Indian Guides and Princesses

2016 Winter Camp Recap

We had a huge turnout at last weekend’s Fox Nation Indian Guides & Princesses 2016 Winter Campout! 114 campers joined together to enjoy the great weather, family and friend togetherness and very cool activities.

Tubing was great as usual, as was ice skating, sleigh rides, crafts, bowling and swimming. I’m sure the guides and princesses had the time of their life. See below for some photos and videos of the event.

Broom ball video:

Winter camp 2016 starts 1/29!

For those of you who were on the fence, the weather looks perfect, join us at the winter camp! We already have around 100 people signed up, but there is plenty of room still available. The signup form is here

If you’ve never been to a campout, here are some useful links:

I spoke to the camp director at Anokijig yesterday and the ice is in great shape for all our ice activities, and they have more snow than we do so the tube hill is open as well.  This year, bowling and swimming are included in your camp registration fee.  Please note that similar to last year, we will NOT be providing dinner at the camp on Saturday night.  Please plan to make your own arrangements for dinner on Saturday night.  In the link above you will find a document with several restaurant recommendations which are close to both the bowling and swimming activities.

Please note that this year we are making helmets MANDATORY for all kids on the tubing hill.  Even a basic bike helmet is fine, but please plan accordingly to make sure we keep the kids as safe as possible on the tube hill.  Also, all kid’s tubing activities MUST be monitored by at least one dad.  Please do not send your kids to the tube hill without supervision.

2016 Winter Camp Patch Winner

2016 Winter Camp – Jan 29 – 31

Mighty Fox Nation, please save the date for this year’s Winter Camp Out being held January 29 through 31 at Camp Anokijig.

Last year was an awesome time, barring a snowy drive home on Sunday. The kids loved the snow though – it made Camp Anokijig even more a magical place than it already is.

Expect a weekend of tubing, sleigh rides, broom ball, frozen milk-jug curling, ice skating, ice fishing, arts and crafts, bowling, and swimming. I think the dads had as much fun in the curling competition as the kids did. Hopefully we will be able to welcome our favorite Ojibwe Indian to camp, Brian Bearshadow and his wife Carla.  As always, campfire fun and winter adventure is at the core of our winter campout experience.  We’re still trying to solidify plans for Saturday night’s dinner, but there may be an additional function that we add this year. Stay posted for more information.

For those new members who have never experienced a winter camp out, it is a truly unique experience and a great mix of indoor fun and outdoor winter activities.

Sign up here!

Kids Caring for Kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital

Help instill charitable values in our Indian Guides and Princesses by participating in the Kids Caring for Kids program. The program benefits other children who are undergoing cancer treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. It’s very easy to participate:

  1. Purchase your child’s favorite stuffed animal (the stuffed animals must be new).
  2. Remove all sales tags, boxes or packing material.
  3. Have your child enclose a best wishes card.
  4. Drop the stuffed animal at your tribe chief’s house before December 16, 2015.

The cards and stuffed animals bring joy and comfort to children during this difficult time in their lives. They name the stuffed animals, and even bring them into surgery with them.

caroling

All Nation Holiday Caroling – December 13

Attention Indian Guides and Princesses – Our annual Fox Nation Holiday Caroling event is being held Sunday, December 13. We will begin caroling at 11:00 am and plan to be done shortly before 12:00 pm. Please plan to arrive around 10:45 am to organize in the lobby and hand out the sheet music.

This is a wonderful event that brings a lot of joy to the residents of Claridge Healthcare Center in Lake Bluff. This has been an annual tradition for many years and as many of you know that have participated in this event in the past, the residents truly look forward to this celebration every year. We’ve even had our Braves and Princesses bring holiday treats for the residents which they loved.

For those of you new to the Fox Nation, or who have not participated before, we gather as a group and walk through the facility singing holiday songs for all of the residents. This is another truly meaningful community experience for our children and opportunity for the Fox Nation to continue our long tradition of giving back to our local community.

The address for Claridge Healthcare Center is below. Please let me know if you have any questions. A special Ah, Ho to Cyber Chief Chris Jensen for organizing this year’s participation.

Claridge Healthcare Center

700 Jenkisson Ave
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Fox Nation Week of Service

This November, as part of Fox Nation’s Week of Service, a team of over 60 Fox Nation volunteers donated their efforts to various community service events throughout Lake County.

On Tuesday November 17th, a team of boys and their fathers volunteered at the Lake County Cares HUGS Holiday Food Drive.  The HUGS Food Drive coordinated annually by LakeCountyCares, a volunteer organization based out of Lake Forest’s Gorton Community Center.  This year the goal was to feed over 500 needy Lake County families for Thanksgiving.  Through an outpouring of local community support, they were able to achieve that goal.

