The Indian Princess Program includes a variety of father and daughter, tribal and nation events and activities. Father and daughter attendance together is required for participation in activities.
The tribe is the basic organizational unit for the Y-Indian Princess Program. Tribes contain anywhere from eight to twelve families. Tribal meetings are usually held once a month in different members’ homes, at the YMCA or other special settings, such as a fire station. One dad is selected as chief, and the various tribal offices are delegated to other fathers and daughters.
Groups of tribes form a Nation. The Longhouse is the inter-tribal council organization that supports the program planning of the tribes. Each nation coordinates Nation events and establishes policies and standards. Council members are elected from tribal volunteers each year.
The Great Hunting Valley Nation follows a fairly regular schedule and includes many local and some overnight activities:
- The three key events of the year are the Spring, Summer and Winter Nation Camp-outs. These father and daughter-only events usually take place during the months of June, September and January of each year and are held at full-featured camps with either tent or cabin camping, dining and activity areas, and a host of activities and events for dad and daughter alike. Big Bear Mountain and Catalina Island are annual destinations.
- September marks the annual Y-Princess program kick-off, and is the time when we invite family and friends to our Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park for food and games.
- In October we host our annual Induction Picnic and Ceremony where we introduce our new princesses to the nation. This is a family event filled with games, food and activities.
- In December, families are invited to participate in our Holiday Party, where we ring in the holidays with food, games, and our infamous Decorate the Chief contest.
- Before we can wind down from our always exciting Winter Camp, February brings the much anticipated Pinewood Derby Race, where each dad and daughter team builds and races their personally crafted 6-inch pinewood derby car.
- May brings the annual GHV Golf Classic and an opportunity for our nation dads to show off their skills on the links.
- In June we host our annual Dad and Daughter Dance where we recognize those princesses who have advanced through the Y-Princess program to graduation.
- July introduces the Y-Guides and Princesses to the City of Huntington Beach, as we lead the 4th of July parade down Main street, painting the faces of spectators young and old in Old Glory’s red, white and blue.
Tribe events typically include both House Meetings and Out Meetings.
- In House Meetings, tribes typically meet once a month at the home of one of the princesses where dads and daughters participate in a craft activity and plan for upcoming Tribal Events, Nation Events or community activities.
- Out Meetings include such things as trips to local or state parks, indoor rock climbing adventures, a round of miniature golf, a boat cruise on Huntington Harbor, overnight stays at Seaworld or the Wild Animal Kingdom, behind-the scenes tours at local fire and police stations or local businesses, participation in community service activities, and much, much, more.