Monarch on milkweed

This Saturday – Milkweed for Monarchs

Join us on Saturday, May 21 for the second annual Fox Nation Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarch Butterfly Event.

Come out and help us plant Milkweed to support the Monarch butterfly population and help them thrive in our local Forest Preserves. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape.

Event Details – click here for more detail

When: Saturday, May 23rd 9am-11am
Where: Middlefork Savanna at Elawa Farms
Who: This is an all family event so bring the entire family for this short and meaningful experience to help the Fox Nation give back to our community and surrounding nature.

This will be a great event for members of all ages.

See everyone out there.

 

Spring Camp Out – May 13 to 15 at Camp Minikani

Mighty Fox Nation, our Spring Camp Out is quickly approaching!!! We are heading back to Camp Minikani on May 13 to 15 for a weekend full of wonderful activities, outdoor experiences, and Native American culture. See the following for information on this weekend’s campout:

Cabin Assignments:

  • Mohawk:  Indian Unit 6 and overflow onto Indian Unit 7
  • Kickapoo:  Indian Unit 6 and overflow onto Indian Unit 7
  • Michigamea:  Indian Unit 5 and overflow onto Indian Unit 7
  • Gitchee Goomee:  Pioneer Unit 11
  • Mohawk/Potawatomi:  Pioneer Unit 11
  • Temagami:  Indian Unit 1
  • Ojibwa:  Indian Unit 2
  • Ottawa:  Indian Unit 3
  • Kasota:  Indian Unit 9 and Indian Rec 1-3 for overflow
  • Dakota:  Indian Unit 4 and Indian Rec 1-3 for overflow
  • Takota/Tuscarora:  Indian Unit 8
  • Powhatan:  Indian Unit 8

For those that have not been to Camp Minikani before, it is an outstanding and full-service camp facility with newer cabins, lake access, heated swimming pool, climbing wall, high ropes course, horse back riding, archery, and canoeing among many other activities we have planned. (The food’s good too.)

For those that like to bring their own tents, there are many flat and grassy areas to pitch your tent and build a fire.

Please register for camp out in advance on our website. We are offering discounted rates to any family that signs up in advance so please take advantage of the great discounts.

Invited guests and potential new members are always welcome to join us at camp out. It’s a great opportunity to get people introduced to the Fox Nation.

Come back soon to find the Camp Out Agenda, directions to Camp Minikani, and a packing list.  Looking forward to seeing everyone up at Camp Minikani.

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Attend All Fox Nation Open Lands Volunteer Event April 2

Spring is in the air! Get outdoors with the family and help preserve the beauty of our community’s open spaces. Volunteers will work together on brush control and burn preparation.

Who: All Fox Nation and their families

Where: Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve, Trail access and parking are located at Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive (located half mile off of Waukegan Road on Middlefork Drive).

When: 9 a.m. to Noon (come all or part of the time) this Saturday, April 2

Open Lands will supply the equipment, but recommends everyone bring their own water to stay hydrated. Don’t forget to dress for the weather!

More information about Lake Forest Open Lands and the work day is available here: http://www.lfola.org/2016-volunteer-work-days

2016 Pinewood Derby Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to race and volunteer at last Sunday’s Pinewood Derby race. The 70 Indian Guides and Princesses who showed up were treated to an afternoon filled with speed, artistry, competition, and pizza.

Speaking of competition, the differences between first and second places for boys and girls was in the hundredths of seconds. This year again brought some of the most unique and creative designs we’ve seen. Check out the slideshow below for pictures from the event.

 

Pinewood Derby Indian Guides & Princesses

Pinewood Derby Registration Now Open – Race March 13th

Attention Mighty Fox Nation!

Save the date for one of our most popular events of the year! Our 2016 Pinewood Derby race will be held Sunday, March 13 at the Everett Elementary School.

You must register your child here in order to participate in the race

Break out the power tools, sandpaper, and paint and create the fastest and coolest car you can. Trophies will be awarded for the fastest cars for boys and girls tribes, as well as a special trophy for overall fastest car. Design trophies will be awarded for the coolest car designs as well as trophies for the most authentic Native American themed designs.

This is an all family event, so bring the siblings and invite the grandparents.

11:30 AM – Weigh-in and Registration Begins

12:30 PM – Judging on the following categories:

•       Overall Paint and Design
•       Native American Themed Design
•       Each category will have multiple places

1:00 PM – RACING STARTS

Pine Wood Derby car kits are available for sale from your tribe chiefs. Cars can also be purchased from our Indian Scout Joel Norton. Cars kits are $5 each.

Please note that our Fox Nation Pine Wood car kits are custom kits and are NOT the ones used by the Boy Scouts or other Nations. You will ONLY be allowed to use a car from one of our approved kits.

Race rules, car weights and dimensions can be found here. Cars that do not meet the weight and dimension limits will NOT be eligible for a trophy. Cars will be weighed and measured during race registration. Basic tools will be available on site for last minute modifications but please bring any special tools or extra weights you might need if you’re close on weight.

Feed My Starving Children - Indian Guides Volunteer Event

Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children Feb. 20

Please join Fox Nation for an afternoon of service at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Since Fox Nation’s founding in 1961, concern for family and community have been key characteristics we strive to nurture. This event allows greater connectivity to family and community—not to mention kids and parents have a great time!

We ask that all participants pre-register here so we can give an accurate count to FMSC.

FMSC is a faith-based organization committed to feeding hungry children. Volunteers will package food for distribution throughout the world – from countries affected by natural disaster and places enduring economic despair. For more information about FMSC, visit their website at http://www.fmsc.org/

When?

Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. We ask that everyone show up 15 minutes early for check-in, orientation and training.

Where?

742 E. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048 (Hwy 176, across from Culvers), FMSC Phone is (847) 984-3846

Other info?

Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes – you will be on your feet. Oh, and bring mom!

You can also see more information about this event on our calendar page

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.