Official Publication of the Triunfo YMCA Indian Guide Your Child’s Adventure!!
Guides & Princesses, Papooses, and Trailblazers!
Trail Mix May, 2006 http://www.ymcasmokesignal.com
Order of the White Buffalo
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ow How! Get ready its time for the annual Pancake
Carnival, May 13th look forward to seeing everyone with friends
and neighbors. Please stop by for breakfast, games, raffle and more.
Oh yes, Its time to register for Spring Camp, May 19-20. Please
bring registration info to longhouse because it is going to be a great
time at Leo Carrillo.
Then to finish up the year we have Dodger Day on June 4th
which is open once again to all family and friends. Wear a baseball
uniform and enjoy the chance to walk onto the Dodger baseball
3, 2, 1, Blast Off. Thank you, Ken Gordon and everyone else
who provided help in making Rocket Day a blast and day we will
all remember for years to come. Also, lets give a big round of
applause to Tim Huddleston for another great outing at Irwindale
The smiles on all the kids faces and the memories of cars
racing, and rockets big and small flying into the air say it all. We
will all be talking about those events for a long time.
Your Federation Chiefs,
Francesca and John Gettings
Flying Dolphin and Big Buck
2005/6 Federation Chiefs
Francesca and John Gettings
Fluff and Feathers-The Golden Lance
When a child receives his or her Golden Lance, it represents the culmination of 3 years of hard
work and tons of fun in the Indian Guides and Princesses program. The basis of the Golden Lance is
the Fluff and Feather awards program which is designed to bring children and dads closer together by
working together to accomplish various goals. Each goal allows the child to obtain both satisfaction
and recognition for reaching the goal. Along the way, Guides and Princesses learn valuable lessons
about responsibility, persistence, goal-setting, planning, and other valuable lessons.
For each task a child successfully completes, he/she receives a feather, which he or she will attach
to their lance. After a 3rd year Guide or Princess receives 50 feathers (and his/her father has successfully
made the lance!), the child is eligible to participate in the Golden Lance awards ceremony during Spring
Camp. Each child that reaches this level of achievement will be recognized at Spring Camp, given a
special award and a certificate. The following list represents those 3rd year Guides and Princesses that
have achieved this ultimate accomplishment. Congratulations to them all!
Cheyenne Walla Walla Mahwah
Allison Easton Little Forked Lightning Wyatt Bagnall Kokoum Matthew Chane Little Twig
Danica Guerrero Little Lightning Bolt Jonathon Luner Flying Bear Jack Dorian Fast Lizard
Natalie Lavacca Fluffy Cloud David Levenson Red Eagle Josh Glasberg Wind Bird
Hannah Markow Little Deer Daniel Magat Little Iron Horse
Papish Markow Gracie Rainbow Flower Samuel Rinkov Little Bear
Sheehan Markow Meggie Snow Flower Chippewa Benjamin Zimmerman
Becca Stelman Rainbow Rabbit Ashley Stephens Tiger Lilly Biting Python
Kelsi Tanenbaum Golden Sunshine
Breann Tobias Little Star Iroquois Sioux
Skyler Wolpert Little Sunshine Jakob Friedman Crouching Tiger
Hunter Rich Red Hawk
Colin Brunson Running Stream Zachary Gordon Brave Wolf
Maricopa Austin Comegys Blue Fish Joshua Khorsandi Shooting Star
Natasha Rowland Running Rabbit Max Stein Running Lizard Christopher Lim Little Brown Bear
Henry Weddle Badger Claw Jonathon Pietch Great Buffalo
Rocket Launch, 2006
Wow! Rocket Day was a real “Blast” this year. We all had an awesome time.
Everyone had a spectacular day of rocket flying! The rockets were terrific, the kids
did a great job with the designs, colors,
and the finishing on the rockets was
incredible. We shot over 500 rockets in
one day without a “hitch”.... And as a special
surprise, everyone got to see some “really big” High
Power Rockets get shot off for fun.
Families came and watched as the kids rockets went
soaring into the sky and parachuted down safely. All in all, a
great time was had by all. We send a great big “Thank you” to all
of you who helped at Rocket Launch. Our helpers were great: Hal
Roseman, Greg Hillman and family, Greg Sprague, JJ and Blake and
the girls were fantastic, Bruce Blumenthal, Howard Lim, Dan Friedman,
Pat, Ronnie, Chrissy, and Peter from the “Y”, and many others who were
just terrific in helping make rocket day a great success. We also want to
thank all the tribes that contributed and helped on Rocket Day as all of you deserve a
standing ovation! We thank all of you for your help in making Rocket Day the best.
