The Y Guide and Princess family program at the New Canaan YMCA will kick off in September with the first fall outing taking place at the end of the month.

Registration is currently available for new and returning participants.

The Y Guide and Princess program is a father/son and father/daughter experience in which participants bond through monthly outings and activities.

"The goal of the Y-Guide and Y-Princess program is to instill closer family relationships between parents and children," said Davie Cedela, the Y's youth and family director. "The program promotes togetherness and provides fathers and children with the opportunity to step away from their busy lives and spend time bonding through volunteering, field trips, and weekend outings. It's so great to watch the dads with the kids. It makes me wish I had done something like this with my dad when I was younger."

The program is open to children in kindergarten through fourth grade and their fathers. The program runs for the duration of the school year beginning in September and culminating on Memorial Day weekend, with each tribe's participation in New Canaan's Memorial Day parade. Tribes consist of approximately 20 families who attend monthly outings coordinated by the tribe "chief."

Monthly outings include community service projects as well as fun field trips in which fathers and their children participate together. Past monthly outings have included hiking, volunteering at Waveny Care Center, ice skating, and attending local sporting events.

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In addition, the Y offers three larger outings for tribes to participate in together. A tented camping outing is held each fall at Camp Mohawk in Litchfield, and a winter outing is held at Camp Jewell in Colebrook. Both the fall and winter outings feature a separate weekend for Y Guide tribes and a weekend for Y Princess tribes. Additionally in the spring, a large final outing including all father/daughter and father/son tribes on the same weekend is held at Frost Valley in the Catskill Mountain region of New York.

The fall outings, which are hosted at Camp Mohawk and give tribes the opportunity for outdoor autumn fun while camping in a tent, will take place Sept. 28 to 29 for Y Princess tribes and Oct. 5 to 6 for Y Guide tribes.

For information, contact Davie Cedela at 203-966-4528, ext. 141, or dcedela@newcanaanymca.org.