Adventure Guides At Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas is proud to offer Adventure Guides — Adventure Guides offers a unique experience for parents and their children (see age categories below) to enjoy outdoor weekend camping experiences at some of the best camping spots in Southern California! The monthly campouts will take you to the desert, mountains, beaches and even Catalina Island. Your weekends will include many fun activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, campfire skits, songs, pinewood derby races, crafts, bead trading, event patches and more.

The Adventure Guides season runs from September to June, and most calendars include one campout per month (excluding December). You may join any time during the season. The weekend campouts generally begin Friday late afternoon and end Sunday morning. You will be a part of a larger group called an “Adventure Club” and then a smaller “group” within the club. 

This program is designed to nurture relationships between parent and child - you will make friends and memories that will last a lifetime! You will treasure this bonding time with your child in the Adventure Guides Program!

At the heart of the Adventure Guides are the Compass Points:

  • Family: The “true north” of Adventure Guides that everything centers around.
  • Nature: Directly experiencing and camping in the great outdoors is an integral part of Adventure Guides.
  • Community: The spirit of Adventure Guides is strongest when belonging to a community — known as the “Circle”.
  • Fun: The magic ingredient that makes each Adventure Guides excursion a memory to last a lifetime.

Each Adventure Guides group offers activities everyone can participate in — including games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, ceremonies, as well as camping, hiking, swimming and community service. Adventure Guides also include special one-on-one time for each parent and child, helping build important bonds through a shared experience in a fun environment you can't find anywhere else.

Adventure Clubs Registration Packet



Father and Daughter Clubs


Grades K-5th | Father and Daughter

Adventure Club

Browse Bear Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Daughter

Adventure Club


Browse Coyote Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Daughter

Adventure Club


Browse Wildcat Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Daughter

Adventure Club Tahoe


Browse Tahoe Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Daughter

Adventure Club Spirit


Browse Spirit Club Activities


Mother and Daughter Clubs


Grades K-5th | Mother and Daughter

Sedona Adventure Club


Browse Sedona Club Activities



Father and Son Clubs


Grades K-5th | Father and Son

Adventure Club Falcon


Browse Falcon Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Son

Adventure Club Redhawk


Browse Redhawk Club Activities



Grades K-5th | Father and Son

Adventure Club Ahwahnee


Browse Ahwahnee Club Activities


Mother and Son Clubs


Grades K-5th | Mother and Son

Adventure Club


Browse Phoenix Club Activities


Trail Programs

Trailblazers - Dad and Son

Grades 6th-10th | Dad and Son

Adventure Club
  • Information Coming Soon!





Trail Mates - Dad and Daughter

Grades 6th-10th | Dad and Daughter

Adventure Club
  • Information Coming Soon!







Contact Us About Adventure Guides

Have some questions about Adventure Guides or having difficulty registering online? We're happy to answer any questions you have or help you sign up for the Adventure Guides program that's right for you!

Contact us via telephone at (760) 942-9622 during regular business hours, or email us at [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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