Until the next time, keep your “nose” skyward and “fly high, fly safe....
Ken & Zachary Gordon, War Chiefs and Rocketmen
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
We have saved the best event for last. Come out to Chavez Ravine on Sunday, June
4th with the entire family to watch the Dodgers take on the Philadelphia Phillies.
Going to a ball game with your dad is an event that your child will always remember.
However, this game will be especially memorable, because it is Autograph and Parade
Day. If your child is wearing a Little League uniform, they will be allowed onto the field
to get autographs from their favorite players.
The game begins at 1:10, but arrive no later than 11:30 if you plan on going down
onto the field for autographs. There are a limited number of seats, so have your Chief
send in the sign up sheet as soon as possible (there are no individual sign ups). If you have
any questions, please contact Brett Morris at (818) 874-8605.
A Summer with the It’s Time for
Quality Programs Spring Camp!!!
How! How! Everyone. The year
and Great Value... has gone by so quickly and it almost
Activities and trips make your summer the time for one of my favorite events.
best ever! That’s right, Spring Camp is just around
On-site arts, crafts, science, drama. the corner. A fabulous weekend
Trips to the beach, local amusement parks. awaits you at Leo Carillo State Park
Resident camps to Catalina and Caravan to and Beach on the weekend of May
San Diego Camp Surf. 19-21. It’s less than 30 minutes from
Age appropriate activities for kindergarten Westlake/Agoura so come on down
through teens! Extended hours and day trips for the Friday night Movie under the
at no additional cost!
stars. Saturday morning we’ll be exploring the tidepools and in the
Caring, trained YMCA staff. afternoon you can either join in our beach events or hike and explore
The YMCA has offered the trails. Campfire this year will be on the beach, come a little early
summer camp experiences and watch the sun set over the Pacific with your guide or princess.
for 120 consecutive years!
And nobody does it better. This is an event you can’t miss!
Call today! This is truly a great event. Remember our Motto “Through
your child’s eyes…”. It is an experience you and your brave / princess
will remember for a lifetime.
Triunfo YMCA If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to
contact War Chief Doug Easton at 818-991-9301 or by email
March was a busy month for the
Focus On... Cheyenne tribe. Rather than hold our
monthly meeting at the teepee of one of
our families, we took a field trip to the
Chumash Interpretive Center at Oakbrook Upcoming
Regional Park in Lang Ranch. The girls
enjoyed a night hike to a Chumash Village.
Allison earned a feather for her lance by May
reading an authentic Chumash legend to the
13 Pancake Carnival
tribe. Back at the museum, the girls and
19-21 Spring Camp
dads were able to see artifacts from the daily June
lives of the Native Americans who lived in 4 Dodger Game
our area thousands of years ago. Many thanks 6 Longhouse
to our new friends at the Chumash
Interpretive Center for making our visit
13 Pancake Carnival
19-21 Spring Camp
4 Dodger Game
Trail Mix Trailblazers
A big thanks to those who attended the Joshua Tree outing! We had a great
time, and the scenery was awesome.
Another big thanks to Vin Fichter for setting up the presentation by Ranger
Ohlfs. The event would not have been what it was without his involvement.
What a great job climbing by our Trailblazer Kids and their families. As for
3 Trail Council
13 Pancake Carnival
31 Trail Council
4 Dodger Game
9 - 11 Kern River
YMCA Gets a Leg up on the Coming Year
Michael Siteman is joining in as Co-War chief to kick off the new year of YMCA
Indian Guides and Indian Princesses starting in September 2006. Why should we have to
wait until Fall Camp to get our tribes together for the first event of the year?? If we plan
a new event earlier in the year, we can help the Y and our tribes climb to new heights!
