Outdoor Activities at the Y

Outdoor Activities

Alpine Tower

The Rotary Leadership Tower is a 55' alpine tower designed to challenge you physically and mentally. The three different faces of the tower incorporate obstacles such as:

  • Corporate ladder
  • Two hanging logs
  • Balance beam
  • Two rope ladders
  • Numerous hanging ropes

Climbing the Rotary Leadership Tower will give individuals an improved sense of confidence, commitment and accomplishment. The Tower is belayed by trained facilitators to ensure the safety of our participants. The Rotary Leadership Tower also includes an Omni-Swing. With an Omni-Swing, the entire group works together to raise an individual up to the height of their choice (up to 30' in the air), and then... hang on tight!

Host your group and experience the challenge of the Alpine tower.

  • Corporate groups
  • Scout troops
  • Schools
  • Sports teams
  • Churches
  • and more!

Group events are a great way to challenge your team and define specific goals to achieve together. Working together through various activities and challenges, your team can improve:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Trust and respect
  • Self confidence
  • Self-awareness
  • Leadership

In removing groups from their normal work environments, the participants’ mindsets change allowing them to think creatively without conventional restraints.

Private Climb Pricing
For private climbs, a minimum of 10 climbers are required. Additional climbers past the first 10 are an additional $15.00 per person.

  • Standard Climb = $250.00

Must be at least 10 years old to climb. Closed-toe shoes are required. Customized scheduling options available.

Open Climbs
Open climbs are available for YMCA of Greater Brandywine members.
Dates: Sunday, October 18 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE for full members | $10.00 for non-members

Contact Sean Oakes for more information. 

Adventure Guides

During their elementary school years, children learn rapidly, becoming much more aware of the world around them. They begin to see things differently and ask questions about who they are, where they came from, and why things are as they are. During this time, children tend to see their parents as guides, teachers, and heroes. They start to understand that parents protect and nurture them.

YMCA of the USA has designed the YMCA Adventure Guides program to assist parents and their children on a journey of discovery. While activities with the whole family are important, we see tremendous value in supporting and strengthening the ability of a parent and his or her child to communicate at an early age in ways that are caring, honest, respectful, and responsible. We seek to encourage parents to get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid.

For these reasons, we have designed the program for one parent and one child to participate together for most activities. If this dynamic is not practical for certain families, be flexible and work with them to develop a structure within the program that accommodates their needs.

Adventure Guides and Adventure Princesses at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine
The Y Adventure Guide Program has been developed around an adventure theme. Like the epic voyage of Lewis and Clark, program participants will enjoy an adventure. Parent and Children will experience new activities including events like roller-skating, bowling, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, hiking and more. With their circles they will experience teamwork and adventure through campout activities, soccer, hockey and circle meetings.

At the forefront of the program are the compass points. The compass points lend an inspiration for activities and also provide a framework from which to build an adventure theme. The compass points outline the program’s focus on strengthening parent-child relationships through small Circle communities while participating in activities that help meet the program’s objectives. The four main directional points on the compass are the essential components of the program:

  • The Family is True North, the focal point of the program.
  • Nature and the camping experience are integral parts of the program.
  • The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community, the Circle.
  • Fun is the magic of the program.

The YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility make up the other directional points. Along the journey, adults should teach and demonstrate these values as well as give children many opportunities to practice and celebrate them. Adults should also point out and discuss with children any behavior that is inconsistent with these values. Initially, these four values provide guidance in helping children select activities, make decisions, and choose appropriate courses of action, both in the program and in their lives. As children grow, these values become their own internal compass.

The Compass Points allow you and your Circle members to personalize rituals, activities, and events. You can develop Compass Point activities relevant to your own town and your own common experiences. For example, a group in Texas may build a theme around Texas explorers and pioneers, while a group on the coast may use a scuba or water-exploration theme. In each case family, fun, nature, and community might take on a slightly different meaning.

Sign up for Adventure Guides or Adventure Princesses
Fathers (or signifanct male adults) and children ages 5 through 10 are encouraged to sign up. The father will act as the “Guide” and the child will act as the “Explorer.”

How to participate in Adventure Guides
The YMCA groups parent-child pairs into "Circles" that meet on a regular basis in each other's homes, usually monthly. Occasionally, several Circles come together to participate in larger activities such as campouts, parties, or parades. These outings are called “Expeditions.” The core of the YMCA Adventure Guides program is these Circle and Expedition meetings and adventures. Typical activities include ceremonies, games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking, and swimming.

Contact Stephanie Bewley for more information on Adventure Guides or Princesses at the Lionville Community YMCA.

Eco Workshops

For families with children ages 4 and up.
Join our knowledgeable staff for special family programs to explore nature and science topics. Meet in the Nature Center. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. Dates listed below:

  • Saturday, October 10 6:30-7:30 pm- Cold Blooded Creatures