YMCA Adventure Program Events

The Y-Adventure Guides & Princesses is for Fathers and their Sons or Daughters ages 5-12. We offer fathers the chance to bond with their child on many levels to build a loving and trusting relationship that will last a lifetime. The Y-Adventure program is a unique learning experience for both father and child. Join Us Today!

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YMCA Adventure Program Annual Membership
$150 per Family

Starting August 1, 2017, the annual cost for membership to the Adventure Program will be $150 per year per Family (not including YMCA fees), and will include all standard campouts—aprox 6 per year—and the pinewood derby (except for winter camp, camp surf, and ad hoc events). Non-Member individual standard campouts are typically $50 per family for each weekend.

$150 per family

Photo Album

Check out our Expedition photo album on SmugMug for photos and videos from the program.

Dad and Daughter on pathUpcoming Events

Below you'll find information about our upcoming events. Just follow the links to get more detailed information about an event or to pay for an event online.

All events below are open to all Dads (or Guardians) and their children. Several "Family" events are open to Moms as well. Feel free to bring friends along anytime to introduce them to this very special Father/child program. We use PayPal to safely & securely accept online payments for many of our events.

Check out videos from various events here!

pinewood derby

Pinewood Derby
Tumbleweed Parks and Rec
Saturday March 3rd, 8AM to 1PM ish

Cars and Contact: Cars will be provided by Kit Critchlow (Kit.Crichlow@gmail.com, text: 480-250-9005) in Queen Creek or by Praveen Money (Money@ureach.com) in Awatukee. Please contact either one of us for car pickup.

Cost: If you have paid the annual camping fee then your family entry is FREE. If you did not pay the annual camping fee then your family entry is $25 paid when you pickup your cars.

Race #: You will need to have an assigned number for each car. Please email me the following information: Childs name, age, car name and preferred number (send 2 or 3 number choices).

IMPORTANT: Pinewood Derby Rules & Information

kartchner caverns

Kartchner Caverns
April 6-8

Well maintained modern campground with water and electric at all sites. Trails to hike on, caverns to visit, very nice discovery center and cafe, courteous camp hosts. Far enough from town, but close enough to run in and get something you forgot to pack or need. Plenty of room for kids to play and enjoy. Hot Showers are also available.

$50 Per Family

Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt
May 11-13

Grapevine Group Site is located at 2200 feet on Central Arizona's largest lake, approximately 8 miles South of Theodore Roosevelt Dam. It is a major center for fishing, boating, camping and general vacationing.

Amenities include: Modern restroom facilities with hot water showers, large ramada, and individual fire rings with grills and picnic tables, playground, event area, sports field, lake access trails and a paved boat launch ramp.

$50 Per Family

Father/Child Camping


Join us at our next Father/Child event!

Camp surf

Camp Surf
San Diego
July 6-8

Join us with your whole family and spend several days tent camping right on the beach! Located in San Diego County, this 45 acre facility is lucky to have some of the last undeveloped coastline left in Southern California. Just imagine camping right on the beach and falling asleep each night to the sound of the surf in the background knowing that tomorrow will bring more fun, adventure and learning.

Cost $140 per person

boys hiking

Whitetail Campground
August 10-12

Whitetail campground is five miles from the town of Summerhaven in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. Set within Ponderosa pines in the Coronado national forest. Elevation at 8000 feet. Nearest gas is 26 miles. GROUP TENT SITES ONLY. Small RVs/trailers may park in parking lot. Hiking trails nearby. Rose Canyon Lake is 4 miles away. Potable water, electricity available at each ramada. Trash service and vault toilets available.

$50 Per Family

Reynolds Creek

Reynolds Creek
Near Young, AZ
September 14-16

This group campground is located at a cool 5200’ elevation, just South of Young, in the remote wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. There are vault toilets, tables, grills and fire rings. There is no drinking water and no trash collection. There is a small creek onsite and Workman's Creek is just down the road.

$50 Per Family

upper wolf creek

Upper Wolf Creek
October 18-20

This boulder strewn group group site at an elevation of 6,000 feet is located in the tall ponderosa pines and away from other developed recreation sites in the Prescott National Forest. The trees are thinly spaced in some areas which facilitates group activities, RV parking (RVs not exceeding 40 feet in length), and camping. There are vault toilets, no utility hookups and no drinking water, or trash collection at this site.

$50 Per Family

Picacho Peak

Picacho Park
November 16-18

We are staying at the Jackrabbit Group Area, which is the farthest campsite from the entrance. For those joining just for Saturday and not camping out, we’ll meet at the Sunset Vista Trail Head at 10am on Saturday, and hike the 3.1 miles to Picacho Peak. GLOVES are recommended for the cables. The ranger estimates 3-4 hours for the round trip (6.2 miles total). You can review the map for various options, including hiking that doesn’t go to the peak, and includes the visitor center and ranger station. You can pay for your parking at the ranger station 8am-5pm.
Follow the links below for more information:

$10 Registration fee per family paid here
plus $15 parking fee per car per day paid at ranger station