What are the YMCA Princesses?
The YMCA Indian Princess Program is for kindergarten through fourth grade girls and their fathers. This Father and Daughter program was developed in a deliberate way to support the father's vital family role as teacher, counselor and friend to his daughter. The slogan, "Friends Always," means that father and daughter have a close, enduring relationship in which there is communication, understanding, and companionship. Y-Princesses encourage such a relationship by providing a means for father and daughter to share enjoyable experiences, to observe and learn about one another, and to develop mutual respect.
What is the Great Hunting Valley Nation?
Across the country the Y-Princess programs are divided geographically into various Nations which consist of several tribes. The Great Hunting Valley Nation serves the Southern most part of Huntington Beach. There are approximately 350 dads and daughters involved in seven active tribes. A child's choice of tribe is typically based either on school area, pre-existing relationships with other Y-Princesses, or finding a tribe that shares the same interests and activity level.
How much does it cost?
Registration requires a $90 annual Family YMCA membership with the West County YMCA along with a per person fee of $60. Each program year runs from September 1st through August 30th of the following year. There are additional per event fees for monthly nation activities which can range from $10 to $20 for local events and $60 to $140 for three-day nation campouts.
How do we join?
Contact the West County YMCA at (714) 847-9622. At the time you join, you will also be able to select the tribe you wish to join. They can also assist you if you need help in selecting a tribe that operates in your area.
Can we participate in an event before we join?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage it. Just check out the event calendar on this site for upcoming events and contact the YMCA office above to let them know which event you would like to attend. We’re positive that once you and your daughter experience the Y-Princess program in person, you’ll be hooked.