Each year of the Y Guides program has an area of focus. First-years' focus is an introduction to the Y Guides program and father and child working together with their crew. Second-years' focus is on spirit, mind and body. Third-years' focus is on service and community engagement.
First Year: The Adventure Begins
- Father and child spend time together completing requirements to earn leaf patches for their Y Guides awards. A special bead is awarded to those who earn all of their first-year leaf awards. They will be recognized during the campfire 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: Spirit, mind and body
- Similar to your first year, participants complete requirements to earn patches. A special bead is awarded to those who earn all of their second-year campfire patches. They are recognized during the campfire 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
- The third-year curriculum is focused on the community and giving back. A special bead is awarded to those who earn all of their third-year trail marker patches. They are recognized during the campfire at the third-year Spring Outing.
- As in previous years, these purposeful activities will inspire involved young leaders.
- Optional Activity: Third-year crews build a raft for the Spring Outing race.
NOTE: An additional special bead is awarded to those who have completed the curriculum for all three years of the program. They will be recognized during the campfire at the third-year Spring Outing.