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Embark on a Great Adventure with Your Child

Y-Guides Membership is open to every father with a child (ages 5 and up). Dad not available? We welcome kids to join with a trusted male family member or friend.

Your journey begins with Braves & Princesses (1st – 3rd year) and progresses to Trailblazers (4th & 5th year) and then moves to Hawkeyes (6th year and up). Tribes in each level host age-appropriate activities, earn patches and receive awards.

Braves and Princesses

Braves: Father/Son
Princesses: Father/Daughter
1st – 3rd year in Y-Guides
Ages 5+

Members form tribes which consist of five to ten father / child pairs that live in the same geographic area. Tribes meet once per month at a member’s home with the host family rotating among members. Tribe meetings provide a forum for spending time together, playing games, making crafts and planning future activities. Each tribe schedules meeting dates, times and activities to fit their group’s schedule.

Tribes participate in group outings such as:

  • Longhouse
  • Community Service Projects
  • Princess Date Nights
  • Sports Events


Boys & Girls
4th - 5th year in Y-Guides
Ages 8+

Braves and Princesses transition to Trailblazers automatically once they enter their fourth year in Y-Guides. Tribes remain together and continue to enjoy the tribal experience.

We recognize that older children are capable of participating in more challenging, adventurous activities due to their physical, social and emotional growth. 

Trailblazers events may include:

  • Paintball and sport skeet at YMCA Camp Harrison Longhouse
  • YMCA Camp Cheerio Adventure Longhouse with caving or canoeing
  • Princess Date Night Dinner Cruise
  • Sailing at YMCA Camp Thunderbird


Boys & Girls
6th year and up in Y-Guides
Ages 11+

Kids 11 old or older can join Hawkeyes without starting out in Y-Guides. When a child receives their fifth year medallion, they transition to Hawkeyes. This co-ed program offers more adventure and encourages leadership through volunteer opportunities. Children volunteer with their fathers at Federation Signature Events leading activities and assisting Y-Guides staff members.

Tribes may not be as active year round, but we invite you to register and attend Y-Guides events. Stay in Hawkeyes, drive your dad to Longhouse and earn a special patch.