For those of you who are new to Hawkeye let me give you a different outline of camp and camp life. A camper's life is organized around two things; (1) your cabin, and, (2) your tribe. Your cabin is a group of 6 to 12 kids your own gender and age and can change every year. Maybe this year you are in La Mejor Cabina (that’s Spanish and means The Best Cabin) and maybe next year you are in Brookside Lounge. In your cabin group you will make some of the best friends of your life.
Your tribe is different. I don’t mean you won’t make great friends, just that who is in the tribe with you and how it is determined is different. Tribes are for life. Even if you come to camp ten years from now as a counselor you will still be in the same tribe. Tribes become like another smaller family at camp. Tribes are made up of both male and female campers of all ages as well as CiT’s and counselors. Everyone, the cook, nurse, and the assistant director included are all members of one tribe or another. Everyone has a tribe or will be sorted into one a couple days after getting to camp!
The sorting happens during the first week at camp and is determined by, of course, the Sorting Bucket. This bucket is a magical object of indeterminate age and has no affiliation with one tribe or another. With absolute certainty the bucket decides for which tribe each individual is best suited. There will be no resorting as the bucket is infallible. Take some time to get to know each tribe in turn and see if you can figure out in which tribe you will end up.
Tribes are based on content from the same series of books, The Leatherstocking Tales, from which Camp Hawkeye got its name. The main character in the books was adopted by a Mohican family and his enemies were the Huron. Both the Iroquois and the Seneca are other large and well known Native American tribes though not necessarily particular to our region. The Hawkeye tribes have taken on characteristics of their own that are not necessarily related to those historically associated with the Native American tribes for which they are named.
After the first Sorting of the summer the tribe contest begins. Campers and staff from each tribe can earn and lose points from that point on for their tribe. The tribe with the most points at the end of the summer will be this year’s Tribe Contest Champion.
Will it be you?