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We host Signature Events throughout the year for dads and kids to enjoy time together and connect with other tribes across our Federation. Register online for these events as individuals, not as a tribe.


Signature Events

Atlanta Aquarium Sleepover

Meet at the Georgia Aquarium for a BIG Sleepover Party! Explore the world’s most magical aquarium and sleep beside one of Georgia Aquarium’s world-class exhibits.


Charlotte Checkers Night

Join other Y-Guides for a night of hockey and happiness. Bring your tribe and your family to Bojangles Coliseum for one of the best attended events of the year. This fun outing includes high-fiving the team, cleaning up pucks directly from the ice and a chief gets to ride the Zamboni too!


Community Service Projects

Y-Guides supports our community each year by donating our time and energy to:

  • Ada Jenkins Food Drive- Ada Jenkins Center exists to help people in our community create solutions for health, education, and economic stability.
  • Servants with a Heart Meal Packing Event – We pack over 70,000 meals each year which are sent to Monroe and Haiti to help fight hunger.


Y-Guides Annual Kick Off

This annual event is open to all family members. Bring family, friends and neighbors to learn about all the memories dads and kids make as part of the Y-Guides experience.


Kite/Rocket Day

Bring your family to YMCA Camp Thunderbird for the afternoon as you earn your rocket patch. Bring your own rocket (under 2.5 feet, please!) and see how high it will fly. Kites too!


Polar Bear Swim

Want to get your swim on during the cold days of winter? We’ve got just the activity for you and your tribe! Join us at a man-made or natural body of water, take the plunge and earn your White Bear Claw.


Princess Date Night

A night of dinner and dancing for dads and daughters. We host a different age appropriate theme for either first and second year princesses or second year and above. The theme determines your attire. We have Princess themed night, Western Night, and a Masquerade Party.


Princess Date Night Dinner Cruises

Board a lake cruise for an unforgettable night of dinner, dancing and a scenic tour. We recommend these events for fourth and fifth year princesses and their dads.


Y-Guides 500

Have a need for speed but no driver’s license yet? Join Y-Guides at the annual pinewood derby race to test your car’s speed, compete for the coolest car and earn awards.


Longhouses are Federation Signature Events that occur at an area camp. We schedule these annual weekend camp adventures in the fall and spring. These weekends provide quality time for dads and kids together with their tribe plus award presentations and plenty of activities. Activities vary from camp to camp and include:

  • Archery and Riflery
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing Wall
  • Crafts
  • Fishing
  • Group Games
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paintball
  • Skeet Shooting
  • Waterfront: Canoes, Paddle Boards, Tubing, Swimming
  • Zip Line

We encourage all Y-Guides tribes to attend at least one Longhouse together each year. Most returning tribe Longhouses begin on Friday night and end on Sunday morning. Participants choose to stay one or two nights. Tribes bunk together in cabins.

Every fall, we offer special one night Longhouses for first year tribes at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.


Fall Longhouses

YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Lake Wylie, SC
Recommended for 1st year tribes, open to all tribes

Camp Thunderbird is the ultimate natural playground on 100+ acres with nearly 2 miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie. In the fall, YMCA Camp Thunderbird hosts first year tribes for Longhouse. First year tribes always remember this event. Activities include: archery, BB guns, zip line, climbing wall, horses, canoeing, Candle Making, Wildlife, Fishing, games and leather name necklace craft. At twilight, your Longhouse experience takes you through lit torches for induction into the Y-Guides program then a night of fireworks. Sleep in heated cabins with twin bunk beds and bathrooms. Enjoy Sunday morning breakfast, Chapel and more activities.


YMCA Camp Harrison

Boomer, NC
Open to all tribes.

With more than 2000 acres of woods, streams, and trails centered around a private 140-acre lake, YMCA Camp Harrison provides an ideal atmosphere for Longhouses. Located just 90 minutes from Charlotte in the Brushy Mountains between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro. Activities include: archery, riflery, aerial adventure with three zip lines, fishing, canoeing, horses, sports and crafts. Trailblazers may sign up for paint ball and skeet shooting. Heated cabins with bathrooms sleep twenty-two people in twin bunk beds. Small tribes may share a cabin with another tribe.


YMCA Camp Cheerio/ Camp Cheerio Adventure

Roaring Gap, NC
Open to all tribes.

Located on 135 acres high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, YMCA Camp Cheerio amazes tribes with astonishing views of the valley below. Only a two hour drive from Charlotte. Activities include: climbing wall, archery, canoeing, BB guns, horses, crafts, disc golf, putt putt, fishing, hiking and games. Choose to hike Stone Mountain on your last day or stay for more activities. Stay in heated cabins with twin bunk beds and bathrooms.

Trailblazers (8+) choose from caving or canoeing to add to their adventure.


Be prepared for some tight squeezes and crawls; there are no sidewalks or lights. If you have fears of being in small places, this is not for you. YMCA Camp Cheerio Adventures provides helmet, headlamp, guide and a true adventure into the subterranean world.

You need to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes you do not mind getting really muddy. Bring a change of clothes for the trip back (including undergarments). A trash bag for dirty clothes is highly recommended. Bring a warm sleeping bag.


Have some fun on the New River with a guide traveling three to four miles down the River in a canoe with occasional class one and class two mild rapids. The rapids are just enough to keep the river interesting while still allowing plenty of time to float.

For the canoe trip, wear bathing suit and/or shorts that can get wet. Wear water shoes or old tennis shoes that will not come off in the water. Do not wear Crocs, flip flops and other water shoes that easily come off. Don't forget your water bottle.

Spring Longhouses

Camp Rockmont

Black Mountain, NC
Recommended for 3rd year tribes and above.

Discover this lakefront private camp located in a beautiful spot between mountains. This is a rustic Longhouse experience with screened cabins, shared showers and lots of history. Activities include a climbing wall, archery, riflery, hiking, canoes, lake swimming and three water zip lines.


YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Lake Wylie, SC
Open to all tribes.

Located on 1.7 miles of pristine Lake Wylie shoreline, this beautiful 100-acre facility provides plenty of space and adventure for your tribe. Waterfront activities include tubing, Banana Boat and canoeing. Traditional camp activities include: archery, riflery, zip line, climbing tower plus arts and crafts. Trailblazers can try Sailing.


YMCA Camp Harrison

Boomer, NC
Open to all tribes.

With more than 2000 acres of woods, streams, and trails centered around a private 140-acre lake, YMCA Camp Harrison provides an ideal atmosphere for longhouses. Cabins sleep twenty-two people so you may share a cabin with another tribe. Activities include: archery, riflery, ropes course, climbing wall, zip line, fishing, canoeing, horses, sports and crafts. Trailblazers may sign up for paint ball and skeet shooting.