By Cassie Niino
Yesterday morning, the Apache tribe woke up to find that their war sticks had been stolen. Each year, the Apaches have to hold on to their war sticks tightly because the “Camp Dudes” are always on the lookout to steal them. Apparently, a few years ago, the unsuspecting Apaches left the war sticks unattended and later found them cemented into the ground.
However, the Camp Dudes did not take them; the Kiowas did! The Kiowas left a ransom note in Apache camp and had placed the war sticks in the “sacred circle,” the one spot in camp in which you are not allowed to step.
Today, the campers participated in “druthers,” activities put on by the junior counselors. From homemade ice cream to survival cord bracelets to glitter lamps, the campers were faced with a tough decision because they could only choose one activity.
Then, the campers got to participate in “water games,” which were also held by the juniors. For campers who did not want to get wet, games like basketball and the “cookie game” (sliding a cookie from your forehead to your mouth using only facial expressions) were popular. There were also a wide variety of games that allowed campers to get soaked-from a slip-n-slide to getting squirted with a hose by co-camp director Lori England. It was fun to see all of the kids laughing and playing while the senior counselors were getting soaked with buckets of water!
A final fire
The culminating event for the week at Camp Adahi is our final council fire. Each tribe presented a song to the parents, and we showcased a few of the silly camp sings we had sung throughout the week. The coveted Clean Camp award was presented to the Zuni tribe, and the Navajos won the Symbol Gram award for making the best replica of their symbol gram using only nature.
Then, everyone stood and watched as a color guard made up of five junior counselors (chosen based on their involvement in both Camp Fire and Camp Adahi), retired a worn American flag. This beautiful ceremony is held every single year and is truly magnificent to witness. Community members donate flags to be retired and Camp Fire members at Adahi make sure to retire them with respect and dignity.
Making it special
The amount of work that goes into planning Camp Adahi is unbeknownst to many. The steering committee begins to meet in January to start planning camp. This shows that there is an immense amount of work that goes into our one week of fun. I would like to thank all of the steering committee members for their hard work in putting on camp, as well as Joscelyne Jackson and Lori England-our camp directors.
I would also like to thank the people who volunteered to work at camp for the week. Because Adahi is run solely by volunteers, we are comprised of a group of people who really care about making camp an amazing place to be. This is a large part of what makes Camp Adahi so special.
The one week we spend at Camp Adahi is a time spent making new friends, developing a love for nature, and enjoying life away from the outside world. It is a time that allows us to, as the Camp Fire motto says, “Light the Fire Within.”