Night at the Museum 2022

NAM was one of the first events Julia and I went to almost 6 years ago. Sure, some things have changed but a lot has not. This time we slept among the Eric Carle artwork instead of a blank wall as we did 6 years ago.

After dinner there was plenty to do. There was an animal show, plenty of free time to explore and make new friends, the rides were open, and we made paper airplanes. There were even some after hours activities… but what happens at NAM stays at NAM.

And of course no overnight at the museum would be complete without a trip to Lester’s for breakfast.

Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park is billed as a destination to journey back in time to an ancient Hammock and discover endangered species and beautifully delicate ecosystems. Thanks to the Seminole Tribe, our campers experienced just that. Taking a nature walk on one of the nine trails is a great way to spend time together. They even saw an alligator.

These pictures are beautiful. Thanks Dub.
Next up, River Ranch.

Jonathan Dickinson 2022

“Hello Miccosukee nation. I would like to extend al heartfelt thanks to BJ Cross and the Sioux Tribe for putting on an amazing weekend at the Dickinson campout. We enjoyed a great meal on Saturday night and got to mingle with the other tribes in attendance. Everything went off without a hitch and we all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Great job fellas. I would also like to thank Mike High and the Mohave Tribe for taking systemcare of lunch on Saturday. It was perfect to come back from canoeing and enjoy some delicious food in the company of our friends. All in all, it was a great campout and I can’t wait to do it again next year.” – Jose Negroni / Chief Muddy Foot

This video sums up the weekend perfectly.

Madison at the grill.

Next up Highlands Hammock State Park. We look forward to another great weekend. Register today.

Markham Park 2022

Welcome to our annual Markham Park Camp Out

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success.

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Mohave Tribe
Great Video
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Can’t wait for dinner.
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Abby and her Dad made a great video.

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We have heart.
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Famous desserts.
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Priceless
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S-E-M-INOLES We Are The Seminoles!

Congratulations to the Seminole Tribe on winning the Coup Stick, the winner of Circle F. We were fortunate to have a Circle F and the Seminole Tribe competed well in all events. This is a well deserved victory.

The Results:

War Games
1. Seminole
2. Sioux
3. Hopi

Stage 1 Booster

Canoe Race
1. Seminole
2. Crow
3. Iroquois

Victory!

Chili
1. Navajo
2. Crow
3. Mojave

Skit
1. Pawnee
2. Seminole
3. Sioux

Cabin Decorations
1. Sioux
2. Mojave
3. Navajo

Overall
1. Seminole
2. Sioux
3. Tie between Navajo & Crow

Thank you to all who attended and made this weekend a success especially Chief Chewy, Eric Jones of the Mojave Tribe who served as our Nation Chief for two memorable years. Thank you Eric for your guidance and leadership.

Breaking Arrow

A special thank you to all of the Princesses who broke arrow. We will definitely miss you. Thank you for sharing your passion for our program and leading our younger Princesses by example. I have been to a few Breaking Arrow Ceremonies, and this was my first sing along. Delaney Norton and Scott Norton lead us in a campfire song “The Cup Song” that will last in my memory for a very long time. Thank you both.

Mojave Breaks Together

Mojave breaks together. The bond of Princesses going through the tribe experience together runs so deep that they all stayed 2 more years to break arrow together. 
Princess Flower Heart breaks arrow after 14 years. The end of an era, but your love for your dad and your tribe lives on.

“Dad will always say yes.” To echo a Chief from the Sioux Tribe, when it comes to our program Dad will always say yes. These years fly by and we have to take advantage of these opportunities to bond with our daughters. 

Every dad here wants something better for their daughter. A fireman, a contractor, a lawyer all have the same goal: something better for their daughter. 

“Dad, I love you so much.”  These are the words we want to hear. Every Princess breaking arrow concluded their speech with gratitude and love for their Dad and our program. Thank you all for making Y Princess the best program around.

Nation Chief transfer

Chewy out! Muddy foot in!
Eric Jones left big shoes to fill, but Jose Negroni from Sioux is the man for the job. We look forward to a successful 2021-2022 Y Princess year.

Circle F has so much to offer, but horseback riding is our favorite. The Odyssey Rope course is also a great time.

Mojave to the rescue!

