Join a Tribe

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 tribe; a group of dads with kids of the same age and gender. We have found the optimal number for a tribe is between 6-10 pairs. Many tribes are formed with neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc. of the same age and gender.

Tribe formation timeline

The Y Guides program year loosely mirrors the traditional academic calendar. Each year of Y Guides kicks off with second- and third-year Chiefs 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 tribes are comprised of dads and their first-grade children, second-year tribes are comprised of dads and their second-grade children and third-year tribes are comprised of dads and their third-grade children. Most first-year tribes are 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 tribe now so that you'll be ready for the beginning of your first year. 

Form a tribe

If you already know a group of dads/daughters or dads/sons that are interested in joining Y Guides, you can form your own tribe! All you have to do is get your tribe's registration forms and payments together and attend the First-Year Dads Training in September.


The Y Guides staff has created a Facebook Group for dads trying to connect with potential tribemates. Whether you're a new participant looking to join a tribe OR you're part of an existing tribe that's hoping to add new members, visit the Facebook Group to connect with others.

Next Steps

Registration and Payment
Y Guides plans to move registration online this year! Stay tuned for updates and further details. If you are planning to join Y Guides for the 2020-21 program year, complete this webform and we'll be in touch with registration details as they become available. 

Learn more about first-year dads trainings. 


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