YMCA Adventure Guides launches parents and their children on an exciting journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the parent as the guide. On Sept. 13, community members are invited to a fun, activity-filled Open House at Somerset Hills YMCA to learn more about this signature YMCA program. 

 

Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., the Adventure Guides Open House will feature an animal show, scavenger hunt, teepee, raffle prizes and snacks. It’s a preview of the fun the Guides have throughout the year as parents and children strengthen bonds during shared experiences such as archery, nature walks, camping and rock climbing.

 

Adventure Guides originated as a father-child program, but last year was broadened to also include a mother-daughter component. The program is for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Past trips have included overnights at the zoo or a museum, zip lining, country line dancing and a community food drive.

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“Adventure Guides is an amazing program that gives parents an uninterrupted opportunity to spend time with their children, building a lasting bond,” said Kelly Dennis, program coordinator. “We are looking forward to opening our doors to the community on Sept. 13 so they can learn more about this unique family program.”

 

Adventure Guides is open to Y members and nonmembers. It has been in existence nationally at YMCAs since 1926 and is designed to allow parents and children to spend one-on-one time together to strengthen family relationships and make lifelong memories. 

 

“This has been one of the best bonding experiences for my daughter and me,” said Michael Storms of Basking Ridge, who participates in the program with his daughter, Skylar. “We have gone on camping trips and to museum sleepovers. The best part of our time with the program is the continuous anticipation, silliness and personal determination my daughter experiences with every trip. The memories we both share will stay with us forever.” 

 

The Sept. 13 open house at Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mount Airy Road, and Basking Ridge will provide community members with information on Adventure Guides and an offer an opportunity to enroll in the program. 

 

Somerset Hills YMCA is a branch of Somerset County YMCA, a nonprofit that exists to strengthen the foundations of community by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving health and well-being in our community and giving back to neighbors in need.

 

For more information about Somerset Hills YMCA’s Adventure Guides program, please contact Kelly Dennis at kdennis@somersetcountyymca.org.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Gary and Collin Ward of Basking Ridge enjoy some fishing as part of a Somerset Hills YMCA Adventure Guides activity last year. 

                                                  

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About the Somerset County YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.somersetcountyymca.org