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YMCA Adventure Guides Tradition

For over 50 years the YMCA's Adventure Guides has been connecting kids and dads across the Northshore. We're excited to support active Guide families from Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Evanston, Skokie, and northern Chicago, as well as start new groups in our local communities.


  • Little girl from Adventure Guides is climbing a wall

    NSYMCA Adventure Guides is a family program designed to strengthen the relationship between parent and child through a journey that occurs within the context of a small group community. In NSYMCA Adventure Guides, parents lead, influence, and teach while presenting opportunities for children to explore the world around them.

    Adventure Guides (parents) and Explorers (children) meet in Groups and participate in Expedition adventures (e.g., overnight camping and/or lock ins) throughout the year. The group is the program’s basic unit, providing a structure, a sense of community, and support for all group activities.

  • Be as active as you, your child and your fellow parents want to be: come to one event or come to them all, be a leader or be a participant, stay with a smaller group or jump into the crowd; it’s up to you!

    For parents with children grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, each event is managed by volunteer parents in coordination with the North Suburban YMCA team.

    Family fee cost covers food, activities, and bunks.

    To create a new Group, contact Nicole Hatfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The Federation


    All our dads and kids come together for our area-wide Federation events. We are the Big Oak Federation and our activities are put on by the North Suburban YMCA.

    North Star (The Expedition)


    Girls who attend all Evanston, Skokie, and Northern Chicago Schools.

    Vodyssey (Voyager - Odyssey Merger) (The Expedition)


    Girls who attend Avoca, Harper, McKenzie, Romona,Central, Sears, St. Francis, and St. Joseph schools.

    Pioneer (The Expedition)


    Girls who attend Faith Hope Charity, Hubbard Woods, Northshore Country Day, Sacred Heart and Glencoe Schools

    Trekker (The Expedition)



    Girls who attend Crow Island and Greeley schools.

    Lakeshore (The Expedition)


    Boys who attend school in Evanston, Skokie, the Northshore, and Northern Chicago.


    *Updated 8/23/18

    For more information please contact:

    Alex Brodell - Adventure Guides Leadership Advisor

    Nicole Hatfield: Adventure Guides Logistics Coordinator


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