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10% Discounts Given to Members of Yguide program, Adventure guides, Indian Guides and YMCA Camp Programs no matter how small the order!    Orders for 15 or more vest kits receive a 15% discount on your entire order.

YMCA Guides and Indian Princess Vest Kits

What is the YMCA Adventure guides, Indian Guides, Indian Princess and Papoose Programs about?

Use the our already designed Yguide and Adventure guide craft kits or ask us to help you with you Indian crafts Great stuff that you can make with your group.

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What is the YMCA Guide, Adventure guide program, Indian Guides,
Indian Princess and Papoose Programs about?

The YMCA Y-Indian Guides, Y-Indian Princesses, Y-Indian Braves and Y-Indian Maidens, also known as the YMCA Adventure Guide Program are year-round programs designed to build strong relationships between parents and their children. 
It is open to families with children in kindergarten to third grade.

The YMCA guide program was started 
by Harold S. Keltner, St. Louis YMCA Director and Joe Friday, an Ojibway Indian.

The participants in the YMCA Family Programs learn about American Indian people
their culture, their customs, crafts and games, and seek to bring new understanding and appreciation of the

Native American Heritage and the contributions Native Americans have made to our nation.
They strive to share the qualities of the American Indian culture and life: 
Dignity, Patience, Endurance, Spirituality, Feeling for the earth, and Concern for the family.

Some YMCA y-guide programs are now called YMCA Adventure guides 
but have strived to keep the Native American theme. 
The reason the YMCA uses the Native American theme is to help focus the groups, 
and to bring traditional values and organizational structure to the program.
The YMCA you join will assign you to a group called a circle or tribe,
that will meet on a regular basis in each others’ homes, weekly, biweekly or monthly. 
YMCA guides tribes/groups will get together for campouts and family outings, throughout the year 
to go on campouts, and other field trips.


The yguides aims are listed as:

1. To be clean in body and pure in heart.
2. To be pals forever with my father/son.
3. To love the sacred circle of my family.
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

To quote Joe Friday:
“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 he must know.”

For more information on The Adventure Guide Program, YMCA Y-Indian Guides, Y-Indian Princesses,
Y-Indian Braves and Y-Indian Maidens 
Click here for links to the YMCA's that have these programs.

Use the our already designed Craft kits for Yguide and Adventure Guide Programs
or ask us to help you with you Indian crafts.


Adventure Guides, YMCA, Yguides Vest Sizing Assistance

Many parents would like to be able to mail order their YMCA vest kits. To assist you in getting the correct sizing we have added this information to our site.
When ordering your suede vest kit, they should have room to wear over bulky sweatshirts throughout the winter months of the program

Childrens' YMCA Vest sizing
Child Medium Suede Vest Kit     Girth Measures 30"     Length Measures 17"
This suede vest kit is equivalent to our former sizing of Child Xlg and is the most common size vest worn by Boys and Girls in the Yguide/Yprincess program that will last them throughout the program.

Child Large Suede Vest Kit            Girth Measures 37"     Length Measures 22" 
This suede vest kit is equivalent to our former sizing of Adult Small,
There are many children that are in the 6-8 year old range that parents have purchased the adult small vest kit for them.
Tthis suede vest kit is usually for children that are taller or are experiencing a growth spurt where whe Child Medium (or Old Style Child Xlg) fits them snug now.
IF your child is larger than an average 7-8 year old OR the program lasts past 8 years of age your BEST choice is to purchase the Child Large (OLD STYLE adult Small) vest kit for your child.

Adult YMCA Vest Sizing
Adult Medium Suede Vest Kit   Girth Measures 45"     Length Measures 23"
This Yguide vest kit is equivalent to our former sizing of the Adult Large suede vest kit, it is a vest kit designed Women or smaller men invoiced in the Indian Maiden, Indian Braves or Yguide programs.   It fits a woman that is 5'6" 150 lbs. Men who are around a size 40 will be comfortable in this vest kit, it is a SNUG size 42 suede vest kit.
Adult Large Suede Vest Kit     Girth Measures 47"     Length Measures 26"
This suede vest kit is equivalent to our former sizing of Adult Extra Large.  Most Men in the Yguides, Adventure Guides programs choose this sizing for their suede vest kit.
If you are local to us, it would be beneficial to stop in our retail store. We have in store ready made samples of the YMCA vests for customers to try on,
If you are not local to us you may try to ask other members of your group about their vest sizes to determine the correct size of vest to purchase.
Adult Extra Large Suede Vest Kit  Girth Measures 53"     Length Measures 28"
This suede vest kit is equivalent to our former sizing of Adult Extra Large WITH an extender, it is approximately a coat size 52. Gives more girth around plus a couple extra inches in length.