That same evening, another team of Fox Nation dad’s and their children volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. FMSC is a nonprofit organization empowering volunteers to pack meals for the malnourished in nearly 70 countries. The Fox Nation Indian Guides and Indian Princess volunteers helped pack 16,200 meals for starving children – enough food to feed 45 children for an entire year. The 75 boxes of food were packed for shipment to multiple countries: Nicaragua, Honduras & Tanzania.

Forthcoming volunteer activities include: the annual Fox Nation Indian Guides and Princesses holiday caroling event at the Claridge House in Lake Bluff on December 13th and Fox Nation’s December drive to collect stuffed animals for Lurie Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward.

Sign Up Now: H.U.G.S. Food Drive

Help the needy in Lake County have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving by organizing a tribe volunteer event, or participating as a family in the LakeCountyCares Thanksgiving H.U.G.S. Food Drive at Gorton Community Center now through November 21!

There are a number of opportunities for children and their Dads—or the whole family—to kick off the holiday season spending time together helping others.

Donating Food

Bring these items to the Lake County Cares office at the Gorton Community Center on or before November 16.

  • Rice, Canned Fruit, Pinto Beans, Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Yams, Corn Muffin Mix, Powdered Milk
  • Canned Corn or Beans, Canned Pork and Beans
  • Gift Cards for Frozen Turkeys from Walmart, Jewel or Target

Sorting Food

LakeCountyCares needs help sorting food. If you are interested in volunteering for this individually or as a tribe please email info@lakecountycares.org with subject line “Sort Food Drive”. Times are available from November 17 to 19.

Loading Trucks

They also need volunteers for loading food onto trucks. If you can help load, arrive at Gorton Community Center on November 20 at 3 p.m. All loading should be completed by 5:30 p.m.

Delivering Food

If you would like to help deliver food to the needy, arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 at the Gorton Community Center.

All opportunities take place at the Lake County Cares office

Gorton Community Center (Second Floor) – map
400 E Illinois
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Fox Nation Charity – Equestrian Connection

Attention Indian Guides & Princesses, our friends over at the Equestrian Connection are hosting a Halloween party and horse show on October 24th. They are in need of 300 pumpkins (soccer ball sized or smaller) for this event and are looking for donations.

Mobilize your tribe to see how many pumpkins you can accumulate and donate! They can be dropped off at Equestrian Connection anytime between now and October 23rd.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Equestrian Connection, they are a 501(c)(3) organization who provide therapy to special needs children and adults primarily through the use of horses. See this touching video featuring Emma Alt, one of the many children who benefit from this fantastic organization.

Equestrian Connection
600 N Bradley Road
Lake Forest, IL, 60045

Map of Equestrian Connection

Fox Nation Indian Guides & Princesses Lives of the Voyageurs event

Reminder – Lives of the Voyageurs event is this Saturday, 10/10

If you plan on attending either the 9:00am session or the 10:30am session, please let Mike Baird know asap. He needs to give a headcount estimate to the Forest Preserve.

Go back to early Lake County as 18th-century French voyageurs lead activities on land and water. Discover why voyageurs traveled to Illinois in the 1740s and learn their effect on natural and cultural development. Weather permitting, paddle our 34-foot canoe across the lake and back in time.

As a special addition to the program, a member of the Ojibwe tribe will be present to teach our Braves and Princesses about how the Native Americans traded with the Voyageurs and how it changed their lives forever.

Download the waiver here. A waiver must be completed and brought with for each family attending. Father and child may share the same waiver. This event is being held at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Click here for more information on the specific location, and to add it to your calendar.

Due to the size of our group, there are two sessions being held. One from 9:00am to 10:30am, and another from 10:30am to Noon. Choose the best that works for you.

Fox Nation Indian Guides & Princesses Lives of the Voyageurs event

Lives of the Voyageurs event – Oct 10

Go back to early Lake County as 18th-century French voyageurs lead activities on land and water. Discover why voyageurs traveled to Illinois in the 1740s and learn their effect on natural and cultural development. Weather permitting, paddle our 34-foot canoe across the lake and back in time.

As a special addition to the program, a member of the Ojibwe tribe will be present to teach our Braves and Princesses about how the Native Americans traded with the Voyageurs and how it changed their lives forever.

Download the waiver here. A waiver must be completed and brought with for each family attending. Father and child may share the same waiver. This event is being held at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Click here for more information on the specific location, and to add it to your calendar.

Due to the size of our group, there are two sessions being held. One from 9:00am to 10:30am, and another from 10:30am to Noon. Choose the best that works for you.