History

The Y Guides program was founded in 1926 by Harold S. Keltner, the director of a YMCA in St. Louis. The program was created to support the father’s vital role as teacher, counselor and friend to his son. The Y Guides Program was started in Raleigh in 1968.

Today, the Y Guides program at the YMCA of the Triangle is the largest in the nation, with nearly 15,000 participants. This program connects dads with sons and daughters through one-on-one shared experiences. These shared experiences help dads and kids to grow closer and form memories that last a lifetime.