The Father/Daughter (Indian Princess) and Father/Son (Indian Guides) program helps develop life-long bonds while camping, hiking, fishing, volunteering in the community, or attending a Daddy – Daughter Dance. This unique program serves families in the Villa Park and Orange County area by offering Indian Guides (Father – Son) and Indian Princess (Father – Daughter) programs that can nurture strong relationships and memories between fathers and their children.
What The Program Does
The Indian Guides / Indian Princess program is designed to keep the kids (and the dads) interested and having fun. Events are planned throughout the school year from September to June. Each month typically features an event in which all fathers and children participate together in one large group. The most popular events are the 3-4 camping trips during the year (at least one for each season). The camping occurs in designated group campgrounds (typically at State Parks, National Forests or YMCA campgrounds/facilities). Past campouts have been at Catalina Island, Angel Stadium, Yucaipa Regional Park, Camp Surf, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and many other places throughout Southern California.
In addition, monthly events include activities such as a kick-off fall pool party, a Pinewood Derby race, a haunted house, a father/daughter “Sweetheart dance,” sleepover at a museum plus indoor rock climbing, laser tag, fishing, rocket launching, sporting games, turkey shoot, holiday gift exchange and much more. Both fathers and daughters/sons have fun in the program and lasting bonds are formed.
History of the Program
The program dates back to the 1920s when Harold Keltner, a YMCA executive in St. Louis, Missouri, and Joe Friday, an Ojibway Indian hunting guide, founded the Indian Guides.
About the Program
The Indian Guides / Indian Princess program is administered by the Longhouse of the Orange Skies, Non-profit (founded in 2013). The Longhouse is a non-profit organization run and operated on a 100% volunteer basis with the exception of professional services required for legal and financial reporting to support the Indian Guides / Indian Princess program. The Longhouse Council oversees a 1,400-member organization comprised of dads and their sons/daughters offering over 40 different tribes to choose from that are under 10 Nations within the Indian Guides and Indian Princess program.
Who Can Participate?
The program is open to fathers and their children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Kindergarten is a great time to start in the program, but fathers and their children are welcome to join at any time.