Monday, November 15, 2010

Updated Schedule from Chief


  • Durham Ronald McDonald House – Saturday, 8/28 from 8 – 12 (Thanks Todd Godwin)
  • Possible Railhawks or College Football Game (TBD)


  • Camping + 4 mile hike at Hanging Rock – Saturday, 9/25
  • Volunteer labor for mulch (subject to HOA approval)


§ Charity Walk/Run (TBD) – Several opportunities are posted on the website including Crop Walk on Sunday 10/3 at 2 PM or Walk For Hope on Sunday 10/10. Also, Camp Kanata Reach Out 5k Run/Walk on Saturday 9/25 or The Carying Place Walk for Wings on Sunday 9/26

  • Possible GH or PC Football Game or YGP Night at State Fair on Monday 10/18


  • Durham Food Bank - Saturday, 11/13 from 9 – 12 (Thanks Jon Hager)
  • Fall Outing – Saturday, 11/20 from 9 AM – 8 PM (new program this year for 3rd year)


  • Angel Tree (Not sure of dad hosting)
  • Coyote Holiday Party (only official tribe meeting)


  • Raleigh Rescue Mission (Not sure of dad hosting)
  • Possible College Basketball Game (TBD)


  • Brown Bag Ministry (Not sure of dad hosting)
  • Winter Inning – Saturday 2/5 - The Passing Zone presents GRAVITY ATTACKS


  • Spring Cleaning for Seniors (TBD)
  • Possible Hurricane’s Game (TBD)


  • Raft Building
  • Spring Outing (TBD)


  • Troops Memorial Day Thanks (concept that came up at our Dad’s meeting to create a patch for other tribes to send letters/packages)
  • Possible Durham Bulls or Carolina Mudcats Game (TBD)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Outing coming up

How How,

Just a reminder that our Spring Outing is in two weeks! try to complete all your feathers before then. Consult your book for activities and things to do. Don't forget to also assemble and bring a relief kit to Spring Outing. please see previous blog entry for details. I'll send out an update, directions, etc. next week.

- Chief Laughing Horse
- Little Red Wolf

Friday, March 12, 2010

Haiti Relief for Spring Outing

Coyotes - Please read info below and plan on bringing a relief kit. Thanks.

Haiti Relief at Spring Outing

There is a reason why we call ourselves the "Mighty Arapahoe Nation." There is strength in our numbers. As you are aware the entire nation of Haiti was affected by the earthquake that occurred on January 12, 2010. As with most human disasters on this level, there is an initial overwhelming response from the global community; however, there is a natural tendency to move on with our lives. In Haiti, the pain, suffering, and need continues. This is where the Mighty Arapahoe Nation can step in to help make a difference.

The Third Year tribe Raging Ravens is spearheading an effort with the Arapahoe Nation to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. They are asking every father/child pair to make a Personal Hygiene Kit and bring it to the Spring Outing where we will collect the kits. Dads and kids will need to purchase a 1 gallon zippered plastic bag. Inside the bag please include the following items:

  • 1 Hand Towel
    1 Washcloth
    1 Bar of Soap (3 oz and up)
    1 Toothbrush (single brush only in original wrapper, not child-sized)
    1 Tube of Toothpaste
    1 Large Comb
    1 Nail File or Nail Clipper
    6 Band-aids
    1 One Dollar Bill (in an envelope to defray various project costs)

Please help the Raging Ravens and the Mighty Arapahoe Nation support the citizens of Haiti. Each pair that brings a Personal Hygiene Kit to the Spring Outing will receive special patches for their efforts. You only need one kit per pair to receive the patches, but you are welcome and encouraged to make more than one kit.

The Raging Ravens are also looking for additional support for this project. They need help procuring suitable cardboard boxes for packing the kits, large collection bins for the Spring Outing, a rental truck to transport the kits from Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer to the drop off location after the final Spring Outing weekend, and other needs. If you can help with these additional efforts, please contact John Jenkins at or (919) 906-8508. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Aim 5: To Love My Neighbor as Myself

Friday, January 8, 2010

Notes from the Spring Chiefs Meeting

How How,

Here are some notes of interest from the Chief's meeting. First one is most critical

Spring Outing

- Registration starts 7AM Jan 19th and ends Mar 12.
- Registration cost is $119 per dad/son. Cash, Check (payable to YMCA), and Credit Card are accepted.
- There are only 100 swaps allowed for each weekend. All money MUST come with registration form to secure another weekend. Translation - if we want April 23 or May 14, we need to have ALL the money and registration in the office on Jan 19.
- I will be out of town this week so I need another dad to collect the money and take it into the office. I need a volunteer.
- Cabin assignments are made week of camp. We can get our cabin assignments at that fishing store in Kinston.

