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About the Indian Princess Program

The Indian Princess program can be traced back to 1926 with the creation of the YMCA Y-Indian Guides, a program for fathers and sons. Then, in 1951, came Y-Indian Maidens, a mother-daughter program. Three years later, the Y-Indian Princess program was created for dads and daughters. Finally, the Y-Indian Braves program for mothers and sons was launched in the 1970s. 

A change in YMCA priorities in 2002 spurred members in Chicago's Northwest suburbs to branch out and preserve the original focus of the Y-Indian programs. So the Prairie Nation joined five other local nations to form the Algonquin Longhouse federation, which now runs our Indian Guide & Princess programs independently. (Click here for more about the origins of the Indian Princess program.)


The purpose of the Father and Daughter Indian Princess Program is to foster the understanding and companionship of father and daughter.


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


“Friends Always.”

  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 listen while others speak.
  5. To love my neighbor as myself.
  6. To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit’s work in forest, field, and stream.