Ask an old Merri-Mac camper from the 1940’s or 50’s what camp tribe she is in and she will say “I AM a Choctaw,” or “I AM a Seminole,” or “I AM an Iroquois.” Seldom will you hear “I was.” There is a sense of permanence that gives our campers a base, a stability, in a sometimes too rapidly changing world. Those same former campers can walk into the Merri-Mac Dining Hall today and hear the same songs sung today as they sang them more than 60 years ago.
A Tribe and Much More
Each camper or counselor joins an Indian tribe soon after arriving at camp. When you become a Iroquois, Choctaw, or Seminole at initiation, you have joined a life long group within the Merri-Mac family. Each night in camp, our evening activity is a competition between the three tribes. At the end of the session, the tribe with the most victories wins the Merri-Mac banner and some serious bragging rights.
Unity and Traditions
The Merri-Mac program may change somewhat from year to year, giving new excitement and adventure. The traditions, however, hold firm and consistent, providing life-long friendships and unity.
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