Other potential activities and items of interest - We can bring model rockets to kite day. Moose used the "don't ask, don't wanna know" policy here.
- There is a park clean up day on Feb 27th (Bond Park - I think) where we can earn our green bear claw. Not sure if we want to add that to our calendar.
- DQ is offering a backstage tour of their facility and each kid (and dad) gets to make their own Sunday. May be a good add later in the spring. email (for my future reference) is
- Y-Guides circus night is Feb 26 and 27. $13.00

We can discuss more during our next meeting but I do need a volunteer to collect payment and register for our spring outing on Tuesday Jan 19.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Countdown to Fall Outing

How How,

Fall Outing is upon us. A couple of loose ends to tie up before we head out on Sunday.

Rushing Ram volunteered to get food (smithfields or similar) so we don't have to worry about cooking and keep it simple. Please plan to bring some cash so we can all reimburse him on Sunday. I would guess anywhere between $5 and $10 per person. Does anyone have any suggestions for the group? Chick-Filet, Quiznos, wings, and a road-kill special (:)) are other options.

Is Frisbee Football a good sport that everyone can play? Not sure if we would have the room so we may need a backup. I welcome suggestions.

If you haven't yet paid your dues, they will be accepting checks at the fall outing.

Any other questions or issues? Please reply to all so we can address them before the weekend hits.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Outing Details

How How,

Got some information from Moose on the upcoming fall outing (Sunday Nov 8). See below for details. Let's plan on carpooling at the swimming pool parking lot at 12:30PM. I am thinking it'll take about an hour to drive up there and set up. Here is tentative afternoon agenda. If anyone has suggestions, please let the group know.

1:00 - 1:30 - Setup Tents/Chairs/Grill / Check in at Mess Hall for patches
1:30 - 2:30 - Big Brave/Little Brave Kickball/soccer/Frisbee Football game. (Dress appropriately)
2:30- 3:15 - Eat / Cleanup / Stories (Everyone bring what they want to cook/eat/drink)
3:15 - 4:00 Coyote Meeting (Rushing Ram and Red Thunder are hosting)
4:00 - 4:30 Open Play (Chiefs Meeting)
4:30 - 5:00 Break Camp - Prepare for Torch Ceremony

When you arrive:

You will follow the direction of the parking attendants. Parking is in the upper pasture; check out this link for a map of Camp Kanata. Bring a wagon or wheel barrel to carry your gear (grill, coolers, toys, sports equipment, tom-tom and other meeting supplies) into Camp where you can find a place to "camp out" for the day. NO COOKOUTS IN THE PARKING LOT (HORSE PASTURE) PLEASE!

What to bring:

  • Cookout supplies (i.e. grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, food, coolers, drinks, plates, cups, napkins, utensils, trash bags, bucket of chicken, etc.)
  • Wagon or wheel barrow to carry your stuff to and from the parking lot
  • Camp chairs
  • Outdoor games (i.e. corn hole, ladder golf, horse shoes, etc.)
  • Sports equipment for field games (i.e. soccer ball, football, baseball mitts, kickball, Frisbee, hula hoops, kites, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit (the Camp Nurse will be at the Mess Hall if you need further assistance with medical concerns)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for all types of weather. It will get cool at night. Bring a sweatshirt or buy a Y Guides & Princesses Sweatshirt on the Deck at the Mess Hall!
  • Money for Y Guides & Princesses Gear and CASH for snacks on the Deck.
  • Meeting Supplies (i.e. tribal tom-tom, wampum bag, beads, bear claws, and other Talley keeper's supplies, etc.)
  • Vests
  • Other items to consider:
  • Tailgating tent
  • Portable fire pit and firewood

Outing Schedule and Program:


  • Pick up Fall Outing Patches
  • Make your 2009 "WeBuildPeople" Wampum Gift
  • We have "WeBuildPeople" patches
  • Check out our SMOKIN' HOT Arapahoe Nation Gear (look out for something totally new!)
  • Pick up a Kanata Trail Map

  • 1:00-5:00 Check-in/Program time with tribe
  • 4:00 Chief's Meeting at the Mess Hall
  • 5:15 All 2nd Years w/ torches meet at Mess Hall
  • 5:30 Gather at the upper field next to the pasture
  • 5:45 Processional to the lake/Ceremony
  • 7:00 Head to the home tee-pee

What can we do while at Camp Kanata?