The mighty Mojave

I talk a lot about our program strengthening the bond between father and daughter, but we have an amazing nation. The bond between dads is just as strong. We came close to a major issue with our trailer. Thankfully a good samaritan alerted me to a smoking wheel on the trailer I rented and I found the first place I could stop. While I was freaking out wondering how to resolve this issue Eric Jones sees us on the side of the road, calls me, and turns around. He called the Mojave Tribe and they all showed up to bail me out of a jam. No questions asked, and the trailer was emptied into every truck bed. As I wait for roadside assistance to tow the trailer the Mojave tribe treated my girls to lunch and Sonny’s BBQ. After a short delay I am back on the road. I do not want to think how this incident could have gone, but I am thankful it went this way without drama. Thank you all very much. I am grateful for your help.

How how,
-Chief Fat Daddy

Say Hey Say Ho Say Navajo!

Special thanks to Chief Todd from the Navajo Tribe for organizing a great weekend on Peanut Island in West Palm Beach. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling are just some of the activities on the Island.

We had the island to ourselves after the last ferry departs for shore.

Nightfall means movie time.

After the movie Chief Todd leads us in a circle time of Chief and princess introductions. Each father and daughter share stories of how they joined our program and what it means to them. This trip reminds me of a simpler time. The Navajo Tribe values their present but also the past as princesses who have broken arrow return for this trip. Some even drove from out of state to attend. Their bond is strong.

Robert is a semiprofessional fisherman. Shark on! Instagram: @robert_di_nino
I think we’re going to need a bigger boat.

Some of us enjoy the sunrise.

Sunrise paddle boarding.

Chief Todd with his son and nephew.

The fried rice was outstanding and dessert was even better. Great job on food preparation and execution. Everyone helps out to make this great weekend happen.

Thank you for a wonderful weekend Navajo Tribe.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

February 8th and 9th

The Miccosukee Nation organized another great campout at Jonathan Dickinson State Park with special thanks to our Sioux Tribe for hosting.

I made the mistake of leaving after work on Friday and paid the price with traffic, but the drive was worth it. The park is very very nice and Sioux has everything planned. We set up our tents, unpack our gear, and admire primitive camping. The park did a great job making this area secluded from the rest of the park.

Look what they found.

There is something special about a bike ride on a trail.

Mojave Bikes
Nice bicycle Madison.
Camping and bikes go hand and hand.

Mojave and tacos? Yes they do. The pork tacos were amazing.

Mojave knows how to eat. Hopi thanks you for the hospitality.
Getting ready for the day.
Mojave goes horseback riding.

Mojave took advantage of horseback riding offered at the park. This park offers so much.

Great smile Morgan. She is ready for a fun day after a cold night.
The hammock is a huge hit.
Kids and Dads love swings.
David is Batman
Jorge is on top of everything.
The observation deck offers a great view of the park.

Thank you Sioux for another successful weekend. Let’s keep JD in the camping rotation next year.

Markham Park Picnic 2020

Thank you Mohave for a successful picnic and campout. Every January we can count on you. The food was great, the bounce house racecourse was a hit, and the YMCA staff kept our Princesses entertained.

When the morning activities settle down it is time to set up camp. Each tribe claims their usual place. It is a beautiful sight to see fathers and daughters working together to assemble their tents. This is Primitive Camping?

There is a hiking trail that runs along the campsite. The girls search for sticks for the campfire later, build forts, and observe nature. Our Hopi tribe has some skilled builders.

Hopi on the trail.

The Comanche Tribe is strong. They do not even need a table.

It’s S’mores time! Everyone gathers around the campfire to roast marshmallows and reflect upon the day. We are lucky to have this time with our girls. Some of us are starting our journey with Indian Princess, and other are seasoned veterans. No matter where you are in the cycle, S’mores are always a crowd pleaser.

Just like that dawn breaks and campers begin to wake. The parade of people walking across the grounds must mean its time to splash some water on your face and gather your belongings. Another successful bonding experience with our daughters. Do not put things away for long, our next campout is February 7-9, 2020 – Jonathan Dickinson State Park Campout (Hosted by Sioux)

We. So. Pawnee.

