Blessed with beautiful 75 degree, sunny weather, the Princesses and Fathers of the Algonquin Nation (120 strong) descended onto Camp Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin and enjoyed a number of fun activities, including rock wall climbing, high ropes course, canoeing, archery and horseback riding. They also competed in the second annual Amazing Race competition (won again by the Huron tribe). The day’s activities were followed by a lasagna and bratwurst dinner, tribal skits following dinner and an amazing, colorful Council Fire where over 20 new Princesses were welcomed into the Algonquin Nation. The festivities lasted into the evening where, thanks to a Yuma Father who brought a high powered telescope, Jupiter, its moons and other constellations were able to be seen by all who were interested. Overall, the campout was a great success from beginning to end.
Iroquois Fall Campout 2022
The Mighty Iroquois of the Park Ridge Wilderness Princesses were FINALLY able to make it back to their beloved Camp Tecumseh for a fantastic Fall Campout in September. Two years ago, due to that whole pandemic thing, we had to completely miss this campout, and then last year we needed to substitute with a local event…so, this marked quite the euphoric return!
The Crow and Nez Perce were able to make a spooky Friday night hike out to the Ghost Cabin; fortunately no souls were lost to the spirits of campouts past.
The camp’s activities were as enjoyable as ever, including archery, obstacle courses, horseback riding, riflery, candle-making, and more.
We all competed in our inter-tribal competitions, including the games, plate hunting, trivia, and the building of a nature sculpture.
As is our custom, our Nation Officers lead us through the evening’s ceremony during which the new chiefs this year lit up the night by starting the Council Fire and then shared their Words of Wisdom that left us all a bit smarter than when we started.
And, as a new tradition, the Sunday morning announcements concluded with the awarding of the belt – the bejeweled prize for raking in the most honor points during the campout. The Crow were wearing it proudly while coming into this campout the, but the Seminole were the ones smiling when they walked away with the big “W”.
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped pull-off this great event; here’s to many more!!
Winnebago Fall Campout
The Winnebago Nation made it to their Fall campout this past weekend at Camp Nageela in Ingelside Illinois, and it did not disappoint.
The Apache, Illini, Blackfoot, Chippewa, Cherokee and Sauk tribes brought over 150 members to the campsite and enjoyed every minute of it. Football games, deer sightings, nature walks…
…swinging from the trees, exploring the Sacks Family Accessible tree house…we did it all!
The Sauk won the Nation Plate Hunt, the Chippewa won Nation trivia, and Apache and Illini both had members win our Patch Competition.
Dinner was great, but once the sun went down, the Dads’ BBQ was even better.
As with every Fall campout, we welcomed many new members to the Nation at our Induction Ceremony and look forward to adding many more in the Winter when we go to Camp Duncan on the first weekend of February.
Algonquin Fall Campout
The weekend of October 23rd was an eventful one for the Algonquin Nation of the Park Ridge Wilderness Princesses, as it was the first overnight campout for the Nation in over a year and a half due to COVID-19. Over 120 strong, the five tribes of the Algonquin Nation (Apache, Cherokee, Huron, Ojibwa and Yuma) had their Fall campout at Camp Nageela/Henry Horner in Ingleside, Illinois.
Over the weekend, they participated in the first-ever Amazing Race competition (the Huron/Ojibwa tribes who teamed up won the event) and bingo competition where virtually all of the princesses won prizes.
The traditional Nation Council Fire welcomed the many new (or first-time camper) princesses to the Nation and was a blast for all in attendance.
“When is the next campout?”, you might ask. Continuing the father-daughter tradition in the PRWSP of overnight campouts, the Algonquin Nation looks forward to their scheduled Winter Campout at Camp Duncan (also in Ingleside) the last weekend in February 2022.
Iroquois Spring Campout 2021
Finally!! It has been too long since the Tribes of the Iroquois Nation of the Park Ridge Wilderness Princesses have been able to enjoy the thrice-yearly experience that has been our tradition for decades, but — at long last — we were able to host an honest-to-goodness Spring Campout to close out our 2020-2021 season.
This event took place at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL, which is normally our Winter Campout location, but given that our usual Spring camp was not available due to the ongoing pandemic, we decided to give Duncan a try in the warmer May weather. One of the benefits of this, we discovered, was the ability to enjoy their impressive climbing wall, archery range, boating activities, and the camp’s brand new playground.
