Thursday, 05 September 2013 23:44

Camp Geiger Staff Alumni Dinner


By James Arcano
KSB Wild Animal

Registration for the Staff Alumni Dinner is now closed. However, walk-ins will be welcome for no additional charge. 

October 5, 2013
6:00 PM - Dinner is Served

Dining Hall
Geiger Reservation

9525 County Road 388
St. Joseph, MO  64505

$12 includes:
  Dinner and Program

The Special Events Committee will be hosting the first-ever Camp Geiger Staff Alumni Dinner on October 5, 2013 in the Dining Hall on the Reservation at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will cost $12 with a special program honoring the staff of 1965 to follow. The C.O.P.E. course and shotgun range will open at 1:00 p.m. for anyone in attendance.  

Chris Thomas, Sachem Little Smoke Sky, has requested if you have any pictures from your time on Staff which you would like added to the Tribe’s database, please send them to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you would like more information on this event, contact Chris Thomas.


Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:33

Inner Circle Moves to the Reservation

By Aaron Babel
Firebuilder Lone Falcon

The Inner Circle Trade Company, which has served the costuming needs of Mic-O-Say Tribesmen for the last 15 years, now has a permanent home on the Geiger Reservation.  Darrell Jones, Chieftain Short Fire, has owned and operated the company for the last several years, providing quality costume supplies for anyone from the newest Brave to the most seasoned Tribesman.  As of August 1, 2013 the Inner Circle Trade Company became a non-profit organization, meaning that it is no longer owned and operated by Chieftain Short Fire and family.  Now, when you buy costume supplies from the Inner Circle, all proceeds will go directly to the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

The new location for the Inner Circle Trade Company will be at the south end of the Flaming Crow Trading Post.  The store will be open during the off-season at Camp, with hours to be announced at a later date.  Renovations are already taking place to double the current size of the Mic-O-Say room in the Trading Post.  In addition, there will be a “Tribesmen only” door for entrance into the store. 

As you are looking to complete your Mic-O-Say costume this off-season, keep in mind the new location of the Inner Circle Trade Company.  With a short drive to Camp Geiger or a visit to their website,, you can purchase quality costume supplies.  And now as you work on your costume, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are not only helping yourself, but also the younger and weaker in the process.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:56

2013 Camping Season Recap

By James Arcano
KSB Wild Animal

With Pow Wow fresh in many Scouts’ minds, it is hard to believe the Camping Season for 2013 is over. This year at Camp Geiger there were close to 1800 Scouts and 600 leaders in attendance. Several Scouts completed merit badges in the brand new Trades area. The main focus of the Trades area was to expose the young men to potential career fields. Law and Public Speaking were moved to the new area with Veterinarian Medicine, Dentistry, Plumbing, and Bugling added in.

Geiger 60 had continual success with many records being broken. In addition to the organized competitions, there were several unorganized activities for the less competitive Scouts to participate in. The program will carry on into the 2014 Camping Season to give next year’s Scouts yet another chance to break the Camp-wide records.

Along with new records in the Geiger 60, there were record lows for temperatures this summer. “The weather was absolutely amazing. We had several very nice days which turned into beautiful nights for ceremonies,” says Tony Sasso, MM Talons Bare White Eagle, Camp Director.

The remodeling of the Flaming Crow Trading post was a big hit with Scouts and Staff members alike. Staff member, Noah Bielby, KSB Little Speedy Fire, stated, “I appreciated the expansion of the trading post. It cut down on some congestion and also allowed for more customers to enjoy the store. I believe next year and in years to come, the area will be used in a shopper’s best interest.”

Already working on next year, Program Director, Aaron Lewis, Sachem Little Silent Counter, said that, “While it is still very early in the planning process, Welding is for certain going to be added [next year], thanks to some equipment donations from National.” There have also been discussions of Radio being added in for the 2014 camping season. 2014 will also bring new improvements to Camp as the new Short Arrow Campsite will be completed.

