Who We Are
Native Sons & Daughters is a national parent child program, designed specifically for one-on-one parent child interaction within a group setting. Crooked River Native Sons & Daughters is a local program with over 90 families serving Olmsted Falls, Berea, Strongsville, Columbia Station, Middleburg Heights, Brunswick and Medina. Programs are designed for parents and children, ages 5 and up. View our membership flyer.
History of Native Sons & Daughters
The national Native Sons and Daughters Program is a decendent program of the original Native American Indian theme parent-child program, known as Indian Guides and Indian Princesses, founded in 1926. This original program was borne of an idea of Harold Keltner, then a St.Louis YMCA Director, and Keltner’s guide and friend, Joe Friday, an Ojibway Indian.
The Native Sons and Daughters Program, independently founded in 2002, continues the tradition that began so many years ago. The Keltner and Friday families officially support the Native Sons and Daughters Program.
This nationally acclaimed program is unique– because, unlike most youth programs, parents participate WITH their children in every activity!
The Native Sons and Daughters Program focuses on building and expanding the one-on-one parent/child relationship. Many activities are tailored to children ages 5 to 12 and are centered around a Native American theme. There are also activities tailored to older children, as they graduate into the Pathfinders program at grade 5.
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