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Nov 4, 2021 - Fry Family YMCA

Y Adventure Guides 2021-2022: Three Owls Federation

Y Adventure Guides is back at Fry Family YMCA!

Fry Family YMCA is home to the Three Owls Federation!  Registration is open online or by phone: (630) 904-9595.

Program Overview

In Adventure Guides, 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 “true north”—the focal point of the program.
  • Nature. The natural world and the camping experience 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.

*At the Y, we welcome all families. We define the term parents broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children: biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents raising children, or any other type of parenting relationship. All are welcome and encouraged to be guides in raising children for whom they are responsible or to whom they have committed to being a positive adult role model.

About the program

Most of us lead very busy lives and often wonder how to fit in quality time with our kids. This is where the Y Adventure Guides come in. Guides is a flexible program that allows parents to lead, influence, and teach while presenting opportunities for children to explore the world around them. Adventure Guides (parents) and Explorers (children) meet in Circles and participate in Expedition adventures (e.g., overnight camping) throughout the year.  There are even special activities that are offered monthly to all program participants so that you can interact with other Circles as well.

Activities include:

  • Overnight campouts
  • A winter cabin camp out complete with meals and activities
  • Late night events at the Y
  • Parent/ Child Dance
  • Group volunteer activities
  • Parades
  • And more!

2021-2022 Federation & Family Event Schedule:

November 12-14, 2021: Fall Campout at YMCA Camp Duncan 

November 26, 2021 (7 PM): Naperville Parade of Lights | We are meeting at 6:45 at Centennial Beach, Naperville to walk in the parade. The YMCA will have a decorated mini bus to walk with. Dress warm and have fun!

December 11, 2021: Caroling | @ Downtown Naperville 1:00pm-3:00pm | We will meet at 1:00pm at the 2nd Floor Coffeeshop inside the downtown Naperville‘s Barnes & Noble, at the intersection of Washington St. and Chicago Ave.  We will be heading out into downtown Naperville at 1:00pm, and walking around the downtown, breaking into impromptu Christmas Caroling throughout the city sidewalks!

January 21-23  2022: Winter Campout at Camp Tecumseh | Registration open Dec 13, 2021  (Parents must register with their child(ren))

February 11, 2021: Parent-Child Dance | Fry Family YMCA

February 20, 2022: Cardboard Boat Regatta & Family Swim | 10:00am - 12:30pm @ Fry Family YMCA pool

March 6, 2022: Cave of the Mounds Outing | 1:45 pm @ 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road  Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148

April 2022: National Volunteer Month Activities

April 24, 2022: Chicago Wolves Game Outing | 3:00 pm @ AllState Arena | Registration includes reserved seat and Chicago Wolves patch; parking not included.

April 28, 2022: Spring Volunteer Fair | 5:00pm - 7:30pm @ Fry Family YMCA gym | Come check out the many local non-profits and thier volunteer opporunities for people of all ages at Fry YMCA's Spring Volunteer Fair! This is a free event.

April 30, 2022: Healthy Kids Day | 10:00am - 1:00pm @ Fry Family YMCA gymnasium

May 2022: Spring Campout (Location TBD)

May 7, 2022: Children's Triathlon | 10:00am - 1:00pm @ Fry Family YMCA

May 28, 2022: Kane County Cougars Scouts Night Campout | 6:30 pm @ Northwestern Medicine Field | Registration includes reserved seat for the game, Campout pass, and the Scout food bundle (Scouts patch, hotdog, and drink).

June 2022: TBD

August 1, 2022: National Night Out Movie Night with the Naperville Police Department | 6:30pm @ Fry Family YMCA | This is a free event.

And more events to be announced!


Three Owls Federation Leader: Mike Ochs

YMCA Program Liason & Contact: Erin Ortiz, Family Engagement Director, [email protected]