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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

YGuides Day at NC State Fair

Is anyone planning to go? I may be taking Red Wolf.


Monday, October 19 is Y Guides & Princesses Day at the NC State Fair!

You get a really cool patch! Bring the whole Tribe!

Go to our home page and check out the Smoke Signals at the top left for how to to order tickets. Look carefully for the secret password. When you arrive at the fair, head to a main entrance gate and turn in your voucher for patches.

Our specially priced tickets are available for any day of the Fair but patches are only available on Monday, October 19.

What can I do at the fair, you say?! Well it is going to be a day of fun and excitement. Check out the day's schedule and make a plan for where you would like to go. There is also a fair map so check out how to find the places you want to explore.

Have a good look at the map because Moose, Brown Bear and Golden Otter are going to the Fair too! If you find them you will win a prize! Golden Otter will be updating our Twitter page throughout the day with hints on our location. You can sign up to receive updates on your mobile phone via texts.

You can also pick up a copy of the daily program and map at the entrances and information booths when you get to the Fair.

Also, there is an official NC State Fair Scavenger Hunt;

If you complete it you can get a ribbon. If you find the Moose, Brown Bear, or Golden Otter and show us your ribbon we will give you a special prize!

And, of course....there will be GIANT FIREBALLS and GOLDEN BRICKS hidden at the fair! Find a giant fireball or golden brick then bring it to Moose, Brown Bear, or Golden Otter to turn it in for your prize.

So, DO NOT MISS THIS GREAT NATION'S EVENT. Your patch is waiting for you at the fair along with fun rides and games, yummy fair food, friends to make and play with, lots and lots of things to see and learn. Kids, bring your BIG BRAVE to the Fair! The whole family is invited.

Reminders and Tips for a successful trip to the Fair:

You can bring a wagon for all of your things. Take note that everything is subject to search and there are certain things that are not allowed at the fair; glass containers, weapons, firewater, and NO PETS. Water bottles and bag lunches/dinners are allowed.

Family Restrooms are located in the Martin and Expo Buildings.

Your whole tribe can even eat together in the Murphy House, the Fair's on site restaurant. To ask about group meal discounts contact Johnny Sledge at the Murphy House at 919.497.2046.

We suggest that you think about bringing the following items:

  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Your Y Guides & Princesses Gear! Leave your vest at home but wear your logo t-shirts, hats, and any fun items that you can that will show your How-How SPIRIT!

Guides, Princesses and Braves as you plan your big day at the fair think about the following...

Some recommended exhibits:

  • The Village of Yesteryear, where nearly 100 crafters make and sell traditional crafts. Crafters are usually demonstrating and are eager to explain what they are doing.
  • GreenNC, an environmental exhibit where students can take a mini scavenger hunt and make "green" pledges to reduce their impact on the earth. Lots of interactive activities can be found here
  • Field of Dreams, a display of various crops grown in the state. Students can also "harvest" some crops and "sell" them at a market in the exhibit. The exhibit features a new Kidz Zone with lots of fun activities, including a simulated cow-milking booth, bean bag toss and scarecrow-making.
  • Livestock barns (Jim Graham Building, Expo Center, Kelley Building), where cattle, sheep, goat and hog shows are held daily except for Monday, Oct. 19. Junior grand champion cattle, sheep, hog and goat winners will be on display in the Expo Center daily throughout the State Fair.
  • Heritage Circle, where a working tobacco barn, working blacksmith shop and wood turner can be seen. For the first time, artisan bread-making demonstrations by Neomonde Baking Company of Raleigh will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday each weekend. The one-room schoolhouse in Heritage Circle also houses the State Fair Museum.
  • The Folk Festival provides a great place to sit, rest and enjoy dance and music. This event started 61 years ago to celebrate North Carolina's rich and diverse musical and dance heritage. Shows start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Education Building. As its name implies, this is a great place to see the handiwork of North Carolinians. Quilts, canned goods, 4-H displays and decorated cakes are among the items on display. Students can also step on the scales at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Standards Division exhibit and get a print-out of their official weight. Teachers' choice on whether to weigh before or after lunch!
  • Arts and Photography (Kerr Scott Building). This area features adult entries and student art from all grade levels on display. Look for your school's art to be on display.
  • Hobbies and Handicrafts Building - Adult and children's entries are on display, including entries in the Lego competition.
  • Grist mill. Stop in to the working mill by the lake and see how corn was ground using the power of water. You can also pick up a free hush puppy sample.

