The program for dads and their kids

"Being a father is the greatest privilege given to any man." -- Monk Mulligan

The YMCA's Adventure Guides program has been providing opportunities for fathers and their children ages 5-8 to develop strong relationships through positive experiences since 1925.

The Adventure Guides are father/child pairs who are grouped into Expeditions of six to ten dads and their kids from the surrounding community. Expeditions meet monthly for a 90-minute meeting. Expeditions take part in monthly Federation Events. Events include two campouts at YMCA Camp Greenville, family cookouts, a father/child cake bake/chili cook-off, and a father-daughter semi-formal Valentine's dance. The commitment is small: one 90-minute Expedition meeting and one event a month. The payoff is huge!

2017-18 Adventure Guides events:

Sun, Aug 27 ,2-4 PM                 Opening Jamboree                           Hollingsworth Outdoor Center          

This event introduces  fathers and sons/daughters  to the YMCA Adventure Guide program. Couples will meet their fellow tribe members, receive their Adventure guide t-shirt, and  enjoy a variety of activities at Hollingsworth. New braves/princesses will make their “sacred arrow”, and participants can craft candles, make brooms, create bug boxes, shoot archery, and hike newly developed hiking trails.

Fri, Sept 29- Sun,Oct 1      Fall Camp Out(**)                             YMCA Camp Greenville                                                                       

Adventure guides and princesses will journey to YMCA Camp Greenville for another memorable fall campout “High Atop the Blue Ridge”. Activities will include riflery, archery, horseback riding, hiking, makeovers, campfires, gaga ball, square dancing, plus an inspirational service at Pretty Place chapel. New guides and princesses will participate in a special initiation ceremony as part of the weekend.

Sunday, Nov 5 -2-4 PM           Hollingsworth Outdoor Center

This is a combination program. Fathers and sons/daughters will display their building skills in constructing a bird house(or craft a car/plane from scrap lumber).We will also salute our veterans with a program at the end of the afternoon. There is no charge for this activity.

Sat, Dec 2 -3PM-6 PM--   The Pavilion—Greenville Rec Ice Arena 

We will be celebrating the holiday season in a new way in 2017. First, fathers and sons/daughter can skate at the pavilion from 3- 4:30 PM. We then have reserved a room at the Pavilion, and will offer different crafts and snacks with a holiday theme.                                                       


Sat, Jan 6  2018-6:15 PM -9 PM                 Cake/Chili Cook-off   Caine Halter YMCA    

Dads will work with their sons/daughters to create culinary masterpieces! Their creative efforts will  be judged according to certain themes while the guides/princesses engage in a square dance  or a winter craft project(guides). The group then converges on the gym to sample the remarkable cakes/chilis. An award ceremony ends a truly tasty evening!

 Sat, Feb 3-6:30 -9 PM                 Father/Daughter Dance (**)                Greenville Marriott-                                                      

For Princesses (Literally!) and their Dads. The affair is a semi-formal dinner dance that is a magical evening of dancing with Jumping DJ Blake Vaughn, making “Hearts for Hope” valentines for deserving children, and  daughters receiving a rose to crown a night to remember.

DATE TBA                                        Hockey Time in Greenville         Bon Secours Arena                  

The Adventure guides will  show their support for Greenville’s hockey team for a Sunday afternoon game. The guides/princesses will be able to go on the ice to gather the “Chuck a pucks” (a promotion for the Road Warriors), and there will be skating after the game.                                                                                                                

Sun, Mar 18, 1-4 PM                       Pinewood Derby  (**)                                  Caine/ Halter YMCA                      

 In the early 1980s, a group of intrepid adventure guide volunteers build a remarkable track  for racing Pinewood Derby Cars. We honor these men by hosting another Pinewood Derby event at the Caine Halter YMCA. Dads and children usually meet as a tribe to help one another build the cars, which can be purchased at one of the YMCA branches. Consult your chief for building details. Prizes will be awarded for creative design as well as fastest racers.

Fri, April 27- Sunday, April 29     Spring Camp Out(**)                            YMCA Camp Greenville                                                                                                                                                     

 Our final “Big Event” returns to the spectacular Blue ridge mountains and YMCA Camp Greenville for yet another Adventure Guide Camp out. Activities are similar to the fall, with some great new wrinkles thrown in (like salamander hunting and bug boxes). A highlight is the “Broken Arrow” ceremony for graduating guides and princesses. This is a fitting ending to a great year of adventures!

(**)  Denotes events that will require an extra fee

For more information, contact Greg McKee, 704-0378;


** Denotes events that will require an extra fee

For more information about these events and the Adventure Guide Program, contact Greg McKee.


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