Each year of the Y Guides program has an area of focus. First-years' focus is an introduction to the Y Guides program. Second-years' focus is on father and child working together with their tribe. Third-years' focus is on service and community engagement.
First Year: The Adventure Begins
- Father and child spend time together completing requirements to earn feather patches for their Y Guides awards. An arrowhead is awarded to those who earn all of their first-year feather awards. They will be recognized during the camp fire at the first-year Spring Outing.
- Although we encourage you to earn patches, remember the activities are avenues for you to spend more time together.
- Get ready for fun, discovery and most importantly, to become Pals Forever and Friends Always.
Second Year: Working Together
- Similar to your first year, participants complete requirements to earn patches. An arrowhead is awarded to those who earn all of their second-year feather awards. They are recognized during dinner at the second-year Spring Outing.
- Age-appropriate activities are more involved and exciting.
- Second-years get to build lantern poles that are used during a special ceremony at Fall Outing at Camp Kanata.
- Second-year tribes also get to work together to build a trail marker, which they bring with them to Spring Outing at Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer.
Third Year: Service To The Community
- Feather awards are focused on the community and giving back. An arrowhead is awarded to those who earn all of their third-year feather awards. They are recognized during the dinner at the third-year Spring Outing.
- As in previous years, these purposeful activities will inspire involved young leaders.
- Optional Activity: Third-year tribes build a raft for the Spring Outing race.
NOTE: An eagle claw is awarded to those who have earned all of their feathers and totem pole pieces for all three years of the program. They will be recognized during the dinner at the third year Spring Outing.