The purpose of the Y-Indian Princess Program is to foster understanding and companionship between father and daughter.
The slogan "Friends Always" does not mean that father and daughter relate to each other as equals, such as two girls 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.
History Of Princesses:
In the Beginning...
"The Indian father raises his son. He teaches his son to hunt, to track, to fish, to walk softly and silently in the forest, to know the meaning and purpose of life and all that he must know, while the white man allows the mother to raise his son." These chance remarks made in the early 1920s by Ojibway Indian hunting guide Joe Friday to Harold Keltner, a St. Louis YMCA director, struck a responsive chord.
What is the Y-Indian Princess program?
The Y-Indian program has a long history of providing elementary school age girls and their dads with opportunities for fun times, learning, and mutual understanding.
Y-Indian Princess programs are for dads who want quality, planned, one-on-one time with their daughters. Membership in the Princess Program is open to every father with a daughter K to sixth grade.
Participation in activities by both father and daughter is a vital part of Y-Indian Princess. Father and daughter share in games, crafts, outings and campouts. The parent observes his child's relationship in the group, and sees the child's strengths and needs, affording a basis for helping the child to grow. Likewise, the child observes the parent in action with other parents and kids. This provides the child with an important role model.
Join Indian Princesses:
How do I get involved?
YMCA memberships are not required to join Guides. Joining is an easy two-step process. Here's how...
• First, complete a registration form. Click here to view and print the registration form (requires Acrobat Reader).
• Second, deliver form and annual dues to the YMCA, 800 N. Big Spring Street. Annual dues are $50 for Father and children.
For more information contact the YMCA at 682-2551.