Roman is an Adventure Guides Dad and Volunteer.
My name is Roman Gardea, I am the Expedition Navigator (volunteer leader) of the YMCA Adventure Princesses for the 2015-2016 season. I wanted to take a moment to share a few experiences I have enjoyed with my two daughters over our last 6 years in this wonderful program. This program is an opportunity for dads and daughters to foster their relationship through spending quality time together, doing fun events with other like-minded dads and daughters. My daughters Olivia, Violet and I have been in the program for 6 years; we are starting our 7th. This has been the most amazing thing that my girls and I have done together. I have watched my daughters grow in so many different ways, from barely being able to speak in front of our circle to standing in front of the entire expedition (almost 200 people) and excelling with large speaking parts in our ceremonies, from not wanting to leave my side, to running to be the first one down a zip line, from being afraid to do new things to helping other girls get over their fears and excel. I have also built a stronger and more trusting relationship with my girls. This is a program that gives you the opportunity to spend time as a daddy and daughter one on one, build the bond of “Friends Forever” and to show your daughter that she is important and loved while you share adventures and experiences.