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:

Signing up is a 2 step process:

1st you sign up with Sierra Nation using this link with the password "waynoon"

2nd, at the end of the Sierra Nation sign up you will see instructions for signing up with the YMCA.

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 - November 2022

We are excited for the 2022 / 2023 season. Registration is open 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.

Past Events:

New Brighton Campout

Halloween Trunk or Treat

Upcoming Events:

Beach Cleanup: Saturday November 19, 2022 More details here

Holiday Parade: December 4, 2022 More details here

Ice Skating: January 21, 2023 More details here

Dad / Daughter Dance: February 19th, 2023 more details here

Museum Sleepover: Mar 4-5, 2023 - stay tuned!

Hoedown: Date April TBD - Stay tuned!

Loma Mar: May 19-21, 2023 - details to come!

Friends forever, Pals always!


Erik Beeson (Sleepy Bear), Nation Navigator

Eric Rehm (Coffee Bear), Treasurer

John Kelley, Webspinner/Naturalist

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 independent 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 seven 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

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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