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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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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 the 2010 Princess Winter Camp!

Picacho Park
March 31- April 2nd

picacho peakWe 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


Colossal Cave, Tucson
April 28-30

colossal cave campGROUP CAVE TOUR AT 9:30AM ON SATURDAY, 4/29!

We have been provided a group campsite (El Bosquecito Group Site), and cost is $7.50 per car per day, and $8 per person for the cave. There are three RV spots available near the campsite, so if you are interested, please RSVP to Andy to reserve one of those spots. You can camp, or just show up on Saturday AM. At 9:30am, we have a group going through the cave, 70 degrees and high humidity—so don’t dress warm!

This is an interesting campground, with a petting zoo ($5), and horseback riding—they have a restaurant, and even sell beer and wine! Because there is no cost to register, please email Andy Reizel at, or call/text 480-254-2392. Please note—the gate is normally locked at 5pm, but we have been given special permission to unlock the gate and let people in after hours. You can call or text Andy when you arrive, or because of cell coverage, Andy will meet you at the front gate at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. After that, you’re setting up camp on the road!
Follow the link below for more information:

Pay at Event

Oleary Group Campground

O'Leary Campground
Near Flagstaff, AZ
June 2-4

O'Leary Group Campground is at a cool 6900 feet nestled in the Coconino National Forest. This group campground offers superb camping in the cool pines near several national monuments. This area of volcanic activity is so unique that much of it has been set aside as the Sunset Crater National Monument. Visits to nearby Sunset Crater, lava flow, Indian ruins and lava tube cave are just a few of the exciting activities.

Click here for more information

$25 Per Family

Camp Surf
San Diego, CA
July 7th – 9th

YMCA Camp Surf

Join us with your whole family and spend several days right on the ocean! 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.

Here is the deal. We only have the 65 spots committed at this time. If you want to come this summer and can commit now, we can get you a spot. We can only reserve a spot once you commit and pay until all the spots are gone.

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$140 Per Person
Space is VERY limited!

Upper Wolf Creek

Whitetail Group Campground
Mt. Lemon, AZ
August 11-13

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.

More information here

$50 Per Family
(Free for Members)

Reynolds Creek

Reynolds Creek
South of Young
September 15-17

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.

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$50 Per Family
(Free for Members)

Upper Wolf Creek

Upper Wolf Creek
October 20-22

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.

More information

$50 Per Family
(Free for Members)

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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
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