To foster understanding and companionship between father and daughter.Teepee with Little Indian


The Aims
1. To be clean in body and pure in heart.
2. To be "Friends Always" with my father/daughter.
3. To love the sacred circle of my family.
4. To be attentive while others speak.
5. To love my neighbor as myself.
6. To seek to preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit's work in forest, field and stream.

"We, Father and Daughter, through friendly service to each other, to our family, to this tribe, to our community, seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit."

Daily Prayer
“Great Spirit, Help me to be clean in body, to be pure in heart, to love the sacred circle of my family, and to preserve the beauty of your work in the forests, and in the fields and streams.  Waconda.”


Program Structure


All members participate in small groups called tribes. They meet at each others’ home regularly throughout the year.  Each tribe has a Chief.

There are four Nations: Y-Papoose, Y-Guides, Y-Princesses, and Y-Trailmates.  All Y-Guide tribes belong to the Y-Guides Nation, Y-Princesses to the Y-Princess Nation, etc.
Nation Officers are dads who have been in the program for at least one year.  These officers are the leaders of our Longhouse meetings.  Dads are encouraged to serve on the Longhouse as a nation officer for a minimum of two years.
Chief StandingNation Officers include:

  • Nation Chief – The Big Kahuna!  He leads the Longhouse meetings and the activities of the entire nation.  This “seasoned” Father-Child Program dad provides organization and program philosophy to the program.

  • Wampum Bearer – The Treasurer.  He keeps track of all accounts, and provides payment to suppliers and reimbursement when provided with a valid receipt.

  • YMCA Program Director – YMCA Staff Person.  He/she is responsible for the administration, planning, and implementation of the YMCA Father-Child program for Montgomery County YMCA.

  • Legend Keeper – Responsible for providing a meaningful and interesting story at Nation Campouts

Council of Elders
The Council of Elders help identify future leaders, help in recruitment efforts, provide long-term and short-term planning, help Nation officers with resources for events and training.
The Council of Elders Federation includes the Nation Officers and former Nation Officers.




Campout Policies
If you have a friend who has never been on one of our Father-Child events, you may bring them as your guest. They will not have to pay the YMCA fees or program dues, but they will need to pay for the campout.  Since they are not members, they will not receive patches.
Proper camping and fire procedures must be adhered to at all times during any YMCA Father-Child camping trip.  Fires are only permitted with adult assistance.  All park regulations, curfews, and quiet times must be followed.  At the conclusion of an event, the campgrounds must be left in better condition than when the tribe arrived.  Swimming is only permitted in Park approved areas under adult supervision, and life preservers must be worn during ANY water-craft activity.

  1. A child must be registered as a program member or a guest before they can be registered for a campout.

  2. A child attending a prior campout as a program member or guest may not register as a guest.

  3. All children attending a campout must be registered as a program member or guest (including siblings of a registered child).

  4. If a child attends a campout without being registered for the program or campout, the parent will be asked to register and pay for the child accordingly.

  5. If the parent refuses to register and pay for an attending child, they will be asked to leave.

  6. Children must be supervised at all times.

  7. Children may not carry knives, axes, guns, bows or similar without adult supervision.


Health And Safety Policies

  1. Parents are required to attend ALL activities with their children.

  2. Smoking is prohibited at tribal meetings and confined to restricted areas at nation and council activities and outings.

  3. All safety precautions must be taken when participating in any function or outing.

  4. Parents are solely responsible for the health and safety of their child at all activities.

  5. Proper camping and fire procedures must be adhered to at all times during any YMCA Father-Child camping trip.

  6. Provisions must be made for any persons with any type of handicap that requires special attention.

  7. Any person with knowledge of noncompliance with these policies must report the information to their Tribal or Nation Chief.

Father’s Responsibility for Another Child
If a situation occurs where a child attends a campout or other outing without their Father, or the Father will be away without the child during the event, the Tribal Chief should approve this beforehand. The following steps should be taken:Teepee

  1. An adult needs to agree to take responsibility for the child(ren) who’s Father is not present.

  2. A permission slip needs to be signed by the parent and the responsible adult (the slip to use is attached herein)

  3. The child(ren) needs to understand that the responsible adult will be watching them and needs to heed their instructions and authority

  4. Responsibility for a child cannot be conveyed to another adult without steps 1-3 above.

Cancellation Policy
The only time that we will cancel an event is if there has been a severe weather storm warning in our area or the area to which we are travelling. If you are in doubt, please contact the chief of your tribe. Plan for rain and cold weather. Ask some of our veterans, the “less than ideal weather” campouts have been some of the most enjoyable.
Refund Policy
Unfortunately, we may not be able to refund or credit after the deadline for events. We make reservations and deposits several months in advance for our outings. After the deadline, we make final arrangements. In other words, once we have made final arrangements, we are financially responsible and the parks will not refund any money.