YMCA Adventure Guides

Dad smiling as daughter stands with baseball bat and glove

YMCA Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides programs launch parents and their children on a journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the parent as the guide. Adventure Guides encourages parents to get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid with group activities such as games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, ceremonies and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking and swimming.  The one-on-one time in a fun, special environment builds important bonds through shared experiences.

Spending quality one-on-one time as a family will help build a strong bond of trust and memories that will last a lifetime. Become part of a program that’s committed to helping you and your family grow stronger together.

  • Program is designed for boys and girls aged 5-12.
  • YMCA membership is required for participants. 
  • Sons or daughters are paired with similar age and gender.
  • Each parent/child pair joins a "Circle" of other parents & their kids. These Circles try to meet at least once a month for group bonding and to plan the group's events.
  • Circle members typically all attend the same YMCA campout in the fall and spring, in addition to participating in other YMCA events together throughout the school year.

Choose your Y location to learn about the next meeting:

Who To Contact:

Greater Bergen County
Martin Richards

After School / Sleepaway Camp Director

Fairview Lake YMCA 
Marc Koch

Senior Director

South Mountain and East Orange 
Tom Donaldson

Social Responsibility Director

Sussex County 
Samantha Walter

SACC, Sports, and Enrichment Director

Lisa Sheafer

Youth/Family Engagement Director

West Essex 
Michael Lee

Youth and Team Director

To get involved or to request additional information, please fill out the form below.

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