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We use the tribe system in all Special Love events.  Tribal leaders will determine each tribe’s name during staff orientation.  The tribes colors are:


  1. Green
  2. Blue
  3. Red
  4. Orange
  5. Purple (Big Feet)

Camp Language:  ‘How How’

We say ‘How How’ to show appreciation.

Tribe Officers:



Song and cheer leader

Fire Keeper


Chiefs are selected prior to camp by the camp director.  Each tribe selects the other officers.



The Camp Fire is the showcase of Camp Fantastic.

The successful Camp Fantastic campfire is the well planned program.  It is the program which the campers themselves understand, plan for and carry out to their own enjoyment and satisfaction.

The type of program should be agreed upon at the meeting of the campfire committee.  This includes the Big Chief, the camp director, the asst. camp director, tribal chiefs and any other persons who are on the committee.  Following this the chiefs meet with their tribes to work out their portion of the campfire program.  Often much talent is hidden among their tribe members.  To ferret out this talent and to encourage its owner to use it at campfire is the responsibility of the tribal chiefs.  In the representation of each tribe there are boys and girls, who sing, play musical instruments, do challenges, tell stories, etc.  To build the tribes part of the program around these talents is a safe way to begin.



Held daily after lunch

They provide opportunity:

  1. To learn tribe songs and yells
  2. For members to become acquainted
  3. To plan stunts and challenges for campfire, or to prepare part for other evening activity
  4. To select teams for afternoon recreational events
  5. To develop tribe spirit


How do you work with chiefs and scribes to get ready for campfire?

  1. Observe and know what is going on all week.
  2. Suggest and compromise
  3. Ask for new ideas and suggestions
  4. Know what you have to work with as far as physical atmosphere is concerned.
  5. Use tact – be firm, fair and friendly.



Variety is the spice of the life of the Camp Fantastic Camp Fire program.

It may be one of the light-hearted fun, or it may be as serious as you may please.  Often a part of the program is of a lighter vein, while its completion embodies the more serious – a good combination.  The climax comes with the closing – a good story or other inspirational number.

What may be included in council circles?

  1. Laws of the council
  2. Scout reports
  3. Tribal songs and yells
  4. Stories (legend, tall tales)
  5. Special songs
  6. Pretty and funny stunts
  7. Physical or mental challenges
  8. Special reports
  9. Camp Fantastic history
  10. Claiming of honors
  11. Challenges from director to be good campers
  12. Closing song


Plan with chiefs: plan more than you need, make sure you have a Fire Keeper.


  • Plan with chiefs: plan more than you need, make sure you have a Fire Keeper.
    • Setting
    • Facilities
    • Safety
  • Check council circle area personally
  • Check wood supply
    • Type of wood
    • Dryness
  • Make a list of things to be done in council circle
    • Activities
    • Things you want to get across
    • Songs
  • Know how you are going to run through activities
    • Set quitting time:
    • Have time in mind
    • Quit when ebb is high.


    The key to a good council circle is the Big Chief

    Song leader, work very close with that person

    Song leader is valuable

    Know songs

    List of songs – know and use favorites of group

    Be ready – anticipate

    Watch mood – study your Big Chief

    Be alive on the council rock

    Not too serious, except when trying to put across a point.  Be friendly and understanding

    Keep things moving

    Speak loud and clear enough for all to hear, but do not try to shout down campers

    Make the best of situations.  Personal criticism of an individual can affect entire camp.

    Give variety to campfire in the way you do things

    Opening council circle:

    Song – active to quiet – not too fast

    Opening remarks before fire is lit

    Some activities may be conducted before lighting the fire (it is usually dark when we start)

    Make it an impressive ceremony

    Closing council circle:

    Close with a challenge to the campers or foot for thought, a bit of philosophy, poem, etc., makes a good closing

    Climax the day

    Prepare for bed

    Quit on time and with interest high


    1. Make sure the wood is dry and fire keeper is prepared

    2. Do not build fire too early in the afternoon, as it will draw dampness

    3. Magic fires – use with care, avoid fire from heaven, Great Spirit lighting fire, etc.



    1. Do not try to be whole show

    2. Plan well

    3. Be alive, patient and understanding

    4. Study other people, observe how they work and what things click

    5. Be a part of the camp, but remain on a plane just above campers

    6. Camp Fire is a show window of camp

    7. Sense mood of camp – be alert for situations

    8. Know your age group work accordingly







    There are certain laws, or rules, which govern the conduct of those who sit in a Special Love Camp Fire. These are spoken of as "Laws of the Camp Fire." All campers should be familiar with and obedient to them. The most important laws are the following.

