Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides (formerly Indian Guides) was developed by the Y to help strengthen family relationships.  The Adventure Guides Experience enables parents and kids to have fun while sharing new adventures.

Quality Family Time

As the parent of a young child, you have the tremendous opportunity to get to know your child. Spending quality one-on-one time with your child will help build a strong bond of trust and memories that will last a lifetime.  Join the Y and become a member of a community that’s committed every day to helping you and your family grow stronger together.

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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

Foundation & 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.

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Junior Guides

Just like Adventure Guides, Junior Guides (kids ages 3-5) is designed for families to create memories together, develop friendships with others, acclimate them to our social environment and prepare them for the jump to Adventure Guides.  Click here to learn more about the Junior Guides program.
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Form An Expedition

Adventure Guides and Junior Guides are expanding throughout Orange County. If you would like to start an Adventure Guides Program in your community, please send an email request to aginfo@ymcaoc.org.

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Information & Schedules

Existing Members

New Members

Find Your Expedition

Fullerton / Yorba Linda-Placentia

California Wild – father/daughter expedition

Huya Big Sky – father/son expedition

Junior Guides – parent/child expedition

Islanders – father/child graduate expedition

Huntington Beach

Great Coastal – father/son expedition

Great Hunting Valley – father/daughter expedition

Great Pacific – father/daughter expedition

Laguna Niguel

Blazing Sons – father/son expedition

Junior Guides – parent/child expedition

Mighty Wilderness – father/daughter expedition

Sunshine – father/daughter expedition

Great Pacific – father/son expedition

Islanders – father/child graduate expedition

Mission Viejo

Big Thunder Spirit – father/daughter expedition

Broken Arrow – father/son expedition

Friendly Shining Spirit – father/daughter expedition

Junior Guides – parent/child expedition

Rainbow Sky – father/daughter expedition

Rising Son – father/son expedition

Soaring Spirit – father/daughter expedition

Islanders – father/child graduate expedition

Newport Beach

Dolphin – father/son expedition

Junior Guides – parent/child expedition

Wild Wahines – father/daughter expedition

San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, & Dana Point

Doheny – father/daughter expedition

Junior Guides – parent/child expedition

San Clemente – father/son expedition

Islanders – father/child graduate expedition

Contact Your Nearest Program Director

Doug Trawick | (714) 879-9622 | dtrawick@ymcaoc.org

Michael Prange | (949) 495-9622 | mprange@ymcaoc.org

Emily Rader | (949) 722-3820 | erader@ymcaoc.org

Michael Prange | (949) 495-9622 | mprange@ymcaoc.org

Crissy Griffin | (951) 319-7773 | cgriffin@ymcaoc.org

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