Tribes of the New Canaan YMCA Y Guide and Princess program are hosting spring service projects and are encouraging members of the community to join them.

The Onondaga Tribe will be collecting clothes to donate to Washington Elementary School in Manchester. Collection bins will be at the YMCA through May 17. Bins will be available for used sports equipment as well as clothing. The greatest need is for spring and summer clothing, however, all clothing donations are appreciated.

Additionally, Y Guide and Princess tribes, led by the Kwakiuti tribe, will host a a car wash from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Proceeds will go toward a new telescope at the program's spring outing facility, the Frost Valley YMCA.

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

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

For information, contact Davie Cedela at 203-966-4528, ext. 141 or