    1 The Camp Fire Circle should remain unbroken (Campers sit with elbows touching. When doing so they make better medicine)

    2, The word of honor is sacred

    3. Silence is observed while another is speaking.

    4. Only the Keeper of the Fire may cross the circle without first obtaining permission rom the Chief.

    5. Lights other than the camp fire are forbidden except by permission of the Chief.

    6. Wishing to speak, the camper rises, makes the Special Love sign and, says "O Chief", repeats his name, the name of his tribe, then waits for recognition before making his request.

    7. In expressing approval, campers say "How-How"

    8. Permission to leave the Camp Fire should be obtained from the Chief.  Likewise, If coming late to the campfire program, the camper should obtain the Chief’s permission before entering.

    NOTE: Laws of the Camp Fire are given soon after the fire has been lit.



    Each tribe composes a song and yell for the evening campfire program.


    As a starter, there is much merit in challenges. They are rather easy to do, hence afford an opening for the timid and inexperi enced to get started. >From ten to fifteen minutes devoted to challenges will lend a fine atmos phere to the campfire program.

    Challenges that call for physical prowess are usually the easiest ones to get new boys to participate. They like to show off their muscular skill and strength.

    What makes a good challenge (what are the characteristics of a desirable challenge?)

    1. Originality

    2. Safe

    3. Short

    4. Wide participation

    5. Demonstration

    6. Nothing is impossible

    7. Not a trick (depends on mood)

    8. Entertaining

    9. Clear explanation

    10. Visual

    11. Athletic type

    12. Suited to age group



    What makes a good stunt (what are the characteristics of a desirable stunt?)

    1. Entertaining – primary purpose

    2. As many participating as possible – not a mass thing

    3. Originality – new ideas

    4. Easily seen and heard

    5. Preparation and props simple

    6. Material on level of audience – all ages


    The Council Circle with its brightly burning fire, or with its dying embers, makes an, impressive setting for story telling.  And many, are the stories that are so told.

    Insofar as the Special Love Camp Fire program is, concerned stories may make up an important part of it. Campers like to indulge in a short story telling contest. They are particularly fond of doing "tall" stories, stories of their adventures, and others.

    Another use made of stories is at the conclusion of the campers' part of the Council Fire, program. A good story is a fitting climax--ah opportunity to add a wonderful bit of inspiration, or to present a challenge.

    The Camp Fire story need not be elaborate or long. In fact, a simple, short story expertly done is often preferable. The good storyteller makes his story live in the imagination of his listeners.

    In choosing a story to tell, the general theme of the evening program should be kept in mind. In addition, too, it is well to remember the needs of the campers themselves. .

    Some of the good stories for Camp Fire use are stories of the outdoors. They may be stories of animals, of trees, of places, of people.  Many of the good stories of the world are legends, and beautifully suited for Council Fire use


    The fire is an important feature of a good Council Circle program—one of the "make or break" items. Good fire builders are scarce in any camp. The sole purpose of the fire is to provide LIGHT with a minimum of heat. Consequently, the wood used should be dry and of the light-providing type. When split into small pieces and fed frequently to the fire, best re sults are obtained.

    A wise Chief will have the wood supply and preparations for the fire checked ahead of time. Such action pays big program dividends.

    The Log Cabin council fire is one of the safest and best for the camper to use.

    The fire should be so laid that starting is a simple and easy process. Dry material—fuzz-stick, shavings, etc. —should be placed in a convenient position to the lighter.


    When time for lighting the fire comes, the Chief may merely ask for silence while Fire Keeper does the lighting. Or, he may choose to make a few prelim inary remarks about the day's activi ties, the surroundings, etc., ahead of the lighting. This is a grand time to do a bit of ''stage-setting" for an im pressive beginning. Every chief should plan definitely, what he is to do at this time. It will be well invested.