YMCA INDIAN PRINCESSES
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE Y-INDIAN PROGRAMS
The YMCA Indian Program grew out of a hunting trip taken by Harold S.
Keltner, St.Louis YMCA Director. On this hunting trip, Keltner's guide, Joe
Friday, an Ojibway Indian, remarked that is the Indian father who raises his
son, while the white man relinquishes this to the mother. Inspired by this
campfire discussion, Keltner initiated the Indian Guide (boys) Program in
1926. Over the years other forms of this Program have been adopted, such
as the Indian Princesses (girls) Program.
Indian Princesses is a program designed for Dads and Daughters, growing
together spiritually and mentally. Sponsored by the YMCA, it is a spin-off of
their Indian Guides program for Dads and Sons. The purpose of the Indian
Princesses Program is to foster the understanding and companionship of
father and daughter(s).
"We, Father and Daughter, through friendly service to each other, to our family,
to this tribe, to our community, seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit."
1. To be clean in body and pure in heart.
2. To be "Friends Always" with my daughter/father.
3. To love the sacred circle of my family.
4. To be attentive while others speak.
5. To love my neighbor as myself.
6. To seek and preserve the beauty of the
Great Spirit's work in the forest,
field and stream.
We are part of the "Kent Nation", of the Western Reserve Longhouse.
The Kent Nation is currently consists of 3 Mighty Tribes based in
HOW TO JOIN
For information on how to become a member of the Western Reserve
YMCA Indian Princesses, contact:
Western Reserve YMCA Indian Princesses
YMCA Schnee Center
2222 Issasuah St.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Or contact your local YMCA to find out
how to become a member or start
the program in your area.