Thursday, May 08, 2008

Blackfoot in Raft Race - Spring outing 2008

Compliments of Big Prowling Panther ...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Blackfoot in front of cabin - Spring Outing '07

Little Braves and Blackbeard - Spring Outing '07

Soccer - Sky and Jonathan

Look at this snake we found at Spring Outing '07!

Jacob Louie - Brave Little Brave!

Spring Outing 2007 - Raising the American flag

Monday, May 22, 2006

Blackfoot gathers outside the dining hall at Camp Sea Farer

Little Braves enjoy a late night icee snack and avoid Hattie!

Big & Little Braves prepare for dinner after an exciting day

Little Braves anxiously awaiting the Ferry ride

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Recap of weekend at BW Wells and Camp Kanata

Blackfoot Warriors Camping Weekend Review

Saturday afternoon/evening

BW Wells was the site of our first tribe camping trip. Our entire tribe was able to take part. Several Big and Little Braves arrived early in the day to set up camp and explore the area. The fish were biting, but no one caught any fish on Saturday. As others arrived, the campsite started to take shape with all the tents and, most importantly, the food!

After a great dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs, the Little Braves played ‘flashlight tag’ and enjoyed the campfire with their dads. S’mores were a treat for everyone as we learned how not to turn our marshmallows into “flamers.” After snacks, we gathered around the campfire where Big Thundering Elk lead the tribe in a story about making good choices and doing the right thing. After that, several Big Braves amazed us with their mind reading ability, picking out objects around the campfire that Running River and the other Big and Little Braves held in secret.

Bedtime arrived and everyone retired to tents for a “good” night of sleep (well, good for the Little Braves, at least). We went to bed with the Hurricanes trailing Atlanta 2-0 and NCSU tied with Boston College 10-10 (sports remained on the forefront of Big Braves’ minds).

Sunday morning

We awoke to the Hurricanes losing 9-0 and NCSU losing 30-10 (maybe that is why Big Braves could not sleep). But, it was a beautiful and crisp morning. White Thunder and Running River led a devotional including a compilation of songs and some key verses reminding the Little Braves to obey their fathers and live a pure life. Breakfast followed with a buffet of bacon, sausages, pancakes, eggs, and fruit. Plenty of coffee and hot chocolate was involved as well. After cleaning up the breakfast, the tribe went on a 1.4 mile hike through the woods to earn a feather. Other than having a few rocks and stumps jump up and trip a couple of Little Braves, the hike was really fun and good exercise for everyone. While the Big Braves took down the tents and loaded the cars, the Little Braves engaged in a game of soccer. There is a lot of soccer talent in the tribe!

Sunday afternoon

We left BW Wells and went to have lunch at Bojangles. After leaving Bojangles, the tribe congregated at Camp Kanata to be inducted into the Arapahoe Nation that evening. The afternoon was spent playing putt-putt, canoeing, and fishing (with several fish being caught). The practice from the day before must have paid off. Then, the tribe had dinner and got ready for the induction ceremony.

Sunday evening

Little and Big Braves didn’t know what to expect but had heard that it was an unforgettable time. We lined up as a tribe with all of the other first year tribes and made the quiet walk to the lake. When we got to the top of the hill leading down to the lake, hundreds of 3rd year tribe members were holding torches on the sides of the hill that we walked down. It was an amazing tunnel of fire and light. We were guided to our seats and we watched a canoe come slowly across the lake carrying the torch that would be used to light the campfire. The campfire was lit with a bang and explosion that startled us all and began the ceremony. We watched as the new Nation officers were inducted and then cheered when our tribes name was called in the role call of new tribes. Little and Big Braves exchanged bear claws promising to show patience and not be selfish.

After the ceremony, Dads and Sons filed out together and made the trip home with memories of a special time with each other and with the other members of our tribe, looking forward to the next time we get to get together with our tribe.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Night induction ceremony was definitely a lasting memory!

One of very few "still" Little Brave moments ...

Hot chocolate keeps the Little Braves warm!

Smores is always a hit -- Saturday night campfire

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Devotion thoughts for upcoming Kanata camp trip

Big Braves:

How! How! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend with your family and your Little Braves!

In starting to plan for the devotion this coming Sunday, I thought of something (or perhaps God gave me an idea) during today's sermon by Pastor Davey. I thought it would be a good time that we could have an interactive devotion time with our sons in which the Big Braves could share an "attribute" of God that has been working in their lives (or that of their families) lately. For instance, I know that some of you have recently been through the adoption process -- so, you could discuss how God adopts us as His children and how that parallels to your experience. Your little brave could also then share how they see God in this area as well (keeping it at their 'level'). I think this would work best if a little time is spent in advance talking this through with your Little Brave. I envision about 2-3 minutes per family so that we can finish in a reasonable amount of time.

Let me know if have any thoughts about this idea.

Thanks & I look forward to a great weekend of building Christ-centered relationships!

God bless,
Scott "White Thunder"

Tim (Big Growling Bear) & Jacob (Growling Bear) Louie

Scott (White Thunder) & Noah (White Lightning) Rutledge

Ross (Flying Eagle) & Sky (Golden Eagle) Teague

Rick (Howling Wind) & Justin (Red Sky) Wahlers

Michael (Mighty Lion) & Jonathan (Soaring Eagle) D'Ercole

Mike (Silver Fox) & Jackson (Brown Fox) Keen

Mark (Running River) & Graham (Running Wolf) Fowler

Mark (Big Prowling Panther) & Andrew (Little Prowling Panther) Joyner

Monday, October 31, 2005

Matt (Big Thundering Elk) & Christian (Little Thundering Elk) Lauffer