Youth Development Programs

Adventure Guides

Program Overview

Adventure Guides strengthens bonds between fathers and children with group activities such as hiking, crafts, games, outings, stories, and more. Held at various community locations featuring group outings, this one-on-one time in a fun, special environment strengthens relationships and creates lasting memories. Fathers and their children are grouped into different community locations where they are encouraged to complete Adventure Guides activities together.

Community Locations

Community locations are based on their New Canaan Public Schools (NCPS) district. Please refer below for location information per NCPS district:

  • Waveny Park (suggested for South School families)
  • Kiwanis Park (suggested for East School families)
  • Irwin Park (suggested for West School families)
  • Mead Park (suggested for non-NCPS families)


Throughout the year the New Canaan YMCA runs several outings and events available only to Adventure Guide participants. We strongly encourage everyone in the program to participate in these fun events. They do require advance registration. More information can be found in the Y’s latest brochure.

Additional Y Events

Winter Events @ the Y: Held a few time during the winter months, communities get exclusive access to the Y’s facilities after hours for several scheduled events!

Volunteer Days: Held in the winter and spring, these events are open to all Communities wide service events and are planned by your program director and the Compass Bearer.

NEW! Adventure Guides Referral Program

Refer a friend to join the Adventure Guides program and be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a free private Youth @ the Y or Birthday Party event at the Y!


For additional information, parent volunteer opportunities, and any questions, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 or by email.


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Current Brochure
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Adventure Guides Handbook


  • Archery
  • Camp Overnights
  • Community Service
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nights at the Y
  • Ropes Courses
  • Special Pricing at Ski Resorts
  • Special Pricing at Local Sports Events