If you are local to us, it would be beneficial to stop in our retail store.
We have in store ready made samples of the YMCA vests for customers to try on,
If you are not local to us you may try to ask other members of your group about their vest sizes
to determine the correct size of vest to purchase.

Yguide Vest Kits - Suede Leather Vest Kits
Leather Vest Kits, veg split Suede Vest kits for Guide Program  y-guide Vests, Vests for Adventure Guides veg split Suede Leather Vest Kits For Your Patches


Y-guide Vest Assembly and Patch Gluing Instructions

  The kids yguide vest kits come with either a black shoelace or white kite string material for sewing them together
The adult y-guide vest kits come with either a black shoelace or  flat leather lace. like the lace used in lacing leather projects
such as wallets together.
We suggest using artificial sinew to sew your YMCA vests together.
Artificial Sinew is a waxed nylon thread that is durable and looks nice in the construction of your indian guide or princess vest.

If ordering the artificial sinew with your adventure guide vest kits we would include a stitching needle,
One spool of artificial sinew will sew both the adult and child's vests together and also leave extra for other projects.

YMCA Adventure Guides/Princess ~ Indian Guide/Princess Vest Assembly Instructions - Using Artificial Sinew

Y-guide Vest (Suede Vest Kit) Assembly and Patch Gluing Instructions


Assembling Yguide Suede Vest Kits

The suede vest kits, (Yguide Vest Kits) come with an off white waxed molten thread. for sewing them together
There are 4 pieces in the both the child and adult suede vest kits
suede vest kit parts, yguide vest parts

Align stitching holes and stitch the back B1 to B2 first.
suede vest kit assembly

Lay Side of Panel A over top of corresponding side B2, Lay top of Side B1 over top of A
suede vest kit instructions, yguide vest assembly

Stich Back B2 and A together using sewing instructions below.
suede vest kit instructions, yguide vest assembly

Sew Back B1 to Top Front A following sewing instructions below (You can overlap them whichever way you would like)
B1 over A is how I prefer to do it but you can also do it as pictured here which is A over B1.
yguide vest kit assembly, suede vest kit instructions
1. Cut thread about 6" longer than the seam you are planning to stitch.
2. To begin each seam, start threaded needle from understde of the 2nd hole leacing about 2" on the underside.
3. Go up through the 2nd hole then down through the first hole and tie a knot on the underside with the tail end of the thread.
4. Stitch up and down as in a running stitch through the remaining holes until you reach the last hole.
5. On the underside tie a knot as shown in the step by sep pictures leaving about a 1/2" of thread
6. At both ends of the seam use a match or bic lighhter to melt the tag ends of the nylon thread. With the bottom of the lighter or a metal object tap the knot down so it is flat. IF you do not melt the tails of the knot into the knot itself the thread can untie itself. CAUTION: Nylon Thread Will Cause Sever Burns, PLEASE Use Caution!

Hopefully the instructions we have created for construction of your y-guide vests using artificial sinew, will be helpful in making your vests a project you can do with your child. (EXCEPT for the melting of the knot threads)
Many of the kits that we carry require similar sewing as is done with the vest, so this is a perfect opportunity to assist your child in learning this skill so that they will be able to master the other kits as well.

Yguide Vest Kits -  Suede Vest Kits  - Leather Vest Kits,  Suede Vest kits for Guide Program Y-guide Vests, Vests for Adventure Guides Vegtan Split Suede Leather Vest Kits For Your Patches
10% Discounts Given to Members of Yguide program, Adventure guides, Indian Guides and YMCA Camp Programs no matter how small the order!


Leathercraft Cement Glue Notes: Glueing your patches to your Adventure guide vest

If the back of your patch is shiny (which many of them are now), scuff up the back of the patch so that the glue will adhere.
Place the patch on the vest in the position where it will be glued.
Mark around the patch lightly with a pencil.
Put a thin coat of glue on the back of the patch and in the space you have marked out for the patch.
Allow glue to become tacky. Put patch on vest in position.
Set a book on top of the patch when the patch is on the vest to hold them together while the glue dries.
MAKE SURE that you only apply a THIN coat of glue...
If you put too much glue on the patch or vest it will seep over the sides of the patch and stain the vest.

