Y Guides and Princesses

Guides and Princesses Parent/Child Programs

Connect in Ways You Never Imagined

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh's Y Adventure Guides program focuses on strengthening the father-child relationship through one-on-one activities. It’s through these shared experiences that fathers and their children grow closer and form memories that last a lifetime.



Discover the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Adventure Guides, where unforgettable parent-child experiences come to life. Our program is designed to strengthen family bonds through exciting adventures and shared moments. Register now to embark on an incredible journey with your child.

Key Benefits and Features:

  1. Family Bonding: Our Adventure Guides program is a unique opportunity to create lasting memories with your child while fostering strong, lifelong connections.

  2. Exciting Adventures: Join us for a series of thrilling outdoor adventures, including camping, hiking, and more, carefully planned to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

  3. Educational Activities: We offer a range of activities that not only bring families closer but also provide valuable learning experiences for both parents and children.

  4. Expert Guides: Our experienced guides will lead you through every adventure, ensuring you have a safe and rewarding experience.

  5. Flexible Registration: Signing up for the program is easy and convenient. Register today to secure your spot in this exciting parent-child program.

Ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Register now for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Adventure Guides Parent/Child Program and create lasting memories with your family.

Find the Tribe below perfect for your family!

Interested in joining a tribe? For more questions and information

Kim Black | Youth and Family Program Director | kblack@ymcapgh.org | 412 489 3226






The Adventure Guides program will work to…

  • foster companionship, understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between father and child
  • build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth
  • expand awareness of body, mind, and spirit
  • provide a framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together
  • enhance the quality of family time
  • emphasize the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children
  • enable your family to meet other families with children of the same age

What is a TRIBE and what are the obligations?

Tribes are a group of friends and their fathers. Typically they are composed of seven to ten father/child pairs. Most tribes meet about twice a month.  The Chief (circle leader) plans a monthly meeting at someone’s home and the YMCA Adventure Guide Director plans multiple, fun activities throughout the year as well.

Who joins a Tribe?

Adventure Guides is for boys and girls k-12th grade and their fathers or a meaningful male role model in their life.

How do I join a Tribe?

There are two ways to join. One you bring your own tribe by gathering a group of friends from school, church, sports, or the neighborhood. The other way is to contact Kim Black by calling 412 489 3226 or emailing her at kblack@ymcapgh.org and letting her know that you and your child(ren) are interested in joining Adventure Guides - or click here and join online.

Remember that your child may be spending the next three or more years with these children. Include your child in the process by asking them who they really like spending time with.

We're looking forward to an amazing year of Y Guides. Be on the lookout for continued updates and info. See you soon!