Campouts are a key activity of the Indian Guides & Princess program. The Yomechas campouts are always our best-attended events. They are the high-point of our program and probably the single biggest reason that most of our members belong to the program. Every member gets an opportunity to enjoy our campouts.
Indian Guides and Princesses (our mainstream) enjoy three campouts a year: fall, winter, spring.
Pioneer Members (parents and pre-schoolers) enjoy three campouts a year: Fall, winter, spring.
Trailblazers/Trailmates (parents and older children) have many camping opportunities - see below
All of our campouts are Nation events. The Federation provides overall camp scheduling. Nation Chiefs are responsible for planning their specific campouts.
Where We CampWe do our camping at YMCA camps in the Chicago region. We do not "rough it". All the camps we use provide heated cabins with bunk beds. Meals are served family-style in a mess hall; the food is plentiful and good. The physical facilities vary somewhat from one camp to the next. Most camps have plumbing in the cabins, though some have separate lavatory facilities. All have running water, showers, etc. Depending on the season and the particular camp, activities provided by the camp might include hiking, archery, fishing, boating, horseback riding, rifle range, climbing tower, crafts, hayrack-ride, swimming, cross-country skiing, sledding, and (of course) a campfire.
Fees and SignupBefore you can attend a camp, you must be properly enrolled in our Indian Guides & Princess program. Campout registration is conducted on a tribe-by-tribe basis. Normally, in the event of an illness or similar problem camp fees are refundable.
Trailblazers/Trailmates CampingOur TBTM program schedules one "official" TBTM campout a year. But TBTM members may also attend any of our other campouts too - fall, winter, or spring! You may join in with the Nation you graduated from, or any Nation that has available space (most campouts have some unused capacity). If you wish to join a Nation campout, contact the Nation Chief at least three weeks prior to the event.
What to Bring to Your CampoutAlcohol is strictly prohibited.
- Clothing and Bedding
- Sleeping bags and/or warm blankets
- Pillows (if desired)
- Indian vest, headband and feathers
- Two complete sets of the following:
- Pants, jeans
- Shorts (if warm weather)
- Underwear, socks
- Shoes, sneakers, boots
- Jackets, coats, sweaters, sweat shirts
- Gloves, mittens, hats
- Pajamas, night gown, bathrobe
- Rain gear (raincoats, boots, umbrella, etc.)
- Toilet Articles
- Towels, wash cloths, soap
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, cups
- Comb and brush
- Shaving equipment
- First aid kit (one per tribe)
- Insect repellent
- Sun screen or suntan lotion
- Other personal items (deodorant, barrettes, etc.)
- Miscellaneous Equipment
- Camera, film and flash
- Fishing poles, tackle and bait
- Games (cards, chess, checkers, backgammon, etc.)
- Book, drawing paper, markers, crayons
- Tribal property (table centerpiece, chief's bonnet, etc.)
- Musical instruments, drums, bells
- Softball, football, frisbee, soccer ball, etc.
- Ice skates, sleds, skis, etc.
- Snack (fruit, carrot sticks, etc.)