To receive information about all the additions happening in the 2014 Camping Season and to apply for one of the greatest staffs in the nation, visit the council’s website,

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Friday, 16 August 2013 10:19

2013 Pow-Wow Recap

By: Brandon Keller
KSB Little Strong Mustang

The weekend of August 2-4 brought one of the largest crowds ever of 481 Tribesmen to the Geiger Reservation to partake in this year’s Pow-Wow “Redneck Games.” The event kicked off on Friday night with a Pow-Wow, a great chance for all of the Tribesmen in attendance to shake the dust out of their costumes and work out all of the kinks in their dancing abilities before the competitions took place on Saturday night. Friday night was capped off with a wonderful cracker barrel provided by our cook staff.

The Saturday festivities kicked off bright and early with a hearty country breakfast of biscuits and gravy and hash browns served in the Dining Hall. The morning was filled with the meetings of dance teams, rank and paint stations and special groups, such as Make Talk Now. An all-you-can-eat lunch was served, which included hot dogs, hamburgers, freshly-fried French fries and fresh pork rinds. Everyone enjoyed the meal, and many were going back for seconds, thirds and even fourths. Following the meal, everyone headed over to the Council Ring for the opening of the 2013 Redneck Games! After Co-Chairmen Cody Lehman (Sachem Little Strong Parchment) and Bill Harkendorff (Sachem Rain Fox) shared the rules for the day, all Tribesmen were split into groups and sent on their way to start the games. Games that could be found around were lawn mower racing, where Tribesmen would have to help a blindfolded group member steer the riding lawn mower they pushed through an obstacle course. They also partook in redneck bowling and redneck horseshoes, as well as many entertaining casino other games!

At the end of the games, all Tribesmen assembled met in the Council Ring to watch the top two teams from the games battle it out in a head-to-head eating contest. Tribesmen in the contest had to eat everything from an apple pie, to chili cheese dogs, to a plate of jalapenos. Following the contest, Tribesmen were greeted with some free time, as the 2013-2014 Warriors’ Council had their first official meeting of the year. Dinner that evening was a delicious meal of BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls and homemade cheesecake. That night, Tribesmen adorned themselves in their regalia and headed to the Running Horse Council Ring for the costume and dance competitions. The night also included multiple Pow-Wows, and ended with a big bang as fireworks rained over the camp at the conclusion of the program.

All Tribesmen had a great time, and a big thanks goes out to the many people that gave forth a multitude of hours of preparation to plan and get ready for this fantastic event! 

Sunday, 30 June 2013 15:23

Ken Paden


Featured Tribesmen

Ken Paden, Senior MM Least Red Clock

As we were headed to ceremonies this year, Medicine Man Little Willing Talker asked me how many ceremonies had I missed since we became Tribesmen 50 years ago? He was tapped second session and I was tapped third session in 1963. I thought for a moment and said maybe a dozen. I remember coming back fourth session to see what ceremonies looked like on the ridge. Ask anyone from 3rd session ’63 and they will tell you about the rain. It started raining at 5:30am, the Runners were kind enough to get the Foxmen up at 5:00am before it hit, and it stopped about 2:00pm. We had just finished half of our testing when the monsoon hit again and ceremonies were moved to Goetz Lodge. So, fourth session I returned to see what ceremonies were really like and I saw my brother, Wally, who was my tapper, advance to Keeper. Our troop came out fifth session of ’64 when I advanced to Warrior and I have been on the Staff since 1965. The other ceremonies I missed were when I had student competing at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held first or second weeks of camp. When you think about it, I have seen or been a part of a number of ceremonies.

During the last 50 years I have seen proposed changes in ceremonies that have stayed and some ideas that have died out after only a couple of years. I was part of the first group that went through the Warriors ceremonies to advance to Firebuilder. Before then, only Silent Braves knew for sure they were going to advance. But do you remember Pathfinders (Oh wait, the man who proposed that idea said it had nothing to do with Mic-O-Say); or the sacred pole that lead the Scouts to and from Story Fire?

