Blackfeet and the Fox Nation Brave the Elements at MONSTER JAM

The Fox Nation comes together to cook food and stay warm

The Fox Nation comes together to cook food and stay warm

The Fox Nation gathered yesterday afternoon for some tail-gating prior to this year’s Monster Jam at the Citrus Bowl. Despite temperatures more suited for the Northeast than Central Florida, many families braved the elements to enjoy a fun-filled evening. The Mighty Blackfeet provided a strong showing in terms of number of families, and Oneida and Mohawk worked together to grill food for the 20-30 families that tolerated a chilly, windy night.

The Mighty Blackfeet do what they can to stay warm on a chilly evening

The Mighty Blackfeet do what they can to stay warm on a chilly evening

It was all worth it as the Monster Jam production delivered once again. The Fox Nation bared witness to Grave Digger winning the speed competition and Avenger taking the Donut competition before Crusader pull-off an unbelievable back-flip during the Freestyle round. The Monster Jam drivers saved the best for last though for the remaining frozen crowd as Max-D went all out with a high-flying, roll-over front-flip recovering, car destroying, victorious Freestyle finale before Grave Digger dug his own grave to end it.

A return to familiar seats for Monster Jam

A return to familiar seats for Monster Jam

It was another great event for the Fox Nation, while the Mighty Blackfeet made more memories for dads and daughters to cherish for a life-time.


Blackfeet Host (and Survive) the Roper Campout

The Mighty Blackfeet hosted the Fox Nation campout this past weekend at Roper Island. After many weeks of planning and preparation, the tribe gathered at our regular spot, the Copperhead camp site. We were 15 dads and 16 princesses strong, including 3 boys and 3 dad/daughter alumni, making Roper our largest outing of the season. Many Blackfeet arrived by lunch time and were prepared to stay through Monday.

Getting creative around the campfire: Blackfeet alum Marina shows the younger princesses how it's done.

Getting creative around the campfire: Blackfeet alum Marina shows the younger princesses how it’s done.

Saturday morning began with the Blackfeet dads rallying together to make award-winning Hot Chocolate French Toast topped with whipped cream and chocolate shaving complemented with bacon and honey-glazed spiral ham as well as a cup of hot chocolate to wash it all down. The princess judges were thoroughly impressed.

The Princesses listen intently at the various tribes explain the breakfast entries.

The Princesses listen intently at the various tribes explain the breakfast entries.

Following a good breakfast and a highly-contested Scavenger Hunt, the tribes came together for War Games. The campout brought a lot of fun games from all tribes and definitely demonstrated the girls competitive side. The girls really enjoyed the Oreo game, but voted the Seminole’s rope obstacle their favorite.

Having fun with Oreos thanks to the Timacua tribe.

Having fun with Oreos thanks to the Timacua tribe.

After War Games, a quick lunch, and focusing on Achievements, The Mighty Blackfeet earned a sportsmanship award by organizing a multi-tribal game of Capture The Flag. The game lasted nearly 2 hours and definitely tired the princesses out. While the winners impressed with their speed and savvy, more impressive were the older girls that took time and care to help the younger girls pick burrs from their clothes and hair.

Despite being tired, the Blackfeet girls didn’t rest. The campsite needed to be cleaned up for inspection, and the girls did so well, they were awarded 1st Place for Best Campsite. Then they immediately began preparations for dinner in their quest for a Golden Spatula award.

Meal preparation underway for Award-winning Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Meal preparation underway for Award-winning Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Blackfeet girls working hard preparing dinner.

Blackfeet girls working hard preparing dinner.

With Bacon Cheeseburgers, Home Fries, and Ice Cream with warm pineapple and mango on the menu, much work was needed, but the girls rallied together admirably to form teams, separate tasks, and work harmoniously in order to prepare plates for the judges. The girls were impressive demonstrating their preparation, seasoning, grilling, and cooking skills. Their cutlery skills, well, we’ll continue to work on that at future campouts. With the judging out of the way (and another award in the bag), the girls fed all of the dads, then themselves.