So, here’s the deal, we’re setting a date in September 2006 to climb at Boulderdash in
Westlake Village. Conveniently located on Hampshire Road just west of Westlake Blvd.
in the Water Court Building (880-A Hampshire Rd.), Boulderdash contains some of the
tallest inside Rock Climbing walls in all of Southern California. The supervision ratio of
guides to participants at 1:5 is excellent and will promote safety and fun. Dads, Sons and
Daughters will all have an opportunity to climb. Everything you need to have a great time
will be provided including shoes, ropes and food. There will be three sessions on a
September Saturday from which to choose, which should fit nicely into everyone’s schedule.
This event is primarily for second and third year tribes. Chiefs, start promoting this with
your tribes now, because the better the turnout, the more fun we’ll have. Watch your email
over the summer for more details!!
MIWOKS DONATE WAMPUM TO
Focus On... PENNIES FOR PATIENTS
I’m a proud chief and would like to share with the Smoke Signal readers why. Recently,
Yerba Buena Elementary school started a program called Pennies For Patients, which is a
very low key fund raising drive to help children with terminal illnesses. In each of the
classrooms a small box has been placed where students can drop any spare change they
have. The program seems to be popular, and at the last Miwok meeting the boys decided
they would donate their wampum to the cause. Although, the sum of $50 may not sound
like a lot of money, it is a good deal more than the handful of coins usually dropped in
those school boxes. So, to each of the Miwoks, I want you to know how proud I am of
you, and hope you realize that your donation is a fairly unusual thing for a group of 6 year
olds to do. You boys are special individuals and deserve all the blessings the Great Spirit
has to offer.
The Miwok braves are Taylor Knigin, Ryan Kravitz, Brett Candioty, David Friedl,
Miwoks Adam Holley, Charlie Morris, Jeremy Zacuto, Sebby Nunez, Micah Moss, Aidan Babson,
and Andrew Gutt.
COME AND GET IT!
Don't forget the Pancake Breakfast and
coming up soon!
May 13, 2006 at
Oak Park High
School. 7am is
the start time.
There's a carnival
for the kids to
enjoy, and lots of
Y staff on hand to ask questions about other
Come brave the dad's cooking breakfast
for hundreds simultaneously ... don't be
afraid, no one has had to go to the emergency
room ... yet. :)
Tickets are sold by those in the program
-- so if you haven't gotten your tickets, talk
to your chief, or give the Y a call. There are
prizes for those that sell the most tickets ...
including the top prize of a Sony PSP!!.
Sponsored by many in the community
including Trader Joes and El Pollo Loco.
Order of the White Buffalo
As the race toward the 800 point mark very important time to break in the new guy
for the Order of the White Buffalo heads so that he can hit the ground running next
into it’s final stages, it is amazing to me to September. The existing chief should
see that nine tribes have made it over the bring the new chief to the next
top already. Congratulations go out to the longhouse.
Miwok, Wolfpack, Wallawalla, Chumash, So what’s new about next year? For
Ohana, Iroquois, Little Squaws, Shawnee starters, unlike in previous years, we will not
and Sioux. Though your fine efforts at open with Fall Camp being the first event.
volunteering to help make our federation As you will read elsewhere in this
events a success and due to planning publication, Michael Siteman will be running
additional tribal activities within your own an indoor rock climbing event for already
tribes, you have created some of the most existing tribes right here in town at
cohesive tribes in the YMCA program. Boulderdash. Come join the fun as we see
WELL DONE!!! which dads and kids are up for the “big walls”
For a moment, let me change hats, and, once up there, if any of them will join
feathers, bonnets, hairpieces or whatever it me in taking a “whipper” off the top of the
is that I am supposed to be changing into prow or the top of the cave. It will be a blast
next year to assume the leadership role. and, well, let me let Michael tell you more
Looking ahead, I can tell you that we are set about it in his article.....
up to have a tremendous year next year with Miwok 1405 Bears 730
at least two brand new events on the books. Wallawalla 1225 Seminole 665
To get ready for next year, if you are a first Wolf Pack 1085 Mugwumps 570
or second year tribe, you should be Shawnee 945 Wild Horses 435
Ohana 885 Ahwahnee 390
conducting a coup, overthrowing your old Chumash 885 Comanche 255
tribal chief, and replacing him with a new Iroquios 845 Blackfoot 210
one. (You do, if your tribal chief consents, Little Squaws 825 Dakotas 145
have the right to stay with the tried and true Sioux 800 Arapaho 135
guy), but either way, May Longhouse is a Cheyenne 755 Maricopa 25
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