Campfires

Opening Campfire: Start your week off right on Sunday night when our staff puts on the opening campfire for your entertainment and enjoyment. Troop guides will lead troops to the campfire.

Commissioner Campfire: On Wednesday night the Camp Commissioners will conduct a “dress rehearsal” campfire.  Units will be assigned to one of the camps campfire areas where they will be given the opportunity to show off their song or skit but only the very best performances will get to perform at Friday nights closing campfire.

Tribe of Chawanakee Campfire: On Thursday night the spirit of the Native Americans who inhabited this land when Camp Chawanakee was just a dream will come out to induct new members into the tribe and to advance in rank those who have returned. The highlight of this campfire is the reading of the legend followed by a customized induction ceremony for the rank you are advancing to. End the evening listening to the sage advice of the mighty Sachem. Scouts must either have completed their service hours prior this campfire, or swear on their honor as a scout that they will before they leave. Adults are welcome too!

Closing Campfire: Friday evening at the Point Campfire Bowl there will be a variety show second to none and you provide the songs and skits. That’s right, the troops are the main attraction here so plan to participate. The highlight of the campfire is a Flag Retirement Ceremony so wear your cleanest Class-A uniform.

Special Awards and Recognition

Pioneer Hike: This honor is bestowed upon a boy in your troop that has exemplified the Scout Oath and Law. The Pioneer hike takes place after Friday’s campfire. Pioneer hikers spend the evening under the stars and will write a short essay. Each troop is allowed to send ONLY ONE scout. Turn in the Scout’s name to the Program Director at the 10:00 a.m. Friday Leader’s meeting.

Honor Troop: An honor troop is one that adheres to the Scout Oath and Law in all their dealings. Honor troops show scout spirit, have high inspection scores, use the patrol method, and participate in programs and meetings. All honor troops will be recognized at the Closing Campfire.

Spirited Arrow Award: The purpose of the Spirited Arrow award is to encourage Scout Spirit. The troop with the most enthusiasm and always doing their best will be given this award. Judgment will be based on Patrols having flags, patrol yells, doing good turns, wearing the proper uniform at proper times, and Scouts simply doing their best to take pride in Scouting, but most of all, HAVING FUN!

Tribe of Chawanakee

The Tribe of Chawanakee is Camp Chawanakee’s honor service organization. This program is designed to recognize Scouts and Scouters who exemplify the Boy Scout and Chawanakee’s ideals of Scout helpfulness. All Scouts and Scouters who attend camp are eligible for membership.

On Thursday night, all of the hard work from the week will culminate in a ceremony and campfire that will strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and Scout Spirit.

The ranks and corresponding requirements are:

  • Hunter
    • One week at Camp
    • One Hour Service
  • Warrior
    • Earned Hunter
    • Two Summers at Camp
    • Two Hours Service
  • Chief
    • Earned Warrior
    • Two Summers at Camp
    • Three Hours Service
  • Medicine Man
    • Earned Chief
    • Two Summers at Camp
    • Four Hours Service
  • Sachem
    • Earned Medicine Man
    • Two Summers at Camp
    • Plan, organize, and complete an approved service project, of at least 5 hours. Contact the camp commissioner for assistance.

General Program

Chawanakee Open: Two and a half! If you think all of the activities at camp are for the Scouts then you haven’t played in the Chawanakee Open. Tee off with the rest of the adult leaders on Wednesday with your custom made club, we provide the ball (tennis ball.) Lauded by many leaders as the most fun they’ve had at camp we hope you join us for the annual Chawanakee Open held on Thursday.

Bocce Ball: Test your lawn bowling skills Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the volleyball courts.

Horseshoes: Come on out on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 pm for a good time and some great laughs.  Adult leaders can just show up, horseshoes are provided free of kicks.

Aloha Friday: Make sure to bring plenty of items to decorate yourself and your campsite in wacky tourist duds. The tackier the better! The afternoon wraps up with our famous Barbecue.

Chawanadayze: Chawanadayze is our exciting fast paced camp wide games. After our Opening Ceremonies at the Waterfront, the troops will break up into their patrols and compete in competitions that will test the leadership of your patrol leaders and the skills of your scouts. Awards will be presented, on a Patrol basis, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in individual events. Leaders are invited to the rifle range to try their hand at Black Powder Shooting or you may want to find your way to the climbing wall to test your intestinal fortitude against 52 feet of vertical fun.