With everyone well fed and anxious to hear the results of the days’ competitions, we headed off to Tonka! The Mighty Blackfeet put together and impressive fire that had more than a few people moving their chairs back away from the heat.

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Tonka

The Blackfeet were honored with 5 awards total and celebrated with boisterous cheers and more games back at camp while many others scampered in fear of the pending storm. Despite threats of heavy rains and 25mph winds, the Mighty Blackfeet retained all of our attendees for the night and braved Mother Nature in the forest. We endured thunder, lightning, downpours, and even falling branches. With the sun rising Sunday morning, all tribe members were happy to have survived the night without issues, appreciative of our victories, and most importantly, thankful to Mr. Roper for such generous hospitality. Noonway!

Roper pine forest and the calm before the storm.

Roper pine forest and the calm before the storm.


Planning and Preparation Efforts for Roper Bring The Mighty Blackfeet Together Around the Holidays!

While we took a break from camping for nearly two months, The Mighty Blackfeet still took time to gather to plan and prepare for our next nation campout at Roper Island January 15-17th. As the host tribe for January’s princess retreat, we wanted to ensure all dads and daughters would have a great time and make lasting memories. We first celebrated the holidays with food and drink, then launched right into the making of the awards. Thanks to several donations, the princesses were able to construct all 16 awards using materials on hand and with little guidance. We’re certain the awards handed out at Roper will be proudly displayed by those tribes fortunate enough to earn them!

20151212_195653After awards were completed, the dads got down to business planning the trip as there was much to be discussed while the daughters busied themselves with games or homework. A Tonka committee was formed, variations for the Golden Whisk and Golden Spatula awards were discussed, menus were planned, and leaders of the various activities were assigned so that the workload was evenly spread. We were also fortunate to be joined by a Blackfeet Alum and former Chief, Victor Castellanos, who provided great counsel for us to maintain Tribe of the Year status. All-in-all, the planning and preparation went well, many smiles and laughs were shared, and we’re looking forward to another epic weekend at Roper Island. Noonway!

A few of the Blackfeet dads discuss Tonka and other important business. Not pictured but participation in preparation: AC Dave Debow, Angel Torres, Bob Reilly, and Greg Maaswinkel.

A few of the Blackfeet dads discuss Tonka and other important business. Not pictured but participation in preparation: AC Dave Debow, Angel Torres, Bob Reilly, and Greg Maaswinkel.


Tribe of the Year Gives Back

The Tribe of the Year, The Mighty Blackfeet, took some time out of the holiday season to join a few other program members at Matthew’s Hope on December 12th. Matthew’s Hope is a fantastic local organization helping others in reclaiming and stabilizing their lives. Our tribe came together and provided a helping help cleaning up the transitional housing units. The clean up included power washing, leaf blowing, weeding, raking, and general clean-up.

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After the clean up, we joined our other Fox nation members back at Matthew’s Hope to hear more about the program from Founder and Chairman Scott Billue. Scott’s talk left us all humbled, but proud that we were able to give back a little to those who need it the most. We’re honored to have participated in such a great program and are resolved to return to help some more!

Fox Nation Members with Matthew's Hope Founder and Chairman Scott Billue

Fox Nation Members with Matthew’s Hope Founder and Chairman Scott Billue


Winter Garden Parade A Huge Success!

The Mighty Blackfeet joined the other Guide and Princess tribes as part of our joint entry in the Winter Garden parade., making the event a huge success! While the event planning began immediately following last year’s parade, the tribe got together early Friday evening to begin construction of our float.

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Over half the tribe of dads and daughters worked late into the night decorating our trailer with donated Christmas garland and lights. When the rest of the tribe assembled late Saturday morning for the parade, there was limited work left to be done. There were even a few left over decorations and props that we were able to lend to another tribe, demonstrating for all parade participants the good neighbor spirit that is accentuated through our program. Once the parade began, all the smiles came out, many hands were shook, hundreds of pleasantries were exchanged with the spectators, and of course, candy was flying everywhere.

