Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:08

2013 Camp Improvements

If you haven’t visited Camp Geiger this offseason, you may be in for a few surprises upon your arrival this summer. Good surprises, of course!

As usual, the Camp Facilities Committee has been very busy this fall, winter and spring adding multiple improvements at the Geiger Reservation. The two most notable additions are the complete renovation of the Short Arrow Campsite and the NEW Jumping Bear Museum.

In time for the 2013 camping season, the Short Arrow Campsite will be unlike any campsite ever before on the Geiger Reservation. To supplement the enormous renovations and improvements around camp over the last several years, the Facilities Committee has now shifted their focus to the campsites. With the Short Arrow Campsite as their pilot project, volunteers have worked this entire offseason on taking down tents and putting up tipi’s for campers to sleep in during their stay at Camp Geiger.

In addition to the new creative housing quarters in the campsite, the theme will continue with a “mineshaft” latrine facility. “Our goal is that every campsite will have a theme, flushing toilets and a shelter,” said Ken Baker, Chief Little Pack Rock about the future of the campsite renovations. Baker also serves as the Vice-President of the Facilities Committee.

A more noticeable change upon your walk through camp will be at the Trading Post area. Across from the current Trading Post building will be the New Jumping Bear Museum. The former breezeway between the two buildings has been closed in and expanded and the entire building has been totally renovated.

It is little known knowledge that the Museum project actually began decades ago with ideas coming from many volunteers both together and along separate avenues. The current project came to fruition over the last 12 months when a committee was formed, “and we finally just did it,” Baker said.

A very large thanks goes out to the dozens of volunteers that have spent countless hours on each of these and all camp improvement projects this off-season. Our camp would not be as spectacular as it is without so many people that give so generously of their time and resources.

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Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:00

Newman Fundraiser a Success

The Second Annual Patrick L. Newman Scholarship Shoot was held Saturday, April 20 at the Geiger Shooting Complex. A total of 20 shooters participated while 6 others provided stand sponsorships. While the numbers are still being crunched, it’s estimated that this event will bring in over $1,000 for the scholarship.

Those who attended the event were treated to a great day of competition, fellowship, food and prizes. Bob Moore, MM Three Dogs said, “Any time you can get out to Camp Geiger is always a good day; any time you can come out and shoot with some good friends, it's even better.”

As this is the second year of holding this fundraiser, its popularity and attendance are still growing. The total 26 donors is an increase from the inaugural shoot held in 2012. The scholarship committee is already looking forward to an even greater turn out in 2014. Event Chairman, Mike Robertson said about the event, “We doubled the event in size from last year, and we’re looking to grow even further next year.”

This fundraiser supports the Patrick L. Newman Scholarship Fund, which has awarded a total of twenty $1,000 scholarships to Tribesmen since 2003. Dick Boehner, Chieftain Sees the Sun notes that, “The scholarship was created in honor of Patrick L. Newman, MM Wet Firesticks by his friends.  During his lifetime, Newman was an avid champion of the achievements possible through education and often imagined a Mic-O-Say scholarship to support younger Tribesmen in that effort.”

Along with the Shotgun Shoot held every spring, there is a golf fundraiser held every fall. Keep in touch with our calendar and upcoming events page throughout the summer for details about how to get involved with the annual golf fundraiser.

Click here for more information on how you can support or apply for the Patrick L. Newman Scholarship.

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Saturday, 20 April 2013 17:35

New SEC Chairman

Dave Thomas, Sachem Smoke Sky, took over the chairman position of the Special Events Committee earlier this spring. He takes the place of Mike Gerhardt, MM Ajita, who also currently serves as the summer camp Mic-O-Say Director.

Gerhardt served as the committee’s chairman for 4 years. “As the outgoing chairman, I am very pleased to have such an excellent replacement!” Said Gerhardt about the changing roles.

Thomas, who also serves as the Tribe’s Financial Director, is looking forward to sustaining and building upon the previous success of the committee.  “It’s going to be a challenge. Mike Gerhardt has set the bar extremely high,” were some of Thomas’s thoughts on the transition. View the full interview above for more of what Dave had to say about his new role.

Responsibilities of the Special Events Committee include organizing annual Tribal events such as the Pow-Wow, Conclave and Feast, as well as other events like the yearly Eagle Scout and Council Recognition Dinners.

For more information about how to play a role in planning and organizing these events through the Special Events Committee, stop in at the Mic-O-Say office this summer and inquire with the Mic-O-Say Staff.

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