Your tribe can cookout, play games, or go on a hike to get your yellow feather. Have fun being outdoors and exploring camp!

Your tribe should also plan to have a meeting while at Camp.

Arts n' Crafts and canoes (weather/water dependent) will be available until 4:00 p.m.

What if we are a 2nd Year Guide or Princess Tribe?

Each pair in the tribe should bring a torch. Check out torch building instructions. Report to the Mess Hall by 5:15PM with your torch and a single role of toilet paper. We will provide the kerosene and lighters.

During the Ceremony you will stand around the seating area at the Campfire.

Upon completion of the Campfire please empty your torch either into the campfire or there will be a container near the event where you can empty the contents of your torch. This will also be the appropriate receptacle for your hot ashes and used charcoal. DO NOT dump the contents of your torch, fire pit or grill on the ground, in the woods, in the landscaping, or into any trashcan or dumpster. Please help us prevent unnecessary dangers and damage to Camp.

Please DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TORCHES AT CAMP! You will need your torch for other activities throughout the year.

Get into the Y Guides & Princesses Spirit!

  • Wear your Y Guides & Princesses Gear and/or buy some stuff from the Y Guides Store on the deck at the Mess Hall
  • Wear your vest to the Ceremonial Campfire
  • Meet Moose, Brown Bear and Gold Otter on the Deck for pictures, autographs, hugs, and high fives
  • Make a pledge to WeBuildPeople on the deck. Help make the YMCA and Y Guides & Princesses available to all people!
  • Practice your Pledge, Aims and Slogan. We will say them together at the Campfire.
  • If you take a really great picture at the Fall Outing please share it will us. Email it to Brown Bear at
  • Consider bringing some items to donate the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Here is a list of the most needed items. Please, no glass. We will collect items on the deck. We, as the Arapahoe Nation, have the ability to make a big difference in our community. Let's collect as many items as possible and show them that we can do!
  • And the we are holding the FIRST ANNUAL Y GUIDES & PRINCESSES DRAWING COMPETITION! All Guides & Princesses can enter a drawing into the competition. It can be anything Y Guides related. Just use your imagination to create the best drawing about Y Guides & Princesses. Write your name, Indian name, tribe name, and year, on the drawing and we will be collecting them on the deck. Really cool prizes will be awarded for winners of the competition. The winners will be announced on the website after Fall Outings. There will be a category for Big Braves too!

Remember the two rules;

1. You are your child's ticket and your child is your ticket. Stick together!

2. No firewater.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yates Mill Event this Sunday

How How,

A reminder that our Yates Mill event is this Sunday. I was checking the Yates Mill Calender and they have a Mill tour at 2PM. There is a cost though.

When: Sun, October 25, 2pm – 3pm

Description: Explore Yates Mill’s business and social history. View a presentation on the mill’s owners and operations in the Finley Center auditorium, then head to the mill for a guided tour. Explore the first floor of the fully restored mill and see how power is transferred from the mill’s waterwheel to its grist-milling machinery. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Fee: $5 for adults, $3 for children age 16 & under, $3 for seniors age 60 & over, babes age 6 & under are FREE.* Max limit: 15 participants per tour.

After the tour, we can walk the .44 mile tree trail. Here is the brochure. This will enhance the tree recognition tour we did at our recent overnight (thanks to Thunder Eagle and Daring Eagle). One idea is to have your little brave bring a bag to collect the different leaves and paste them in a book with his notes.

Probably would need to leave around 1:30 to get there with a bit of time to spare.

Please respond to all so I can get a headcount and reserve space for the 2PM tour. We can carpool from the swimming pool parking lot. Plan to leave at 1:30. See you Sunday.