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.
CREW 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 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 comprised of dads and their first-grade children, second-year crews are comprised of dads and their second-grade children and third-year crews are comprised of dads and their third-grade children. Most first-year crews 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 crew now so that you'll be ready for the beginning of your first year.
FORM A CREW
If you already know a group of dads/daughters or dads/sons that are interested in joining Y Guides, you can form your own crew! All you have to do is get your crew registration materials and payments together and attend the First-Year Dads Training in September. In 2020, Y Guides registration is going completely online! More details are still to come, but if you're planning to put together a first-year crew for the 2020-21 program year, mark your calendar now for our Virtual First-Year Dads Training on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 7 - 8 p.m. Sign up now!
FORM YOUR CREW
Many of you may have already formed your Crew for the 2020-21 program year. That's awesome! Some of you may still be looking for a Crew. That's awesome, too! If you need help forming a Crew, there are a few ways that the Y Guides team can help:
- Join the Y Guides Crew Formation group on Facebook and see if there are any potential matches for you there.
- If you're an individual pair looking for a Crew, complete this webform and allow the Y Guides staff to place you with other pairs based on your child's age, gender and location.
- If your Crew is already partially formed, but you're still looking to add a few pairs, complete THIS webform.
REGISTER YOUR CREW
Once your Crew has been formed, please have one dad from the Crew complete the Crew Registration webform. By completing this form, you're letting us know that your Crew has been created and you're ready to get everybody officially registered for Y Guides.
The dad who completes the Crew Registration webform will receive an automated email that includes a unique Registration Code and a Registration Link for each individual pair to get registered. Upon receiving the Registration Code and Registration Link, that dad should share them with the rest of the Crew so that they can then get themselves registered. Everybody should be registered by Friday, Sept. 25 so that they can pick up their program supplies for the year.