Adventure Guides’ Testimonial
Growing up, I was in what was previously called “Indian Princesses” With my dad. My brothers were in “Indian Guides” with him as well. This was the YMCA program equivalent to Adventure Guides today. Being a part of the program provided some of the best memories that I will hold on to for a lifetime. It also helped to encourage a bond between my dad and me that continues to grow today. My dad was busy, often worked 6 days a week, and did his best to juggle work and family life, while making time to show my brothers and me that we were and are loved and special. The Y played a big part in this.
When I grew up, got married, and had kids of my own, of course I wanted my kids to make the same special memories I had experienced. Times were tough though, due to an economic downturn that spiraled layoffs, the use of credit cards to pay bills, and savings burnout to get by. It was tough. Tough pay for a roof, to buy groceries, tough to even imagine Christmas presents, etc. Certainly, Adventure guides are not necessary for survival, but in times where you want to do special things for your kids, but keep putting it off because of a lack of funds to do those things is discouraging. Determined to make it happen, one day I walked into the Y assuming we couldn’t afford to sign up, but asked if there were any way we could sign up with a post dated check (so that I would have to plan to have enough in the bank to cover it on pay day). It was then that the director graciously suggested we apply for financial assistance so that it wouldn’t be such a struggle. I had no idea there was such a thing. I had just put it off until then because I assumed we couldn’t do it. We were fortunate to receive assistance which made it possible for my girls to participate with their dad in amazing adventure which has created memories that will last a lifetime. Camping trips, father-daughter dances, monthly meetings where my daughters are making friends, and my husband is building relationships as well. No judgment, no shame, no division because we are receiving financial support.
The Y stands by their motto in promoting strong families. Not just strong families who can afford it. The Y and staff at Y have shown us that they are passionate that families participate in family building activities, and that participation is more important than having the money to do so. We hope to give back to the Y for what we have been given. To pay it forward as soon as feasible. We plan to give back through our time or finances so that other families can experience what our family has. We are so thankful!