Join a Crew

Are you ready to have some fun and connect with your child? Now is the time! You will spend the next three years in the program with a Crew; a group of dads with kids of the same age and gender. We have found the optimal number for a crew is between 6-10 pairs. Many crews are formed with neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc. of the same age and gender. First-year crews are mostly comprised of dads and their first-grade children, second-year crews are mostly comprised of dads and their second-grade children and third-year crews are mostly comprised of dads and their third-grade children. But there is room for flexibility when it comes to your child's age and their year in the program. 

Interested in staying informed about the 2022-2023 program year? Complete this form to stay in touch with us. 


The Y Guides program year loosely mirrors the traditional academic calendar. Each year of Y Guides kicks off with second- and third-year Captains Meetings in late August and First-Year Dads Trainings in early September. The Y Guides program year ends with Spring Outing in April and May.


First-year crews are typically formed during the summer leading up to the beginning of the program year, but it's always a good idea to plan in advance. If your child is currently in Kindergarten, we recommend that you begin planning your crew now so that you'll be ready for the beginning of your first year. 

Mid-Summer we will open Crew Registration below. One person from the group will be able to fill out a quick form and will receive a registration link for everyone in the group to get registered. 

If you need help forming your Crew, there are a few ways that you can find a crew:

  • Join the Y Guides Crew Formation group on Facebook and see if there are any potential matches for you there.

  • Check your local neighborhood and community boards. 

  • Ask school, sports, church & neighborhood friends. 

  • We will host Crew Formation events at local YMCA Branches during the summer. Check back here for those dates and locations. 


Registration for the 2021-22 program year is currently closed! If you are looking to register your crew for the 2022-2023 program year, check back here in early summer. 


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