Try to get the glue all the way to the bottom edges of the patch so that they will be fully adhered to the vest.
If the edges are not glued down this tends to cause the edges to lift and the patch to "pop off"

YMCA - Adventure Guides, Y-guides, Y-princess Events

The YMCA has a really cool program called the YMCA Y-Guides.
If you and I join, we would get to do really neat stuff together.
We would be guides and explorers who meet with other dads/moms and kids.
They would come to our house (or we would go to theirs) for meetings about once a month.
But the meetings would be fun...we’d have ceremonies and snacks and play games.
We’d also get to go on adventures in our community.
And, oh yeah, camping and being outdoors is a big part of the program.
We would wear cool vests and patches and maybe even carry walking sticks.
Let’s call the YMCA to find out how we can join.
Can we?

Many of these events are only attended by memnbers of the YMCA y-guide program,
A great program that fosters a relationship between a parent and their child.
If you are interested in attending this programs or would like more information about
the Indian Guides, Indian Princess, or papoose programs (now known at some YMCA's as Adventure Guides)
Contact the YMCA in your area and sign up!

To join in on these events you need to be a member of the YMCA guide or princess programs.  Please contact your local YMCA about joining these programs.

Southern California YMCA with the Expedition, Native Sons and Daughters, Adventure Guide, Indian Guide & Indian Princess Programs include:


Triunfo Y-Guides and Y-Princesses Calendar

Triunfo Family YMCA 
31225 La Baya Dr. Suite 115 
Westlake Village CA 
91361 
818-707-YMCA (9622) 
fax 818-706-0282

Triunfo Family YMCA
Triunfo Family YMCA proudly serves the families of  Agoura, Agoura Hills,  Westlake Village, and Oak Park, California

Here is another link that may be of assistance: http://www.triunfoymca.org/classes.cfm?category=40



Conejo Valley YMCA  - A Branch of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA
The Conejo Valley YMCA proudly serves the communities of Thousand Oaks, 
Newbury Park and Moorpark.

4031 N. Moorpark Rd. 
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 
Office: (805) 523-7613 

Y-Indian Princesses, Adventure Guides, Indian Guide Programs
Mission and symbols of the Y-Indian Princesses
The Conejo Valley YMCA

West Valley Family YMCA
18810 Vanowen St 
Reseda, California 91335 
818-774-2840

Indian Guides
Former West Valley YMCA Indian Guide Participant's Personal page of a brave 'n dad.


SIMI FEDERATION
Adventure Guide Program


Simi Valley Family YMCA
Y-Indian Guide Program Page

 
3200 Cochran Street 
Simi Valley, CA 93065 
Phone: 805-583-5338 
Fax: 805-583-5476


Camarillo YMCA
Indian Guide & Princess program 
located in Ventura County in Southern California. 
3111 Village at the Park Drive
Camarillo, California 93012
Phone: (805) 484-0423
Fax: (805) 388-7087



Culver Psalms YMCA
4500 S. Sepulveda Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90230 
(310) 390-3604 (Office) 
(310) 390-1695 (Fax)



Orange County California Indian Guide - Expedition programs.

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Links to YMCA's with Parent Child Programs - Adventure Guides, Indian Guides, Yguides, Indian Princess

Y-guide Events to Attend

Your Source for YMCA Guide Programs, Y-guides, Adventure Guide Program, Indian Guides, Indian Princess Program Craft and Vest Kits

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Search our Site| Driving Directions -  Map | Custom Leather  | The Leathercraft Guild   |   Price - Ordering  Info
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10% Discounts Given to Members of Yguide program, Adventure guides, Indian Guides and YMCA Camp Programs no matter how small the order!    Orders for 15 or more vest kits receive a 15% discount on your entire order.

No matter how small your purchase
we'll take 10% off ALL purchases to help with the expense of kits & craft projects
No membership card etc. is needed, just let us know when you call or come in that you are with the YMCA

YMCA Guides and Indian Princess Vest Kits

What is the YMCA Adventure guides, Indian Guides, Indian Princess and Papoose Programs about?

Use the our already designed Yguide and Adventure guide craft kits or ask us to help you with you Indian crafts Great stuff that you can make with your group.

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Custom Leather For 30+ Years!
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