adventure guides

sierra Expedition


Welcome to the web site of the Sierra Expedition of the YMCA Adventure Guides program.

We are affiliated with the Southwest YMCA in Saratoga, California: link

2021 / 2022 Registration: link

For more information about joining the Sierra Expedition, contact us at

See the latest Sierra Nation Silicon Valley Adventure Guides overview here:

SNSV Brochure.pdf

LATEST UPDATE - 10/26/2021

At long last we have officially and formally returned for the 2021 / 2022 season. The YMCA has just recently re-opened registration and the Sierra Nation Leadership are well into the process of planning and scheduling nation events for this Adventure Guides year. Please sync with your Circle Navigator on latest updates for upcoming events, also this website's calendar of events will again be updated with our schedule.

Some recent / new changes for this year:

  • Fall Events: We had a great fall campout at New Brighton and look forward to a movie event Nov 7 and a holiday gathering (TBD) for early December (unfortunately the LG Holiday parade is cancelled for 2021).

  • Spring Events: We currently have Winter Lodge booked for February 5, a sleepover event at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk March 5-6, and cabin camping confirmed at Loma Mar June 3-5. Additional events that are still being scheduled: the dad/daughter dance (late Feb), charity event (April) and hoedown (May).

  • Circle Activities: The relationships you and your daughter have made with each other and with your other circle members are the most important part of Adventure Guides. Circle-level events are continued to be encouraged, please start or keep activities going as you see fit and safe with friends from your circle.

  • Graduating Daughters: As with reimbursements, prior / COVID-impacted years graduating daughters have been recognized in our recent Fall 2021 New Brighton Camping event. If your daughter has graduated and has not received their final year / graduation gift -- please inform your Circle Navigator and have them escalate to the Sierra Nation Leadership team. Every effort will be made to get your daughter her gifts.

  • Patches: There are 2020 COVID patches for all who would like them, please reach out to our Nation Scout (via your Circle Navigator) and we can distribute patches. New 2021 / 2022 nation event patches are currently being ordered for both normal events as well as alternate (new) events.

We know the last year and a half has been very challenging for all of us and at times difficult for you and your families. We are excited about re-starting Adventure Guides this year, and look forward to getting back together in a safe and secure manner so that our daughters can once again benefit from this great Program. Please contact the leadership team with any questions you may have, we are here to help. This 2021 / 2022 season will be quite a bit of work, but we as a nation are certainly up to the challenge. Nothing keeps a good nation down.

Friends forever, Pals always!


Tim Richter (Bearded Goat), Nation Navigator

Erik Beeson (Sleepy Bear), Nation Compass Bearer

Sierra Expedition Leadership Team


The YMCA program is for daughters (pre-K thru 4th Grade, w/ 5th Grade optional) and their fathers.

Our objective is to provide an environment within which daughters and their fathers can spend meaningful time together and also learn and have fun. We emphasize participation in Family, Community, Nature and Fun.

The approximately 200 members of the Sierra Expedition can participate in monthly group events. We hold our meetings and expedition events roughly from September through early June. Overviews and timing of these events can be found in the Calendar menu drop down at the top of this page.

In addition, Circles each have their own idependent monthly meetings and occasional Circle activities which vary from Circle to Circle and month to month and are organized by each Circle's leadership (Navigator and Compass Bearer).

Presently, the Sierra Expedition consists of the eight Circles listed below. Circles vary in size from around 10 ~ 25 dads and daughters. If you are interested in joining, please provide basic information about you and your daughter to the Sierra Expedition contact email above so we can best match you to one of the Circles below.

Chinook Circle

El Dorado Circle

Mystic Circle

Ponderosa Circle

Shasta Circle

Tahoe Circle

Tioga Circle

Zephyr Circle

We believe in harmony and respect. In all our relationships. With our Daughters. With our Dads. With our Families. In our Communities. And everywhere we go. In Forest, Field, and Stream. We are always connected. Side by Side. Friends Forever. Pals Always.

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