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For the judges, we performed our “We are the Blackfeet” chant at the top of our lungs, which the emcee repeated word-for-word over the PA system with many spectators joining in. For one fabulous moment, the whole crowd were honorary Blackfeet members! We even had a small bit of candy left over to share with the young children at the end of the route. All-in-all, it was a great event and one the Blackfeet were proud to be a part of alongside our other brothers and sisters of the Fox Nation! We’re already looking forward to next year!

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Happy Holidays to Everyone!


Operation Christmas Child in Full Effect – The Blackfeet Way

The collection and packing of the Operation Christmas Child boxes completed last week with a Friday evening pack-the-truck event. In typical Blackfeet fashion, we met prior to the packing party to finish preparations and collect the final boxes from our tribe. Over a dozen boxes were collected in all and 5 tribe members arrived to help. With many volunteers, the packing event went quickly and smoothly, and the care packages are now in route to those in need. The Blackfeet appreciated the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile cause and kick-start our holiday spirits! Noonway!

 

 

 

 

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Blackfeet Tribe Members: Andrew, Jim with daughter Avery, and Bob. Not pictured: Chris and Dave.


Camp Challenge Provides an Excellent Weekend for the Mighty Blackfeet!

The Mighty Blackfeet came together along with the other tribes of the Fox Nation to enjoy an outstanding weekend at Camp Challenge. We were treated to many wonderful experiences that will leave lasting memories for both the dads and daughters.

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Friday night provided a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the vast fields and numerous activities including the soccer fields and playground. Blackfeet daughters helped their dads set up the tents and campsite to earn one of their achievements, and Blackfeet dads took a moment to honor and celebrate all of the military veterans that serve or have served our great country. We were especially humbled as news of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris began to break, proving yet another reason to appreciate our veterans.

On Saturday, we were treated to a tasty breakfast of Seasonal Cranberry French Toast while tackling an all-too-specific scavenger hunt. We participated in a great collection of War Games, including our own Bean-Boozled challenge that elicited many photogenic moments. We filled our afternoon will many inter-tribal games and quality time with our daughters before venturing over to the petting zoo.

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Before Tonka, we covered our other achievement and filled our bellies with award-worthy paella. After Tonka, we played a modified version of Bean-Boozled and enjoyed our own dance party around the fire. Some tribe members even participated in a late-night version of extended-distance egg toss, much to the detriment of Sunday breakfast.

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As usual, we had a most enjoyable time at Camp Challenge and we’re thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the Easter Seal cause. We can’t wait to see what the next camp-out brings!


Tribe of the Year Start Off 2015-16 Season Right!

The Tribe of the Year for 2014-15 started the new camping season on the right foot. Our Blackfeet princesses treated the dads to steak and eggs for breakfast then showed their competitive side with a great effort at the Scavenger Hunt and War Games. During the downtime at Princess Place Preserve, many dads and daughters went hiking and fishing together to enjoy the site. Activities were followed by Achievements, with our graduated princesses helping the younger girls.

While we were practicing our Aims and Tribal Prayer before dinner, the Campsite judges arrived and were so impressed with our cleanliness, organization, and hospitality, they deemed Blackfeet victors of the Campsite award.

Our daughters then helped prepared a tremendous meal of spaghetti and meatballs that was deserving of 2nd place before we marched off to Tonka. After enjoying the ceremony and demonstrating out tribal spirit, we relaxed around the fire singing songs and playing games, such as “Ah-So-Key”.

All in all it was a great experience and we’re excited to see what Camp Challenge has in store for us. Noonway!


CREEK TRIBE ENJOYED PRINCESS PLACE PRESERVE

With the sun low on the horizon, and a cool breeze in the air, the Creek Tribe descended upon the Princess Place Preserve on Friday evening. After setup and a meal they settled in for rest knowing that leisure would fill the afternoon but only after hunting treasure, fighting war, and participating in competitions.

