The Seminoles took first place this year for the Coup Stick this year. Notably the competition was close and only a few points separated the tribes. It was anyone’s to win as there was a second place tie. Also worth noting Pawnee capsized it’s canoe in the canoe race.
The rundown for the weekend started on Thursday at 3pm when the camp opened for us since Broward County schools let out early on Thursday and Friday off. This is when most chiefs and princesses setup their camp and relaxed.
On Friday we spent the day at the lake canoeing, swimming, sliding and blobbing. We had 3 professional lifeguards with eagle eyes and an abundance of dads keeping the princesses safe. Some princesses were chasing tadpoles, small fish and making castles in the sand. Some tribes rehearsed for the the skit on Saturday. Others just relaxed. After dinner we had a new princess bonfire, and an ice cream social.
Saturday began with breakfast in the lodge and a morning schedule of activities that included horseback riding, archery, rock wall with zipline, and the alpine course. The Circle F staff instructed and encouraged the princesses. It was great to see the girls grow in so many ways.
After lunch we started with the first heat of the canoe race, followed by the relay race that looked more like a game of survivor with the puzzle element, and then the finals of the canoe race.
After dinner we had the skits followed by a breaking arrow ceremony for dad’s and/or daughters leaving the program. This is a bitter sweet moment as you realize that the years of indian princess culminated in this moment. The bond between father and daughter is very special and to be cherished.
Finally on Sunday we started with breakfast and then started breaking down the camp. All of the cabins, cabin decorations, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, towels, shoes, food, trash and so on. And then the drive home.
We were dirty, exhausted, but happy to have spent the weekend with our kids and our friends.