I spoke with and listened to H. Roe Bartle (Chief Lone Bear) when he was at the last ceremony in 1972. Just as a side note to any staff member – I made him an honorary member of E-Ba-Dee, much to Bill Kent’s (Sachem Little Magic Wire) concern that night. He told me he would be sure to add that honor to his list of Who’s Who. He must have truly understood that everything in E-Ba-Dee is backwards as I never saw it listed. I have talked tribal history with Lloyd Schmidt (MM Tree Hunter); seen Dick Boehner (Chieftain Sees the Sun) “get cute with the Chief” Finley Fiske (Chief Swift Spear) when he advanced to TTB; remember every Thursday night Marvin Atkins (MM Peace Keeper) would lose his voice; saw Marc Stine’s tapping fire and remember the night he advanced to Medicine Man; I directed ceremonies second week of ’82 when Roger Thom (Ceremonial Chief Swimming Rock), then Directing Medicine Man, was unable to be at camp; I was there the night that Ken Baker (Little Pack Rock) went from the DMM to Ceremonial Chief and Ed Stroud (Walks Tall) became the DMM. I could go on and on, but the hour grows late and there is much ceremony. Besides, I was told to keep it brief.

I have been Blessed to be a Tribesman for 50 years and been able to participate in over 280 ceremonies. Truly there is much friendship and leadership in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. So, to the friends I grew up with, my friends of today, and the friends I have yet to meet, may you find the love of Mic-O-Say come to mean as much to you as it does to me.

Ken Paden

Senior Medicine Man Least Red Clock

Sunday, 30 June 2013 15:19

Lon E. Edwards

Lon E. Edwards, MM Little Willing Talker

My 50 years in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say began on July 4, 1963 and over this period of time I have made hundreds of friends and been witness to many bazaar events and personalities. But those stories can wait to be recounted until my 100th anniversary.

It is because of a series of “divine” circumstances soon after a Brave’s Claw was placed about my neck that I was even able to celebrate my 1st anniversary in the Tribe.

Starting the very day after returning from Camp as Brave Little Willing Talker, I had already begun dreaming about how I would construct my Brave’s costume. I had to decide the primary color of my bustle. Since I was now quite knowledgeable in Indian Lore…after all, I was a BRAVE in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, I knew that there were several possibilities. Just then! OH MY! WAIT!!! What KIND of bustle must be decided first. Whew! Nearly a fatal mistake! Such decisions could not be entered into lightly. Why, “…the Hills and Valleys” of my Reservation must surely be littered with the frame-work carcasses of bustles that didn’t pass muster!

Now in the summer of 1963, my father, Honorary Warrior Willing Talker, was the general Traffic Manager at the Regional Headquarters of MFA. (3rd & Cherokee Streets in South St Joseph). One evening, Dad came home from work and delivered some very somber news to the family. MFA Regional Headquarters had announced that they were “packing it in” and moving the Regional HQ to Columbia, Missouri. Dad was to be transferred to Columbia, Missouri, which in my mind must surely be somewhere between Carson City, Nevada and Timbuktu.

WHAT?? WHAT’S THIS?? Thoughts of my Brave’s costume were immediately crushed by the weight of this disturbing news. Would I be relegated to being a (gulp!) Brave forever? How was I to become the fiercest Runner on the planet?

Mom tried to mitigate. “Lonnie, I’m sure that Columbia, Missouri has a Boy Scout Troop and a Boy Scout Camp!”. AAARRGGHHH!!!! HAS MY OWN MOTHER GONE DAFT? There may be Troops and Camps BUT…no Mic-O-Say! I began the search for a bamboo Harakiri mat.

Let me add a footnote here. Times and protocols were much different in the 1960s. There were no Out-of-Council Troops camping at Geiger. There were no Out -of-Council folk (…to my knowledge) who came back to serve on Camp Staff or advance in Tribal Rank and Paint Station. In those days, you joined a Troop close to where you lived and your BSA summer camping experience was done at YOUR Council Camp. To do otherwise would be…well, it just wasn’t done!

The drama surrounding my moping for the next few weeks knew no bounds. Undeterred, Mom and Dad went off one weekend to look for housing in Columbia. I needed a plan and needed one quick! I wonder if I could stow-away on a river barge for a few years? I wonder if there would be enough sunlight penetrating into a river barge to build a bustle?

Though a complicated man, I could read my Dad like a book! I had long ago broken the code to figure out how his day had gone at any point in time. Upon the folks return from house hunting, I immediately put my sensory perception to work.