**Most exhibits have people on hand that can answer questions and create an interactive learning experience for children.

Insider tips for unique educational experiences:

  • The Flower and Garden Show holds daily workshops/seminars on various gardening topics. This year, pumpkin carver Tim Trudgeon returns to showcase his unique talent at creating pumpkin carvings with realistic looking faces. Check out the Flower and Garden Show schedule posted at the site.
  • Try to find all the Farm Animal Frenzy animals scattered throughout the fairgrounds. This year, high school art classes will be creating "green/ecofriendly" animals using a 3-foot sawhorse base and recycled materials. Check out the various fruit and vegetable entries, including the largest pumpkin and the largest watermelon, in the Expo Center. There is a photo-op site near these giants. One of the most interesting categories is for unusual shaped vegetables.
  • Check out the "buzz" at the Bee and Honey competition area. Beekeepers are on hand to talk about beekeeping and the critical role bees play in producing our food. The exhibit in the Expo Center features a screened cage with an active beehive.
  • Smokey the Bear and forestry exhibit. By the lake and up the hill from Heritage Circle, be sure to check out the 21-foot-tall Smokey the Bear and learn about trees and how to prevent forest fires.
  • Steam-powered sawmill. Also up from Heritage Circle is a working steam powered sawmill. Volunteers are on hand to explain how the engine works and show how it was used to turn timber into boards.
  • Stroll through the Old Farm Machinery exhibit near the Children's Barnyard and see a collection of vintage tractors and horse-drawn equipment on display.Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and explain how equipment was used.
  • See how tobacco leaves were cured in a traditional flue-cured tobacco barn in Heritage Circle. On Friday, Oct. 16, a tobacco-stringing contest will be held at 2p.m. and then the working barn will be loaded with tobacco. Once the barn is loaded, a fire will be started to begin the curing process. A mock tobacco auction will be held in the Expo Center on Friday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.

  • Check out the Steve Trash green magic show, where gives will get tips on being green. Steve Trash performs daily at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. in the Kiddieland Fun Park, except for Oct. 15, when he will only have a 5 p.m. show.

Where kids can see other kids competing or participating in the Fair:

  • Livestock barns and shows. Many youngsters participate in livestock shows, some barely taller than the animals they are showing. In the Expo Center, students can even milk a cow at the N.C. State University Animal Science Club's Milking Booth for a nominal fee.
  • Folk Festival. This event features kids of all ages competing in dance and singing.
  • Arts and crafts. School work for grades K-12 is on display in the Kerr Scott Building.
  • Poultry tent. There is a variety of birds to see in this tent, but one of the highlights for many people visiting the Fair is holding a baby chick. N.C. State University Animal Science students oversee this popular display.
  • 4-H displays in the Education Building features scenes created by 4-H groups in the state.
  • County Fair Exhibit (Commercial & Education Building), where adult and junior Best of Show winning entries from fairs across the state are displayed.

Other activity ideas:

  • Take a picture of yourself at as many photo-op spots as you can find on the fairgrounds. These are located in the GreenNC exhibit, Field of Dreams exhibit, Expo Center, Flower Show area, inside Dorton Arena and Kiddieland Fun Park.

  • Decide which agricultural heritage activity you found most interesting on the fairgrounds (blacksmith, boat making, craft-making, growing large horticultural crops, cutting flowers, raising and showing livestock, making clothes, etc.), then write a short essay or story, or draw a picture about it. Email them to Brown Bear so we can add the very best ones to the Arapahoe Nation Website.

  • Try to name as many crops, animals, pieces of machinery and crafts as you can in alphabetical order.

  • Visit the State Fair history exhibit in the old school house. Tell the story of when and why the Fair was started. What years DIDN'T the Fair take place and why?