Circle F Dude Ranch
Lake Wales, FL
October 17 – 20

The weekend began like any other.  Fathers and Daughters pack their vehicles with camping supplies, cabin decorations, skit costumes, and Halloween candy.  The battle cry “We So Pawnee” begins as a whisper.  Campers arrive at Circle F Dude Ranch excited for the weekend ahead full of horseback riding, Alpine course, Archery, the Odyssey ropes course, The Blob, canoeing, and so much more.  Memories will be made this weekend to last a lifetime. The bond between father and daughter grows stronger. 

After a scenic drive up US-27, Circle F Dude Ranch comes into view.  The seasoned veteran is excited to see the Odyssey ropes course completed, and the first timers realize this will be a great weekend. We assemble tents and canopies to create a tribal common space.  The girls claim their bunks in the cabin.  The chant of “We so Pawnee” is louder than a whisper now.

Thursday night is the first night of a terrific weekend.  Each tribe settles into their routine.  Some tribes make dinner, some go out.  Tribal traditions run deep.  “We so Pawnee” gaining steam.

Friday is the first full day of camp and everyone is taking full advantage of the lake. Kayaks and canoes are occupied by dads and daughters.  Are they practicing for a canoe race?  My girls love the Blob and swim most of the morning.  What is that sound in the distance? “We so Pawnee.”  More Chiefs arrive as the day continues, and the cabin decorations begin to make their appearance. Skit preparations are also underway. We have Archery and the Rock Wall with Zipline. The fun never stops. 

The aroma of chili means it’s time for the chili cook-off. Mia from Hopi put her heart and soul into her Chili and received second place for her effort.  Way to Go Mia. 

Congratulations Pawnee for claiming First.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Hopi
  3. Navajo tied with Cherokee

It’s Fire Walk time.  The torch is lit as the walk begins at Pawnee and travels through camp gathering Chiefs and Princesses and ends at the Nation bonfire. Nation Chief Sam Rupert welcomes us to the circle where each new Chief and Princess proudly announce their names.  This ceremony also marks the transfer of Chief duty for each tribe to their incoming Chief for 2020. The evening concludes with an ice cream social provided by our Navajo tribe.  Thank you, Navajo.

Saturday begins with horseback riding for the Hopi tribe, followed by the Alpine course.  Thankfully the weather did not affect our morning ride.  How was horseback riding Madison? “Good quality time with my Dad and friends.”  The Alpine course has a swing section and a challenging climb. There is nothing too difficult for our girls. 

Tabletops are completed and judged.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Mojave
  3. Sioux

Cabin Decorations

  1. Pawnee
  2. Navajo
  3. Mojave

Congratulations to the Seminole Tribe for their second year in a row as First place canoe champions.

  1. Seminole
  2. Sioux
  3. Crow

War Games

Hopi finished with the second-best time, but Sioux emerged victorious. The obstacle course proved to be just as challenging as last year.  It is always fun do cheer on our daughters.

  1. Sioux
  2. Hope
  3. Pawnee

Skits are a highlight of Saturday night. “We so Pawnee” can be heard across camp.  Congratulations to Pawnee for a terrific skit performance.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Mojave
  3. Seminole

For some, this weekend marks the last Circle F and to commemorate the achievement we have a Breaking Arrow Ceremony.  Whether it is your first, last, or somewhere in between time watching a Breaking Arrow Ceremony you cannot help but be moved.  The years go by way too fast, but everyone can see how meaningful our organization is.  Father daughter “Bond”-ing is a two-way street; our daughters make us better fathers and we prepare them for the road ahead. 

Sunday concludes our festivities with the Awards and Coup Stick Ceremony. Yes, We so Pawnee.  Congratulations Pawnee Tribe for a well planned and executed Circle F experience. 

Round Up presented by Pawnee

September 22, 2019

Thank you Pawnee

This is the second year for our Round Up event, and it was a success. Our Chiefs and Princesses were dressed in their best flannel, cowboy hats, and boots. Everyone looked great. The evening began with instructor led line dancing and by 8:00 we looked like professionals. Daughters dancing with their Dads is a memory they will have forever. I believe my dance moves improved as the evening continued, but that may just be a side effect of having fun with my girls.

Hopi 2019

The Miccosukee Nation is all about our Princesses. Thank you Pawnee Tribe for making this an evening to remember.