On Saturday May 7th, the Great Sun Nation, along with the Timucuan Nation of Jacksonville, collected money to help fund research to cure juvenile cancer. This is our second year of collecting money for this great cause. We want to recognize Ed Bittman for organizing this event and being the leading fund raiser. We raised over $3500. I know next year we can do much more. Thank you to the Arawak, Dorado, Dakota, Seneca and Shoshone tribes for helping man the tables and collect the money.
On March 11th, 280 dads and kids descended on the Peace River campground. This was the second largest campout of the year and set a record for the number of campers. We had incredible weather for this campout. On Saturday morning – over 100 canoes set out to explore the river and hunt for fossilized shark teeth. The river was a little higher than normal making fossil hunting a little difficult. The best fossil hunting was right by our campsite. Everyone enjoyed the day playing in the river, rope swing and mud pits. Saturday night was capped off with a broken arrow ceremony. We celebrated 8 children who have grown up camping with their dads and the Great Sun Nation. Luckily no forest fires were set by wayward flaming arrows.
On February 19-21 over 60 dads and kids ventured to the wilds of Kendal to camp at the Larry and Penny Thompson park. This was a beautiful campground. We had the brightest full moon that weekend. The highlight of the weekend was the trip to Zoo Miami on Saturday. This is one of the largest zoos in America. You could feed giraffes, hippos or see the brand new baby tiger. Everyone enjoyed themselves as well as the one hour drive home.
Over 270 dads and kids came out to Lake Wales for our annual Circle F camp out. We had a Fire Ceremony on Friday night and welcomed over 50 new braves and princesses to our nations. Saturday was packed with activities from Pinewood Derby races, egg tosses, saxophone, bow and arrow, and trinkets in the hay. All that plus horse back rides and rock wall and zip lining. There was a little bit of wind and rain on Saturday night, but not enough to dampen the spirits. A great time was had by all and the best weather we had in years.