Program Goals and Aims

"An Indian Princess is a girl with a Dad like mine"

The Indian Princess program is designed for Dads and Daughters, growing together, spiritually and mentally. Sponsored by the YMCA, it is a spin-off of the Indian Guides program established in the 1920's for Dads and Sons. The purpose of the Indian Princesses Program is to foster the understanding and companionship of father and daughter.

The program is open to girls, Kindergarten through 3rd grade (and then some), and their Dads. The YMCA is dedicated to providing good opportunities for people to achieve their greatest and most satisfying potential as caring, responsible human beings. Y-Indian Guide Programs (Guides, Princesses, Maidens, and Braves) help fulfill this mission by:
  • Fostering companionship and understanding between parent and child, and setting a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships
  • Building a sense of self-esteem and personal worth.
  • Expand awareness of spirit, mind and body.
  • Provide the framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive quality time together.
  • Emphasize the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children.
  • Offer an important and unique opportunity to develop and enjoy volunteer leadership skills.
The Pledge
"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”
The slogan, "Friends Always," does not mean that father and daughter relate to each other as equals, such as two children who are friends. Rather, it means that father and daughter have a close, enduring relationship in which there is communication, understanding, and companionship. The Y-Indian Princess Program encourages 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.

Program Aims
1. To love the sacred circle of my family.
2. To be clean in body and pure in heart.
3. To share understanding with my father/daughter.
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.