The emphasis of Tribal and Nation outings are to bring father and child together as well as the entire tribe.
The Nation events start in the Fall and end in the Spring. During the summer there might be 1-2 events.
- Summer Blast at the Beach (recruit new members)
- Promoting the program
- Summer Car Show (recruit new members)
- Fall Campout (Start of the season)
- Fall Haunted Trail
- Fall fundraiser
- Winter Festival of Lights Parade
- Winter Bell ringing
- Winter Campout
- Winter Father Daughter Dance
- Winter Tubing
- Winter Battle House
- Spring Pinewood Derby
- Spring Cleanup (Earth Day)
- Spring Nation Pizza party
- Memorial Day Parade
- Spring Campout (end of the season)
The Four Feathers Nation hosts three major events per year. These events are the Fall, Winter, and Spring Campouts. Typically there is a hosting Tribe who oversees the itinerary for the outing. Review the photos of events.
The Chiefs meet with the Nation leaders once a month to review the yearly schedule.
Each Tribe is encouraged to hold a monthly event.
The Four Feather campouts are the highlight of the Father-Child Program. All campouts are held at campsites that are within a two-hour drive from Crystal Lake. Campouts start on Friday and end on Sunday.
Tribes should coordinate duties and responsibilities before the campout begins. Google Docs are shared with all members of the Tribe to figure out who’s in charge of food and supplies.
Chief Meeting at the campout
The chiefs’ meeting is held on Saturday afternoon, around 3:00pm. The campout schedule is given out, duties are discussed and ceremonial bonfire is planned.
The schedule at our campouts is very relaxed. We want you to enjoy your time camping with your child and only a few activities are required Examples:
- Fall campout: Ghost toss, frisbee game, pelt hunt, and hunt for Mechulah.
- The ceremony includes new member induction into the nation.
- Winter campout: Tug of war outside, pelt hunt, winter hike, archery, and inside games after lodge dinner.
- Spring campout: Bug hunt and hunt for Mechulah.
- The ceremony includes graduation of members and Eagle Feather awards
The tribe uses Google docs to coordinate meals and supplies.
Campout Ceremonial Bonfire
One of the highlights of the campout is the Saturday evening bonfire. The Fire council begins with a nation procession from one end of the camp to the bonfire ceremony. Tribes will join the procession by announcing their tribe name to the nation chief when he approaches. If the nation chief approves, the tribe may join in the procession towards the council fire ceremony. Tribal drums/chant can be used during the procession. The ceremony will consist of inspirational words from our nation officers, stories, and of course a big fire (if the Great Spirit deems us worthy). These ceremonies will be long remembered by each father and child. Each ceremony ends with each father and child being asked to go into the world to live out the AIMS of the Four Feathers Nation.
- Fall induction ceremony
- Spring graduation and Eagle Feather award
Chapel marks the closing ceremony of our campout. A chapel is held on Sunday morning around 8:00am. Awards are given to the Tribes for the activities that were held and the winner of the patch drawing is announced.