Day broke on Saturday and The Creek Tribe was 13 princesses and 11 Chiefs Strong, one of which was Flying Dragon (Sal Rivera) first year Chief and dad of Soaring Star (Olivia) and Kicking Waterlily (Lily). Flying Dragon was busy preparing for our first competition of the day the Golden Whisk. He was confident that he had a win with breakfast burritos and scratch made churros with chocolate sauce and fresh whipped cream bought to us by our first guest of the year Mike Aaron (father of Isabella). Running late with the preparation of the Creek Sunrise, and with Chiefs consuming churros as quickly as Flying Dragon could produce them, Chief Running Bull (Charlie JeBailey) enlisted the JeBailey tribe-within-the-tribe to cheer on the newly emerging superstar. GO SAL! GO! We’ve got only 10 minutes!…5!…2!… Nonetheless the unshaken Flying Dragon soared across the finish line delivering the Creeks first Golden Whisk of the 2015 Season. Nicely done Flying Dragon!

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On to the treasure hunt! Chiefs and princesses converged on the field first learning our individual pace count. After four passes on the 100 yard track the princesses had it. “What is your pace count girls?” “180!” “87!” “145!” “60!” We were on our way. After applying the skills delivered by the Seminole Tribe our girls can now utilize the compass, and True North, to stay on track and find their way through anything.

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With all treasures found the war games were upon us. Our Princesses and Chiefs put forth a valiant effort and, with camera in hand, Chief TarGator (Gordon Davis) was able to avoid sweat on the brow until the last war game where, their very own eternal partners in tribe, Oneida delivered the all too familiar, and torturous, human bridge. With many great games devised and delivered Onieda was awarded second place for best war game. But they were no match for our own Screaming Eagle (Jim Ni) to whom the credit is due for our second tribal win for devising pumpkin lawn bowling complete with, princess delivered, pies in the face of the Chiefs whose princesses reach the bulls-eye. Well done Screaming Eagle!

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With war behind us it was time to relax. Some hit the beach others choose to invade Fort Matanzas a U.S. Monument that solidified its place in Florida History by protecting the back door of St. Augustine from intruders and allowing the necessary access for the defending troops. The tribe should know that is spot not only shares a place with the ancestry of Florida but also with the ancestry of The Creek’s own Tribe Chief Fire Wolf (Jonathan Acosta) as this is a place where his ancestor and French nobleman, admiral, and leader of the French Hugenots Gaspard II de Coligny favored. Admiral Coligny was a pivotal link in convincing France’s Queen Mother Catherine de Medici to finance a colonization expedition that would lead to French settlements to this very region. This settlement would yield the construction of Fort Caroline, which was Fort Matanzas’s predecessor to the north. See Admiral the similarities below.

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As the tribe reassembled it was time to complete our tribe achievements in knife and fire safety and to set up for our next run at competitive excellence for the campsite award. While it was a last minute setup it was an exceptional camp complete with all of the necessities, and a custom teepee and a Halloween skeleton. Nonetheless, in the end, it could not be a Creek windfall so the dominant creek tribe was awarded designated as runner up to the defending tribe of the year, Blackfeet Tribe, for the campsite award. Thank you Creek Tribe Chief Fire Wolf for your valiant effort and for producing an honorable campsite!

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In closing The Creek Tribe would like to welcome all new Chiefs and Princesses in attendance Chief Sleeping Wolf and Princess Wave Rider (John Annicchiarico and Lauren), Chief TarGator and Princess Sunshine (Gordon Davis and Kate), Chief Flying Dragon and Princess Soaring Star and Princess Kicking Waterlily (Sal Rivera and Olivia and Lily). We’d also like to thank our guest Mike Aaron and his daughter Isabella for joining us. And again an extra special thanks to Chief Flying Dragon (Sal Rivera) and Chief Screaming Eagle (Jim Ni) for their Tribe wins this camp out! While all good things must come to an end, this first of five camp outs will serve as a great “FIRING IT UP!” of the Creek Tribes journey to the 2015 -16 seasons Tribe of The Year. Until next camp. NOONWAY!!!

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The Mighty Apache Pre Campout Party

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The Apache guides and braves met at Chief Running Bull’s to set the course for an EPIC YWilderness season. Chief Running Bull took the boys out tubbing on beautiful Lake Roper, while the braves cleaned out the tribal trailer and watched football. We are all looking forward to a great campout at Princess Place and getting back in touch with all of our fellow bothers. ONC TRIDC~~~~ Steps on Frogs


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