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

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


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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