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!
Blackfeet Tribe Members: Andrew, Jim with daughter Avery, and Bob. Not pictured: Chris and Dave.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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
Heck of a year for The Mighty Blackfeet tribe! I want to thank each & every tribe member for busting your dreamcatchers and Tonka sticks to bring home another “Tribe of the Year victory” , The true Blackfeet Way! This was the 4th, tribe of the year award in a row for The Mighty Blackfeet Tribe, NOONWAY!!!!! 4 PEAT. We had a blast at every tribal event/meeting, Nation event and at every single Camp-out. I am working on the Wikipedia page now for the “Blackfeet Way” and think the first paragraph will be “ Making the most out of the YWilderness program & enjoying the epic bond that grows each day with your daughter”.
The Excitement on our girls faces following the graduation ceremony was priceless and the restlessness leading up to the ceremony of all the worn out braves was a powerful testament to the pride we all have in being a Blackfoot, Noonway! It has been an honor to of been the chief of such an awesome group of guys and their girls this year! Thank you to Nation Chief Hungry Bear & Chief Dances with Fish for the opportunity to be in this program and continue with the Blackfeet traditions. I know Chief Charging Buck will make next year one we will cherish for years to come. One for the thumb
Noonway, Chief Steps on Frogs “4PEAT”
3 generations of Chiefs and the 2 cook team leaders met to plan for our next camp-out at the Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla. Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Red Eye grill with our princesses and are now prepared for the great adventure that awaits us. Looking forward to spending some quality time with our princesses and fellow braves. Noonway! Chief Steps on Frogs
Blackfeet members met at the local watering hole to plan for the Family campout, that is going to be at Westgate’s River Ranch this year. Shopping afterwards was intense, Sam’s was going to close in 20 min, The Mighty Blackfeet are going to be 54 family members strong for this weekend of fun and they are going to want to EAT . The braves shopping, treated this as if it was a war game and finished as the lights were being turned off. Looking forward to an epic weekend showing the Squaws what The Blackfeet “Way” is all about. Noonway! Chief Steps on Frogs
The Mighty Blackfeet showed up in numbers to watch Disney’s McFarland USA. A true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community in California. We all stuffed our faces with popcorn & soda at Ocoee’s West Orange 5 theater, who treated us very well. On the edge of our seats, we cheered and wiped a tear or two. This inspirational movie is one the whole family enjoyed, thanks once again to the Nation for putting this event together. Noonway! Chief Steps on Frogs
The Unconquered Seminole Tribe had a fantastic time at the F. Burton Smith Valentine’s Weekend Campout! Our Tribe had great attendance, and we won FOUR awards!: (1) Golden Whisk – 1st Place; (2) Best War Game (which our Princesses came up with) – 1st Place; (3) Campsite – 2nd Place; (4) War Games (points) – 2nd Place! The Seminoles hosted this campout together with the Iroquois — many thanks to that great Tribe! Our Tribe enjoyed a quick stop at Lone Cabbage on Friday night, where our Princesses and Braves got to stomp on a Gator – which is always fun for a Seminole! The Princesses loved the Valentine’s Dance — and many thanks to the organizers for planning such a fun event.
The freezing cold night made the beautiful day Saturday even more enjoyable. The girls got to go fishing – some for the first time, and some even caught some fish!
All in all a great weekend and perfect way for the Braves to escape any Valentine’s Day obligations with their squaws!