The YMCA Indian Guides & Princesses is a terrific family program that encourages parents and their young children to engage in a side-by-side journey of exploration and learning. The Circle, the program’s group unit, provides structure, support, and a sense of community to help build self-esteem and feelings of personal worth for the children, and to provide opportunities for parents and children to spend enjoyable, quality time together.
Battle House Laser Combat is an awesome way to bring Indian Guides & Princesses and parents together to learn team-building skills, enjoy great exercise, and have a lot of fun; the experience, geared to everyone between the ages of 8 and 80+, is unique and challenging on many levels. “One of our very first events at Battle House was with the Indian Guides,” said Doug Huckbody, owner of BHLC. “Since then we’ve hosted many different gatherings of individual Tribes and Nations.”
Battle House is mission-based and tactical. For example, “Protect the VIP” is an escort mission with one team trying to get their VIP safely to the helipad for extraction, while the other team tries to prevent his/her escape. “Capture the Flag” and “Rescue Randy” are other scenarios that involve learning to communicate within a team and strategizing to accomplish a goal together. The indoor facility is an incredible environment, with eight 2-story buildings, tramways, abandoned vehicles and a crashed helicopter, and high-tech tactical laser combat equipment.
In its nearly three years of operation, Battle House has hosted many events for park districts, youth groups, and boys’ and girls’ middle and high school teams and clubs. Kids and adults of all ages enjoy the camaraderie, the thrill of the chase, and the friendships forged during play. For more information about arranging your Indian Guides & Princesses or other student activity outing, please give us a call at 815-900-9003 or email us at [email protected]