The Shimiji Federation is the Simi Valley chapter of Indian Guides, a YMCA program. The Indian Guide program focuses on building strong relationships between parents and their children through fun Events and activities. We encourage you as a parent to “get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid.” During their elementary school years, children tend to see their parents as guides, teachers, and heroes. They start to understand that parents protect and nurture them. A strong relationship is based on our ability to ask open-ended questions that help our children think and move beyond simple yes or no responses. We strive to invite our children to accept challenges and opportunities, celebrate accomplishments, and face fears. 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 your family or others in your group, be flexible and work with your YMCA leaders to develop a structure within the program that works for you. Contact Us for more information on the Indian Guides Program or to learn How to Join a tribe.