Adventure Guides & Trailblazers

January 01, 2018


Find out what sets this father child program apart from other scouting activities"

The Adventure Guides program was developed in the 1920s for fathers and their sons to spend time together.  The father-son program later added a father-daughter component.  Much like other scouts programs, the fathers and their children form "Circles" that get together on a regular basis for meetings.  One of the big differences between Adventure Guides and other scout programs is that the program is built around the father’s participation.  They are present and participating at the meetings and other events.  Check out our upcoming events and more on our website!

“I have worked at the Kroehler Family YMCA for over 19 years and have worn many hats.  I knew what the Adventure Guides program was but I did not have that inside look into the program.   This last fall I stepped into a new role as the Adventure Guides Director and I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it is to watch these dads with their kids.  They are very hands on & active with their children, and we all know that dads play different than moms.  (Sorry moms, not better, just different).  

This fall I attended the Fall Campout at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. I watched dads on the high-ropes course, playfully challenging their children on the climbing wall and I caught a few of them on the zip-line as well.  Not even the rain could hold them back.  

In early December, we had our Caroling and Crafts event. Our Trailblazers group (grades 5-8) is enjoying some skiing and indoor rock climbing over the holiday break as well.  I am busy at the Y planning for our upcoming Winter Campout at Camp Tecumseh.  

Other events that we have coming up this year are the raingutter regatta and swim night at the Y, overnight trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, local parades, movie nights, Spring Campout and more.  

If you are the type of dad that doesn't like to sit back and watch from the sidelines, it is not too late to join us. Take advantage of our discounted annual fee for the remainder of the 2017/2018 program year and come find out what we are all about.

I look forward to everything that these amazing dads and their kids have yet to show me.”
- Sheri Cooper, Adventure Guides program director