Also, the camp gave us the green light to pop up some tents for those hardy enough to brave it, allowing for some additional social distancing. This gave the weekend a different feel than the usual cabin-based experience. And happily, Mother Nature was kind enough to cooperate, giving us lovely warm days and cool and comfortable Friday and Saturday nights.
As is our custom, we enjoyed some spirited games, this time hosted by the Comanche Tribe. These friendly competitions included:
- a good ol’ balloon toss
- a slingshot-tennis ball-bucket launch and catch competition that has become a standard in recent years
- a downhill bocce ball toss into hula hoops
- a relay race while balancing a tennis ball
(BTW, that’s our outgoing Nation Chief Kevin and his daughter Kate who are graduating after many years with the Iroquois – we’re going to miss you guys tons!!)
The five Tribes also competed in our other traditions: the Plate Hunt, Dad’s and Daughter’s Trivia, and the Sculpture Judging.
On Saturday evening, as we gathered for the Fire Council ceremony to recognize our new Elders, Super-Elders, and Graduates, we enjoyed a roaring fire prepared by the Navajo.
At the ceremony, we also welcomed a new set of Tribal chiefs who have promised to carry on the tradition of keeping our Tribes organized and productive through the next season. Also, we honored our new Nation Chief who runs the whole PRWSP Iroquois like a well-oiled machine and new Fire Starter, who keeps the spirited spark alive.
Last, but certainly not least, the big finally of the season comes just before close on Sunday morning: we find out who will be the coming year’s Honor Tribe. The trophy goes to the group of dads and daughters that pulled in the most honor points based on having quality monthly crafts and outings, their performance in the campout competitions, and (barring pandemics) their golf cart decoration in the parade. For the 2020-2021 season the Chief Winnebago trophy was passed to the mighty Nez Perce.
All in all, it was a lovely return to our campout tradition, and we very much look forward to the kick-off of the 2021-2022 season in August and the Fall Campout this September.
What’s our motto? To be together forever as father and daughter!
Two of My Favorite Photos
As we’ve been working these past few days to share memories and thoughts about our time in the Iroquois, we’ve had the opportunity to review years and years of photos from meetings and campouts past. We spend a lot of time emphasizing the Father and Daughter connectedness that the Iroquois Indian Princess program enables – and it’s absolutely true, just read some of these bracketing posts! – but there’s something fun about the following two photos that also reveal one of the unique aspects of our program. Interestingly enough, they both come from the same campout in the fall of 2010. Let’s take a look:
Spooky Halloween! Over the last few years, one of the evolving traditions of the Iroquois Fall Campout has been the “Haunted House Competition” the girls of all six tribes have developed, almost entirely on their own. What started as a sprited seasonal expression of our Navajo and Seminole tribes has become something all the girls enjoy, and it is neither “haunted” and “spooky” or even that much of a “competition.” It is, however, an expression of some of the individual exploration and fun the girls get to have “on their own” on the campouts. Although “time with Dad” remains a constant focus of our outings, the opportunity to “run free” and explore their horizons with confidence and in complete safety is part of the fun of the Iroquois campouts. It lets the “girls be girls,” it lets them “have the best sleepover ever!” and just enjoy making friendships that last a lifetime.
At the campouts, Dads and Daughters spend nearly all day together – from lunch, to games, dinner and evening entertainment, and finally the always moving and meaningful evening fire ceremony. But after the campfire, as the girls go to play, the Dads set about the thoughtful business of the “evening meal,” an annual tradition and rite of passage for all members of the Iroquois Nation. Each tribe has their own “Tribal Chef,” a most celebrated and respected individual, working tirelessly to deliver the best in grilled meats and unexpected camping cuisine. It’s during this “Dad’s time” ( as seen in the photo above ) that the Daughters, who tend to drift through our orbits like little comets of fun throughout the evening, get a chance to see their Dads in a whole new light. For some, it’s the first time that they ever see their dad prepare a meal. For others, it’s a quick and quiet glimpse into a world of understanding their fathers in a deeper and richer way than ever before. It’s a special time, and it’s part of what makes the campouts such a unique experience.