What is YMCA Adventure Guides? 

YMCA Adventure Guides is a membership programme all about strengthening bonds between parents and children through weekend camping expeditions, monthly adventures and spending quality time together.

Become a member by clicking the button below, or email adventure@nottsymca.org for more information.

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What it involves

Monthly expeditions
Every month, our members get to enjoy our fantastic expeditions. They’re action packed and fun, creating memories to last a lifetime. You’ll learn skills together, experience new things and have a brilliant time along the way.

Some of our favourite monthly expeditions include

Zoo’s, Amusement Parks, Climbing Trampoline, Water Parks. Our Weekend Camping expeditions are filled with activities such as Water Sports, Group Games, Climbing, Walking.

Spending time together
Our programme is designed to help strengthen bonds between families, and build confidence together as children and parents too. Adventure Guides expeditions are dedicated experiences each month to spend time with each other – hassle free and unforgettable!

Our Reason Y
All of YMCA’s programmes are dedicated to the positive development of young people, families and our local community. We’re 100% not-for-profit, and we love being able to connect families and children through brilliant opportunities like Adventure Guides.

When and Where

YMCA Adventure Guides meet once a month, between the months of September – May this is a weekend expedition, typically held on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Between June – August, we host a 2-night camping weekend. All our expeditions are generally within 1 hour of the Nottingham area.

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Families are welcome to join from all across Nottinghamshire! Some areas where we have active Circles include:

  • Hucknall
  • Killisick estate
  • Arnold
  • Chetwynd Barracks/Chilwell area
  • Aspley
  • Sutton-In-Ashfield
  • Clifton
  • Mansfield
  • The Meadows
  • Newark and Sherwood
  • West Bridgford

How it Works


Become a Member

Adventure Guides is run on a subscription basis, the subscription is taken via direct debit each month giving your whole family access to the Adventure Guide Programme. Upon signing up all members will receive a yearly calendar of events including dates so you can plan a head.

Membership is priced between £15 and £30 per month based on how many members are in your family unit, there is an additional cost of £40 per camping weekend your family attend or any expeditions.

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Create your own Expeditions

Perhaps you have some ideas or access to something you would like to educate or share with other families? Once you are a member if you are interested in leading your own Adventure Guide Expeditions which other families can join then a member of the team would be happy to help you set this up. You will have access to a member of staff for support and guidance, exclusive resources including Circle Packs.

Contact adventure@ymcarhg.org or call  07423 695 151 if you are interested in creating your own Adventure Guide Expedition.


Fundraising ideas

If you have ideas on expeditions that are not already funded and would like to get your own and other families involved in something new, and have an idea on fundraising, sponsored events etc to raise the funds to do these, then a member of staff would love to help you achieve your goal. As a member you will have access to a member of staff for support and guidance, and many families who will potentially share the same goals or aspirations so you can get your family out doing even more expeditions through the programme.


Your membership includes a monthly expedition organised by the YMCA Adventure Guide team, these trips range from Theme Park day trips to private cinema screenings, to outdoor walking adventures.

During the summer months our weekend expedition turns to a fun filled weekend of adventure camping. Each weekend hosted brings a variety of activities such as caving, climbing, water assault courses, kayaking, paddleboarding and much more. With Adventure Guide staff on hand throughout, your family just need to turn up have fun and leave the rest to us.

Please note there is an additional £40 cost per camping weekend your family attend this cost is for the whole family, and covers the cost of 2 nights camping, all meals, activities and if required camping equipment.

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Why join YMCA Adventure Guides?

As a member of YMCA Adventure Guides, you and your family will have exclusive access to all our monthly expeditions and camping weekends. The opportunity to meet other families from your area and create your own Adventure Guide events. You and your family will get support from our dedicated team, where you are guaranteed quality time with your family, strengthening bonds and confidence both as a family and individually. You will also have the opportunity to create your own circle of families within the area you live, where with the support of the YMCA Adventure Guide staff you could plan your own events such as coffee mornings, walks, day trips, bake off’s or if you have a big trip in mind you will have the resources and support to organise fundraising to make a big trip become a reality.

“I have nothing but praise for the effort YMCA goes to in organising these unique experiences for families across Nottinghamshire. We have been able to enjoy new things and spend quality time together as a family; we have become a stronger unit because of Adventure Guides.”

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Become a Volunteer

We are always looking for parent helpers to help cook breakfast and dinner for our hungry Adventure Guides on our Weekend Camping Expeditions!

If you want to get involved and help out at our circle activities and expeditions, please chat to the team by emailing adventure@nottsymca.org or by calling 07423 695 151.

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If your question isn’t answered below, please feel welcome to contact our YMCA Adventure Guides team anytime on adventure@nottsymca.org.

YMCA day camps

Did you know…

YMCA also delivers a fun and engaging children’s day camps programme during school holidays called Camp Williams? Whether your  child loves skateboarding or science – our week-long camp offer a variety of Skill Clinics ranging from game design and archery to climbing walls and kayaking. There’s something for everyone! 

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