The Indian Princess is a parent & child activity program that promotes strong bonds between fathers and daughters through shared activities such as campouts, monthly meetings, community outings, and individual and group competitions. As part of the YMCA there is a strong focus on healthy homes and communities.
The YMCA Indian Princess Program is designed to foster companionship between a father and his daughter. The Program is open to all South Hills families and has been offering fun and adventure for South Hills families for over 30 years.
Each year in the fall, new enrollees are grouped into tribes, often organized by elementary school or neighborhood within each Township. The tribe provides the infrastructure for the new enrollees to gather and participate in a series of activities and outings over the course of the three to four years that they participate in the program. Tribes participate in their own “tribe” events and in “Longhouse” events. Longhouse events are organized and hosted by the South Hills YMCA for multiple tribes from the various South Hills townships and include three Campouts each year along with square dances, sock hops, a semi-formal dinner dance, ice cream socials, mini sail boat races, picnics and other activities. Tribe events are organized by the tribe and are typically exclusive to the tribe and their families.
The success of the tribe depends on the drive and organization of its members. Tribes whose members all contribute and participate in events and activities derive the most rewarding experience from the Program. While the Program focuses on the father/daughter relationship, it also fosters great and lasting friendships for both the daughters and fathers within the tribe. These friendships will often survive well beyond the term of the Program.
The annual program fee is $30 per family for those with a standard YMCA family membership.
Active recruitment rallies happen for each school district at the beginning of the school year. Look for a flyer to come home from school with your daughter in early September to get more details. You may also want to contact the South Hills YMCA directly to make sure that you get the flyer. Don’t worry if you missed the recruitment phase, our helpful Indian Agent can place you and your daughter in an existing tribe at anytime during the school year.
What To Do Next?:
The South Hills area YMCA has one of the largest Indian Princess programs in the nation and has been successfully helping dad’s every step of the way for many years with recruitment rallies, sponsoring tribes and mentors (called Skejunkas) to get you started having fun. All that you need to do is let us know that you’re interested and we’ll take care of the rest.
If you are interested in becoming and Indian Princess, print the enrollment form, and send the filled out form to the South Hills YMCA.
If you have any questions about the program you can contact Alex Bonelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 412-833-5600.
Some dates could be tentative. Please check back regularly
7 (Saturday) - Ice Skating 9-11am, The Rink at PPG Place (Plaza between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue) Must Pre-Register online space is limited. This event is for the Big Brave and Princess not the whole family. This is a pay at the venue event $12 pair/$6 extra child. If you have your own skates bring them. The rink has a limited number of youth skates.
24-26(Friday-Sunday) – Winter Campout 1 (Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park Nations) - Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer(126 Nagel RoadFombell, PA 16123) Register online for the campout $160 pair / $50 per extra child (Early bird deadline is January 10th at midnight)
PACKING LIST :Campout Packing Checklist
21-23(Friday-Sunday) – Winter Campout 2 (USC, Peters Twp., and Algonquin Nations) - Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer(126 Nagel RoadFombell, PA 16123) Register online for the campout $160 pair / $50 per extra child (Early bird deadline is February 7th at midnight)
PACKING LIST :Campout Packing Checklist
Snow Tubing - Hidden Valley (Details TBD)
12(Saturday) – Adventure Warrior Race - Camp Frank T. Soles (134 Camp Soles Lane Rockwood, PA 15557) http://www.campsoles.org/about/adventurewarriorrace/
25-27(Friday) – Spring Campout #1 - Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer(126 Nagel RoadFombell, PA 16123) Register online for the campout $160 pair / $50 per extra child
30-June 1(Friday) – Spring Campout #2 – Camp Frank T. Soles (134 Camp Soles Lane Rockwood, PA 15557) Register online for the campout $160 pair / $50 per extra child
From all of us in the program, I would like to welcome you to one of the largest, most active, and most rewarding princess programs that this country has to offer. Monitor this website and communicate with your tribes for the most updated information regarding the program.
We have many new tribes this year which is a product of the hard work and passion for the program that the current Big Braves possess.
With the high volume of new members, we recommend creating an online account. Please view the walkthrough below that will aid you in your start-up process.
Thank you for the support and your interest in developing your relationship with your princess. You won’t regret it!
DON’T FORGET …
Big Braves and Daughters! Earn your patch by learning the goals of the Indian Princess Program:
- To be clean in body and pure in heart
- To be Friends Always with my Daughter/Father
- To love the sacred circle of my family
- To be attentive while others speak
- To love my neighbor as myself
- To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit’s work in forest, field and stream