Who We Are

The Lake Prairie Indian Guides and Princesses is a 501(c)(3) approved non-for-profit parent and child organization that is 100% volunteer run within the Lake County Illinois area.

The program focus is the adventures of a parent and child within Tribes that are grouped into Nations. At the forefront of the program are the four points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities. These points are broad enough in scope to allow for variety and creativity in designing activities.

The four main direction points on the compass are the essential components of the program.

  • Family — fostering the relationship between parent and the child
  • Nature — the camping experience
  • Spirit — experienced through belonging to a small community, called a Tribe
  • Fun — the magic of the program

The Indian Guides Core Values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility make up the other directional points. Along the journey, adults should model, teach, and demonstrate these values as well as give children many opportunities to practice and celebrate them. Adults should also point out and discuss with children any behavior that is inconsistent with these values.

Initially, these four values provide guidance in helping children select activities, make decisions, and choose appropriate courses of action — both in the program and in their lives. As children grow, these values become their own internal compass.

The Main Points allow you and your Tribe members to personalize rituals, activities, and events. You can develop Compass Point activities relevant to your own town and your own common experiences. For example, a group in Texas may build a theme around Texas explorers and pioneers, while a group on the coast may use a scuba or water exploration theme. In each case family, fun, nature, and community might take on a slightly different meaning.

We have designed Lake Prairie Indian Guides and Princess program for parents or other significant adults in children’s lives and their children. An adult and their child or children must attend program activities together.