Parents and children participating in Adventure Guides develop strong bonds that support self-esteem and communications skills, setting the foundation for positive, lifelong relationships.
In Adventure Guides (previously known as Indian Guides or Indian Princesses), parents and children develop healthy relationships, gain a sense of belonging, and learn the importance of giving back to the community through one-on-one interactions, activities with other families, and community service projects. At the heart of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities:
- Family: Family is the “true north“ — the focal point of the program.
- Nature: The natural world and the camping experience within it are integral parts of the program.
- Community: The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small community — the "Circle".
- Fun: Fun is the magic of the program.
The Y’s core values — caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility — make up the other guiding principles of the program.