Program Fees

Program fees cover one program year, which is roughly the same as a traditional school calendar. The fees for each year of the program include everything you need to have a successful year in Y Guides. You will pay program fees for every child you have in the program.

2023-24 Program fees

First-Year Fee: $139.00 membership fee+$82.50 vest=$221.50+tax for YMCA members and $174.00 membership fee+82.50 vest=254.50+tax for non-members
Second-Year Fee: $164.00 for YMCA members and $199.00 for non-members.
Third-Year Fee: $139.00 for YMCA members and $174.00 for non-members.
Trailblazer Fee: FREE

Upon finalizing your registration, you will have the option to pay in installments or pay in full for the fee. 

First-year fees include your initial program supplies such as your Program Handbook, patches, beads and awards as well as your pre-assembled Y Guides canvas outdoor vests and nametags (for father and child). The second-year fee includes your lantern and the supplies needed to begin building your lantern for the Induction Ceremony at Fall Outing. And, of course, each year’s fee includes a program handbook and your patches, beads, and achievement awards for the year. All dads in second- and third-year groups will be invoiced in the summer for the upcoming program year. 

Please note: Y Guides events such as Winter Inning, Spring Outing and the third-year Fall Outing Overnight at Camp Kanata have separate fees based on the event.

How to pay your Program Fees

Second- and Third-Year Groups: Program fees can be paid by logging into your online account. If you have questions about getting started with your online account, call our Customer Service Center at 919-719-9989. If you'd prefer to pay offline, you can mail in a check (made out to YMCA of the Triangle) to the Y Guides office.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available for Y Guides program fees and Fall and Spring Outings through the YMCA's Annual Campaign. Please contact Louis Seaman or call 919-719-9673 for more information.


  • Y Guides cancelations received up to five business days prior to the day of the event will receive a full refund minus a $25/person processing fee.
  • Cancelations received Monday - Thursday the week of the event, will result in a refund of HALF the event fee, per person.
  • There are no refunds for canceling on the Friday of the event or after the event has passed.
  • There are no refunds offered for Winter Inning.
  • All requests for refunds need to be made in writing by email to Customer Service.