From Running Moose on wampum contributions


Please be thinking about our wampum contribution for the upcoming year. We'll take a vote during our meeting to decide. How How.

Dear Dads,

I would first like to welcome you back to a new year with YMCA Guides and Princesses, and to thank you for being a part of this special program. This year you will have opportunities to get involved in a multitude of exciting events, Nations Outings, and service/philanthropy projects. One of these amazing tribal opportunities is called the WeBuildPeople Campaign.

The WeBuildPeople Campaign is the YMCA's annual scholarship drive that helps families in the community to participate in vital YMCA programs that they could not otherwise afford. For the past three years we have asked each tribe to sponsor a child for summer camp. This initiative is called the "One Tribe, One Child" Wampum Pledge. This year it will cost $150.00 of your wampum to send a deserving child to camp for the summer. Please have a tribal discussion before the Fall Outing at Camp Kanata in regards to donating the tribe's wampum back to the YMCA. The tribe will have an opportunity at the Fall Outing to complete the Wampum Pledge Card, and pick up the WeBuildPeople patches at the same time. The tribe will be billed in February for their Wampum pledge, and the gifted amount will be due by the end of the Y Guides' calendar year in May. Not only is this a great chance to help those in need, but it is an amazing opportunity to teach your child about the power of giving back.

To add a little Y Guides' spirit into the campaign we have brought back the prize lottery again this year. Any tribe that donates their Wampum at the $500.00 level or higher will enter into a prize drawing. We will be giving away several prizes in the drawing, which include a FREE Spring Outing for an entire tribe, FREE Winter Inning Tickets for an entire tribe, 5 prizes that will allow the tribe to reserve any cabin at the Spring Outing, and much more!

On behalf of the YMCA, we want to thank each tribe for participating in the campaign this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Matthew "Running Moose" Strickland at (919) 719-9691. Make it a great year!

Pals Forever, Friends Always,

Matthew "Running Moose" Strickland

Friday, October 2, 2009

How How,

Just a quick list of things you should bring tomorrow to the camp-out.

1. Tent (you are welcome to share if you have a bigger tent)
2. Sleeping Bags
3. Flashlights
4. Bug Repellent
5. Extra Change of Clothes (why do I think a few of the boys will get wet?)
6. Hotdog/Hamburger for dinner. Also bring chips and other snacks your little brave will want.
7. Drinks (Water, soda, juice for morning). Please recycle if possible.
8. Fishing Pole (not sure we'll have time but you are welcome to bring one).
9. Vests and badges. (Why is this number 9 on the list??)
10. Any Wampum earned
11. Scary/Funny Story (don't make it too scary or the boys won't go to sleep or worse - we'll be driving home)
12. Can one other person bring firewood. I'll be bringing some but it always seems we never have enough.
13. A raincoat/poncho (in case it does rain a bit)
14. YMCA Dues ($78/$91) depending on if you are a member or not.


Moose Bucks

If you need more Moose Bucks for your little brave, you can get another sheet at Arapahoe Nation Web Site. You'll see the link about halfway down the page.

Dues are Due!


Coyotes - The Chief has been sleeping in the saddle. Dues are due Oct 2 (today). Please bring me a check this weekend ($73 members or $91 non-members) if you haven't paid. I'll turn in all the money on Monday.

2009-2010 Program Dues

We would like to start off by saying that dues are vital to the livelihood of our program. They allow us pay for all of the patches and program supplies, they pay for the staff, and they allow us to continue to keep the cost down on many of the events like Fall and Spring Outing. We are counting on all you chiefs to help make sure that we get all the dues in for the upcoming season. The 2009-2010 dues will be $91 per pair for non-members of the YMCA, $73 per pair for members of the YMCA. and for each additional child in the program: $27 for Y members and $33 for non-Y members Dues must be paid before Friday, October 2, 2009. You must pay your dues before you can register for the Third Year Date Night, Third Year Pow-Wow, and/or the Camp Rockmont Fall Outing. Dues may be paid by several methods: over the phone with a credit card (Visa, Master Card, & American Express), by mail with a check, or in person (check, cash, or credit)