YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Y Guides

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina Y Guides program focuses on strengthening the father-child relationship through one-on-one activities. It’s through these shared experiences that fathers and their children grow closer and form memories that last a lifetime.

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Y Guides is for dads and their children in rising Kindergarten through third grade, it is a 3 year program. The participants form tribes with others in their community. These tribes are normally composed of five to ten father/child pairs and meet twice per month.


The Y Guides program is action-oriented! Tribes meet twice per month. One meeting is in a member's home with fun activities such as games, crafts and stories. The other meeting allows tribes to organize monthly outings such as camping, community service projects, hiking, cookouts and much more. Both the father and child receive feather awards and patches for their accomplishments.


In addition to the regular activities, all Y Guides tribes can participate in various larger events throughout the year. Nation events include a Fall Outing at Camp Kirkwood in Watha, NC, creating a float for the Holiday Parade, attending a UNCW basketball game, Father Daugher Dance, and more. And, finally, you won't want to miss the Spring Outing weekend at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, NC. There will be archery, riflery, ziplining, searching for sharks teeth, scavenger hunts, a fun evening campfire with songs, ghost stories and other exciting surprises! Check out our calendar of events to plan for the upcoming year! Check out the Calendar of Events below to learn more!

Father and child attendance together is mandatory for participation in meetings, outings and activities.




The Trailblazers program is for dads with kids in rising grade four or older. You are welcome to join Trailblazers at any time, even if you weren't previously a Y Guides participant.

The aim of the program is to enrich the companionship between father and child and continue strengthening the friendships within your tribe.

Tribes can continue together or pairs can participate individually. Siblings and different age groups can combine into a tribe, the only prerequisite is that each child must be in the fourth grade or older. Father Daughter pairs will work to complete milestones and goals each month to earn a special patch.



Calendar of Events

Chief Challenge 2019

2nd Year Handbook

3rd Year Handbook

Program Dates

September - June

First Year Meeting

Registration is now open online for the 2019-2020 season and will be until Saturday, September 30th. All registrations can all be made online at www.ymcasenc.org or by calling our front desk at 910-251-9622.

We will have a welcoming/packet and vest pickup meeting for all first year participants September 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at our Midtown YMCA Location, you may come at any time within the 2 hour window to pick up first year materials (Including the handbook, patches for first year, arrowhead necklaces, and vests). We look forward to introducing you to the program!

Program Cost
Y Guides (K-3rd)
Y Members: $70 per father/child pair
Non-Members: $90 per father/child pair   
Second Child: $35
Trailblazers (4th year +)         
Y Members: $35 per father/child pair
Non-Members: $45 per father/child pair
Second Child: $15    

*Please note that there are other costs associated with the program such as nation outings/events,vests, and some tribe meetings. We can help with financial assistance for nation events if you qualify via our pathways program scholarships*


Program Materials
Dads can find all of our program materials below:
Outing Ideas
Spring Outing
Fall Outing
Snack Ideas
Aims and Pledge
Hannah Horton
Youth Services Program Director
Midtown YMCA of Southeastern NC
(910) 726-9847 x262