: Mark Moseley (firstname.lastname@example.org)