The purpose of the Y-Indian Guide Program is to foster understanding and companionship between father and son.
Slogan "Pals Forever"
The slogan, "Pals Forever," does not mean that father and son relate to each other as equals, such as two boys who are pals. Rather, it means that father and son have a close, enduring relationship in which there is communication, understanding and companionship. The Y-Indian Guide Program encourages such a relationship by providing a means for father and son to share enjoyable experiences, to observe and learn about one another, and to develop mutual respect.
1. To be clean in body and pure in heart.
2. To be pals forever with my father/son.
3. To love the sacred circle of my family.
4. To listen while others speak.
5. To love my neighbor as myself.
6. To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit's work in forest, field, and stream.
"We, father and son, through friendly service to each other, to our family, to this tribe, to our community, seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit."
The central theme of the headband is the eye of the Great Spirit surrounded by the four winds of heaven. The feathered arrow designs that extend right and left from the central symbol represent the useful services of father and son. On the right side of the headband are the symbols of the mother and the home. A line connects the mother symbol to home, which is symbolized by the fire in the teepee. On the left are symbols of father and son. Their relationship is represented by the line that joins the two symbols. Far to the right are symbols of day and forest. Far to the left are symbols of mountain, lake, field, stream and the moon for night.