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Strengthen the Relationship with Your Child

From attending monthly tribe meetings to fun activities and reaching goals together, Y-Guides build the father/child relationship every step of the way. Join a tribe to grow closer and make memories that last a lifetime.

Our program runs with a typical school year calendar. Online registration opens July 1 for each school year.

We offer information sessions in August and September for you to meet the directors and learn more about our program. At the information sessions, we seat you by your zip code to help form your tribe for the upcoming year.

You may join later in the year by calling the Y-Guides Program Office.

Join a Tribe

Start a wonderful adventure together.

New members, with children ages 5-8, join tribes with five to ten father/child pairs that live in the same geographic area. Father/son pairs are placed in Y-Guides Braves tribes; and father/daughter pairs in Y-Guides Princess tribes.

If your child already has a friend in Y-Guides or is over the age of nine, you may join an existing tribe with similar age children if space is available for new members. Contact our Y-Guides staff for help in finding available options.

When you join a tribe, you spend two to four hours per month participating in meetings or events together. Tribes typically meet once per month for one hour at a member’s home. Fathers determine meeting dates and times that best fit the tribe’s schedule. We encourage tribes to schedule one tribal outing per month and one Longhouse per year.

For a successful start, we provide opportunities every August and September for new members to learn about our program.

The best option for new members with children ages 9+ is to start a new tribe with children close to the same age.

Start a New Tribe

Gather a group of five to ten dads with same gender and age children.

Most tribes find members in their neighborhood, in their school, in their church, on sports teams or in dance classes. Utilize neighborhood social media pages or church/school bulletin boards and newsletters to build interest. Attend neighborhood family events. Ask your child’s friends from school to join. It is helpful to live in the same zip code.

Bring interested dads to one of our Information Sessions in August and September to meet the directors and learn more about our program. At the information sessions, we seat you by your zip code to help form your tribe for the upcoming year.

We also host Tribe Training for New Y-Guides for all new tribes. For a successful start, your entire new tribe attends this meeting. We share detailed information about Y-Guides plus distribute program manuals. Learn how to lead a monthly meeting, plan events for your tribe, participate in community service projects, register for Longhouse, purchase vests and more.

To find tribes that meet near your home or to start a new tribe, please contact:
Y-Guides Program Office | 704-716-6282


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