“…can you believe how *&%^(#@ expensive it is? Why we could live in St Joseph $*@#%$ for *#@)*& half what those %#!(#@ thieves…those *(#$%+=! pirates want in *(#@)*^! Columbia!”.

Considering that this one-sided conversation had likely been going on non-stop from Columbia to St Joseph, I figured that this was no time for my trivialities. I retired to the backyard where Dad’s verbal account of the trip could still be monitored.

So to “fast-forward”, ultimately, it was because of my parent’s frugal tendencies as well as the inflated college town cost-of-living that kept them in St Joseph for just a bit longer…long enough that by Thanksgiving, Dad had secured a position with Walnut Products in St Joseph as their general Traffic Manager.

At any rate, my Mic-O-Say career continued and I learned early on that the things we love to do the most can be taken from us without warning. I suppose that this is why it isn’t much work for me to enjoy every minute while at Camp Geiger and I relish every moment as a member of “…the great and mighty Mic-O-Say”.



Lon E. Edwards
Medicine Man Little Willing Talker

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:49

Jumping Bear Museum Dedication

If you plan on being at the 2013 Tribal Feast on June 1, then you're in for an extra treat. A special dedication ceremony will be held at the NEW Jumping Bear Museum right after dinner.

The new museum has been in the works this entire off-season, and it's ready to be showcased this summer as a spectacular addition to Camp Geiger. The Jumping Bear Museum will be found directly across the building from the Flaming Crow Trading Post where the Commissionor's office was previously located.

At the dedication ceremony, Tribesmen will have the opportunity to get a brief sneak peak at the inside of the museum before the Chieftain Ceremony begins later in the night. While the sneak peak will be great and only availble for those at the Feast, everyone is encouraged to make sure and visit the museum duing your session at Camp to get an opportunity to really see all the memorable artifacts and learn a little more about the history of Scouting and Mic-O-Say in the Pony Express Council.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:12

Tribe Launches New Website

If you’re reading this, then you already know…

The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website on May 1, 2013. Anticipation and speculation both were running high for months as word was getting around that a new website was nearing completion. Now it’s here, and it truly is a giant leap forward in 21st Century media for the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

The Tribe’s website URL remains, but the landscape, capabilities, and resources available through the new website are now greatly enhanced for both members of the Tribe as well as community members and other non-Tribesmen interested in Mic-O-Say and Scouting in the Pony Express Council.

A more sophisticated website has been the vision of many Tribal leaders for some time now. Rick Gerhardt, MM Ho Ke Ya Pe, states, “The new website is going to be great for the Tribe in a number of different ways both right now and far down the road.” Gerhardt, who currently serves as the Tribal Recorder and also spent time administering the previous website, played an instrumental role in getting the new website off the ground after it was developed by Green Tie Marketing, an award winning web design team based in Kansas City, MO.

You’ve spent enough time reading about the new website; now go check out all the fun new features! Be sure to stop by your Dance Team page as well as the upcoming events and news pages to stay in touch with all things Mic-O-Say as Summer Camp time is quickly approaching!

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:26

It's A Three Dog Sweep

Bob Moore, Medicine Man Three Dogs, set Tribal History in 2012-13 by bringing winning teams to BOTH of the Patrick L. Newman Scholarship Fundraisers this off-season. After winning the Golf Tournament in September of 2012, Moore took home both the individual and team honors at the recent Sporting Clay Shoot on April 20.

Moore is already hopeful to keep the streak alive by winning back-to-back Golf Tournaments this coming September. He has publicly called out any Tribesman or Non-Tribesman that thinks they can bring a better golf team, “we’re looking forward to hoisting the trophy again in September, and we’re honestly not too worried about the competition.”

With these fierce words being brought to the Tribe’s attention, the Golf Tournament is anticipated to fill up quickly as several teams will be ready to take on the challenge. The Golf Tournament will be held September 28 this year at the Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, MO. Stay tuned here at the Mic-O-Say website as more information and registration details become available throughout the summer.

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The Tribal Council has announced that each individual Tribesman will now be responsible for the outcome of his own advancement! 

