Each week Merri-Mac gathers at the teepee. Legends are read, awards are given and handprints are left on standards. We do this because we think it is important to recognize growth in our campers, and equally important that they recognize it in themselves. It is important because we are made to live life together, to be challenged, grow and succeed, and to engage our world. These things are always best learned in families, but we believe they are next best learned at camp. We also believe that the things that happen at camp help girls grow and so we have designed our White Feather program to lay breadcrumbs on the trail for growth at camp.
As part of White Feather girls accumulate “marks” based on activity achievements, elective challenges (solo backpacking trips, two-match fires, running Tomahawk Trail, etc.) and cabin leadership. Each mark takes them a step closer to their next “promotion” and toward the highest rank of White Feather. With each mark and each promotion girls receive pins and necklaces, which we encourage them to keep on their camp pennant. The result is that through their years they will build a record of their camp accomplishments.
In the end the most important part of Merri-Mac Council comes after the ceremony is over. During cabin time on the evenings that we hold council the counselors will go to each camper to describe the gifts and abilities that they have noticed in her. This is where a girl who may never earn a White Feather Promotion, or a Gold Bar, or be elected to a tribal office, can be told about what we see God doing in her life and her and her contribution to the camp family.
Growth through friends and adventure!
The girls who received Elective Commendations this week are:
Big Dipper – Amelia W.
Blue Heaven – Riley M. and Ashley P.
Cloud Nine – Kathryn C. and Gabby K.
Dreams Begin – Adeline G. and Lizzie H.
Jiggity Jig – Ellie B.
Rainbow- Sydney C., Mary Elizabeth G., Claire H., and Gretchen N.
Sunnyside- Carolyn C., Hailey F., and Kathryn G.
The Camper Commendations received this week are:
Big Dipper – Caroline D. and Olivia S.
Blue Heaven – Willa M. and Everly H.
Cloud Nine – Mary Emma W. and Amy W.
Comet- Cameron F. and Sabrina R.
Cross Patch – Ellie G. and Josie M.
Dreams Begin – Nora Q. and Olivia E.
Dreams End – Hollis B. and Izzie O.
Happy Hollow – Brooke B. and Sallie D.
Jiggity Jig – Ellie B. and Grace M.
Jiggity Jog – Bailey C. and Lacey C.
Little Dipper – Emma W.
Milky Way – Lily R. and Katie W.
Moonmist – Erin I. and Stella G.
Rainbow – Ava W., Mary Elizabeth G., and Francesca B.
Stardust – Zoe H. and Jenna H.
Sun Drop – Anne Gordon S. and Johanna R.
Sunnyside – Glory W. and Carolyn C.
Sun Spot- Blair R.
The Robin – Molly C. and Anabel D.
Tweedle Dee – Lily M. and Anna Katherine B.
Tweedle Doe – Evie B. and Payton C.
Tweedle Dot – Caroline C.
Tweedle Dum – Claire L. and Kendall B.
Up Yonder – Spencer C. and Virginia L.
The Counselor Commendations received this week are:
Big Dipper – Josephine V. and Abby S.
Blue Heaven – Anna R. and Ashley P.
Cloud Nine – Mary Emma W. and Kathryn C.
Comet – Clarissa S. and Lindsay J.
Cross Patch – Dana B. and Eleanor T.
Dreams Begin – Adeline G. and Maddie L.
Dreams End – Anna Y. and Virginia C.
Happy Hollow – Brooke B. and Zoe K.
Jiggity Jig – Eva D. and Elizabeth G.
Jiggity Jog – Bailey C. and Jolie F.
Little Dipper – Haven G.
Milky Way – Sarah S. and May L.
Moonmist – Amelia S. and Amelia C.
Rainbow – Hannah F., Norah M., and Sydney C.
Stardust – Mae R. and Nikki F.
Sun Drop – Anne Gordon S. and Own M.
Sunnyside – Patterson G. and Heather C.
Sun Spot – Blair R.
The Robin – Brooke G. and Elizabeth A.
Tweedle Dee – Caroline C. S. and Elizabeth S.
Tweedle Doe – Lucy J. and Georgia Grace N.
Tweedle Dot – Caroline B.
Tweedle Dum – Uma V. and Allie P.
Up Yonder – Ella M. and Hannah S.
The Gold Bars received this week are:
Backpacking – Lizzie H.
Canoeing- Glory W. and Caroline K.
Competitive Swimming- Claire N.
Fitness- Carline D.
Lacrosse- Virginia C.
Mountain Biking- Virginia C.
The promotions received tonight are:
Cora A., Kendall B., Anna Katherine B., Miller B., Margaret B., Carlyn B., Sofia Celina B., Dylan C., Ansley C., Violet C., Leah C., Caroline C., Hannah D., Emily G., Ramey H., Julia H., Brigid H., Kelsi H., Lucy J., Lyla J., Claire L., Lily M., Mary N., Isabel P., Mercedes P., Caroline C. S., Elizabeth S., Sophia T., Sophia V., Uma V., Dawson W., and Lila Y.
Evie B., Caroline B., Payton C., Georgia H., Georgia Grace N., and Allie P.
Owen M. and Johanna R.
Anne Gordon S.
Eva B., Evie B., Brooke B., Bailey C., Gabriella D., Cecilia G., Anna H., Josie M., Ella M., Sophia S., Chloe Vosdoganes F., and Katie W.
Dana B., Ellie G., Jenna H., and Annabeth M.
Francesca B., Kathryn C., Savannah K., Willa M., Ashley P., and Anna Y.
Adeline G., Ashley Lauren J., Molly M., Norah M., Izzie O., and Clarissa S.
Ivy C., Kathryn G., Caroline K., and Glory W.