Get Ready to Adventure, Together!

Y Guides is an action-oriented, year-long adventure program designed for parent/child pairs to strengthen their relationship through shared experiences. With a circle of families in their community, parents and children will enjoy weekend campouts, a pinewood derby, volunteer projects, monthly meetings and other activities centered around skill-building and fun! 


The Y Guides season follows the school-year, starting in September and ending in June. Each participant, both parent and child(ren), pay an annual registration fee of $75 each year. This fee is waived for YMCA facility members. Orkila and Colman campouts, events and activities have separate fees. To ensure that all families in our community have the opportunity to participate in Y Guides, the YMCA provides financial assistance on a sliding scale. Please contact your local Y Guides coordinator with questions!

Weekend Campouts

Weekend Campouts

Enjoy the friendly company of families in your Circle or get to know new families throughout your Expedition at a weekend campout! From Camp Orkila to Camp Colman to Lazy F Ranch and more, you're sure to discover the perfect spot for a weekend of adventure.

Events and Activities

Enjoy pinewood derby races, sporting events, volunteer projects, the Nutcracker ballet and more throughout the Y Guides season with your Circle.