Okay, it’s not REALLY a new policy.  It is the same policy by which we have always decided advancements.  But it is, nonetheless, just as true today as it has ever been.  Each Tribesman should know the requirements for his next advancement, and those requirements are to be completed PRIOR to arriving for his Summer camping session.

Here is a quick general checklist for Advancement 101:

  • Advance in Scout Rank (see individual ranks below for specific details)
  • Be active in your local Scouting Unit
  • Be a leader
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Construct a costume, complete with all items required for your rank or paint station

The good news is, well over 90% of Braves, Warriors, Firebuilders, and Tom-Tom Beaters that return to camp, DO advance.   They advance, because they each take on the personal responsibility to complete the requirements.  Does that sound a lot like advancement in Scout Rank?  Good, it should!

NEWS FLASH: The Tribal Council WANTS you to advance.  It is YOUR responsibility to complete all requirements.  There are many people willing to assist you.  Your Scoutmaster and other troop leaders, your parents, fellow scouts, fellow Tribesmen, the list goes on and on!

Below, are listed many of the common obstacles to advancement, specific to each rank and paint station.  A complete list of advancement requirements may be found in the Red Book.


  • BE A LIFE SCOUT.  Scout Rank is by far the most common obstacle to advancement.  No matter what rank a Scout was when he was tapped, he is expected to be a Life Scout when he returns to camp.  Completion of these rank requirements should take place prior to arrival at camp.  If a Scout expects to complete these requirements during his week at camp, it is unlikely that he will advance to Warrior.  The Tribal Council makes very few exceptions to this requirement.
  • Construct a complete costume.  This is one area that, even if not completed prior to camp, can be completed at camp.  The Mic-O-Say staff is prepared to assist any Tribesman wishing to complete costuming during their stay at camp.  Many costuming supplies are available at little to no cost.  Getting started prior to camp is recommended.  Most Braves have resources available in their troop or district to get them started prior to camp.  Constructing a complete costume during your stay at camp can be time consuming, but it can be done, if you reserve two activity periods (in addition to dance practice) for this purpose.  The important thing to remember is, you can do it.  And if you need help, help is available. 

A complete Braves costume includes:

  • Lanyard and single claw
  • Headband with one feather
  • Face paint
  • Choker
  • Rattle
  • Solid colored gym shorts
  • Breech cloth
  • Knee Bells
  • Anklets or Apache leggings
  • Moccasins
  • Arm Bustles
  • Back Bustle


  • Be at least a Life Scout and make significant progress toward Eagle in the past year.
  • Earn Indian Lore Merit Badge
  • Complete costuming requirements.  A complete Warriors costume includes:
    • Complete Braves costume, as listed above, with the following additions:
    • Lanyard with Warrior claws
    • Add a second feather to headband
    • Beaded headband, beaded by the Warrior himself, from seed beads, minimum of one inch wide by six inches long. 
    • Neck Bustle. 
    • It is recommended that you complete the beaded headband and neck bustle prior to camp, however, materials and help are available in Mic-O-Say Lodge during your week at camp.  Please contact a member of the Mic-O-Say staff for assistance.


  • Be at least a Life Scout and make significant progress toward Eagle in the past year.
  • Complete costume requirements, as listed in the Red Book
  • Firebuilder assignments during your camping session may be time consuming.  It is recommended that you reserve one or two activity periods each day for this important task.  The success of all Mic-O-Say Ceremonies depends upon the dedicated effort of Firebuilders.  Specific instructions for your fire assignment are available in Mic-O-Say office.


  • Be an Eagle Scout.  Plan ahead, complete merit badges, complete project, complete the Eagle application.  Be an Eagle Scout.
  • Attend the Tom-Tom Beater’s Retreat on the morning of the Feast.  If you cannot attend this event, it is very important for you to contact the Directing Medicine Man to discuss the reason for your absence.
  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Complete costume requirements, as listed in the Red Book
  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Have you heard that it is important to be an Eagle Scout?  The Tribal Council makes very few exceptions to this requirement.


As experienced Tribesmen and leaders, there is little need to remind you of your Tribal responsibilities and requirements for advancement. 

As always, questions regarding advancement may be addressed to any member of the Tribal Council.

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