2017 Boys Spring Longhouse
This year’s longhouse was at Camp Blanding. We had a total of 85 campers who enjoyed comfortable nighttime conditions and warm enough weather to enjoy the lake. There were several events planned and a Nationwide BBQ Saturday night with each tribe bringing a side to be judged by Chief Crockwater. The weekend was highlighted by two father-son’s who celebrated their Native Sons journey by “breaking arrow”.
THE WEEKEND STARTED OFF WITH MOVIE NIGHT AND CAMPERS SETTLING IN
The move was GI Joe: Retaliation…just enough action to get everyone ready for the weekend.
Critters were hard to come by and only a few could locate an insect in time for the races.
1st place – Screaming Eagle (Anthony) – Ottawa
2nd place – Screaming Eagle (Josh)– Also of Ottawa
3rd place – Rolling Thunder & Screaming Owl – Ottawa
As usual this one got messy. In a classic dual for 2nd and 3rd place the finishers managed to throw, roll and bounce their egg farther than 1st place!
1st place – Screaming Eagle (Anthony) and Bald Eagle– Ottawa
2nd place – Spirit Bear and Golden Bear – Pathfinders
3rd place – Rental Mule and Clever Dragon – Coyotero
WATER BALLOON FIGHT
GEOCACHE – SCAVENGER HUNT
The afternoon was highlighted by a Geocache scavenger hunt. Boys were given clues to find six hidden geocaches. Each geochache had a hidden riddle once solved provided clues to the final puzzle. Fathers and sons worked together and the winning tribe finished in 1 hour and 13 minutes. It was very close with the top 3 all within minutes of each other…..in a close 4th place was the Pathfinders who eventually solved the puzzle as well.
1st place – Shawnee Tribe
2nd place – Kiowa Tribe
3rd place – Ottawa Tribe+
Geocache Scavenger Hunt – Final Puzzle Answer
The Six Aims
1. To be clean in body and pure in heart. (White)
2. To always be friends with my parent. (Black)
3. To love the sacred circle of my family. (Red)
4. To be attentive while others speak. (Yellow)
5. To love my neighbor as myself. (Blue)
6. To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit’s work in forest, field, and stream. (Green)
Special patches are available for each brave who recites the Six Aims to any Nation Chief at an event.