Monday, September 8, 2008

Fox Tribe 2008-2009

Ya Ta Hay Mighty Fox Tribe,
It is time to begin our journey for the new season, and I want to be the first to welcome all of our family back to the Papoose Nations.
This year we will be better prepared for our adventures because we have already done these things. And now it falls to us to help guide our new friends that will be joining us.
I trust I can count on each and every one of us to fulfill our responsibility.
Tomorrow night Chief Brian and I will be attending the New Dad's orientation, welcoming our new members to our family.
Then next week we will have the Induction Ceremony. I remember attending last year, not knowing anyone in our tribe, except Jeff and Emma. It is not easy coming into a new group not knowing anyone.
So this year I have decided that we should come together as a group, with all of our families, and enjoy some time to ourselves prior to the induction.
So, please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the First Annual Fox Tribe Family Cook Out. We'll be grillin' and chillin'.
I really hope to have 100% of our group there.
Your invitations are coming your way as we speak.
Now, here is an excellant way to start out the year. You can reply to this post and announce that you will be attending, and you can even tell us what you plan to bring so everyone can see, and know what they should bring.
The cook out will also be our first chance to start planning for the Dinosaur Valley camping trip, we'll pick our meals and plan our activities.
So, I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you and your families at the Cook Out/Induction Ceremony.
Chief Big Horse

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Carnival Update

Wow, what a great time we had at this years carnival, and what an awesome turn out.
The Fox Tribe can proudly say that we had 100% participation this year, all of our dad's and all of our mom's were there to help run our booth activities.
The spin art was our most popular activity, with the wampum bags and dart board right behind.
The lemonade was very refreshing and the posters were being talked about by other tribes.
Our special thanks to Steve for getting the ice for us, I know several of the other tribes really appreciated this, as they found themselves short during the day and very gratefully helped themselves to our stash.
I hope everyone of our dad's took as much pride in our success this weekend as I did.
Now, on to the induction ceremony.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dad's Meeting

Last chance to get in and plan for our carnival booth.
Wednesday, August 27th
6:30 -8:00 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings
Hwy 287 and Debbie Lane in Mansfield.
Bring Mom and the kids (it's kids day at BWW).
We will be going over set up, and booth assignments, so we will need all of the Dad's to be there.

Patch Designs

At last weeks Longhouse the children of the Chief's and the Assistant Chief's were asked to select the winners for this years patch designs. What a great thing it is to work with your child to create a design that will be turned into a patch that will be worn by all of the kids in the program.
This year the Papoose will have three new patch's, designed just for us. The Train Ride, The Fishing Event and The Christmas Party. We had these events last year but did not have patch's, so this year I am very excited to see patch's.
And I am really happy that one of our own kids, my son, William, had one of his designs picked. Even more exciting, Will had two of his designs chosen. The Christmas Party and The Fishing Event. I am very proud of Will and the work that he did.
And I am really proud of all of the kids that turned in a design.

Carnival Time

This ain't Rio, but it's still Carnival time. But even better, this is the YMCA Father/Child Carnival. The kick off event for the new year.
Already some awesome things are happening with the Y Guides. A new Smoke Signal format, updated and more current with it's content, and a vibrant, informative Federation web site.
These two things will help us greatly in getting the most up to date info to our Dad's.
I hope everyone has already made plans to join us at the carnival and the induction ceremony.
I promise a good time will be had by all.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fox Tribe Update

Things are starting to heat up, not only the weather, but the Y-Guides upcoming year.
August is going to be a fun month for us.
We have the Little Chief's Longhouse on the 19th, and at this meeting we will pick the winners of the patch design contest. All of our kids are invited to submit their designs for the Papoose events, the train ride, fishing outing and the Christmas party. Then at the Longhouse the children of the Chief's and Assistant Chief's will pik the winners.
Get your designs in to me or Brian by the 16th.

Speaking of the 16th. That is the day we are going to Fort Worth to see the Cats play baseball. We'll begin our day at the local city park, enjoying a hamburger and hot dog cook out. Then we'll head over to the ballpark for a fun family night. Let me know how many tickets you'll need so I can get them purchased.

On the 26th we'll have another Dad's meeting, at Buffalo Wild Wings. 297 and Debbie Lane in Mansfield. 6:30 - 8:00.
Our topic? The YMC carnival.

Speaking of the YMCA Carnival. That is on August 30th, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Central YMCA branch.
This is our big recruiting event to kick off the year, so we need everyone to be there, to help man our booth.
Our booth will consist of crafts (wampum bags and spin art), a game of bust the balloons, and an old fashioned lemonade stand with cookies and cupcakes.
We'll have lots of beads to hand out and maybe we'll make some new friends.
Everyone should have their time slots and assignments, so let's get busy gettin' busy.

And finally, I am please to announce that the newest edition of The Smoke Signal is now posted on the YMCA website. I am really pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to the program by taking over as newsletter editor and taking the title of Federation Drum Beater.
It is both a pleasure, and an honor to serve the Y Guides and our kids.
Check out the Smoke Signal at:

So as you can see we'll be running full steam in just a few weeks, and before you know it we'll be back out there campng again, only 58 dqays until our first camp out at Dinosaur Valley.

A happy summer to all..............

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A New Year

On August 30th we will be having our annual YMCA Father/Child Program Carnival.
This is the offical start to the new Y Guides year.
The Fox tribe will have it's booth there this year, and we are busy getting ready and making plans for how we want to introduce ourselves to the community.
Our first planning session will be on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 287 and Debbie lane.
Plan on being there at 6:30, and we should be finished up by 8:30.
We will also discuss upcoming Y Guide events.
Bring Mom and the kids if they want to help us with the carnival planning.
Let's use the carnival as our opportunity to get the Fox tribe off to a great start for 2008/2009.
See you Wednesday night.
Chief Big Horse

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Papoose Nation News

Last night the Chief's and Assistant Chief's met with the Papoose Nation Chief and Assistant Chief. We discussed the upcoming year and started making plans for upcoming events.
I am excited about the coming year because I think we have a great group of leaders, Dad's who share our desire to make the Papoose tribes the strongest in the Y Guide program.
We talked about the camp outs for 2008-2009, and decided to return to Dinasour Valley for our Fall campout and we will be going to Lake Mineral Wells for the Spring campout.
I am glad that we are going to Dinasour Valley in September, because the weather should be nice enough so that we can get in the water and play, and the area where we held our gatherings will be perfect for water gun fights, ice cream socials and movies.
And the Spring campout will be a blast because we have been given the task of war chiefing this event. So start thinking about what kind of activities we want to have.
With the Dad's we have, and our many talents, we should be able to have the greatest campout the papoose kids have ever had.
YaTaHay Mighty Fox Tribe

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rocket Shoot

It's back on.
The YMCA Rocket Shoot, originally scheduled for may 17th, has been rescheduled for this Saturday, May 31st.
We will be launching at History Maker Homes subdivision, Patriot Estates on Hwy 67 in Venus, just south of Midlothian.
Use the south entrance (2nd entrance if traveling south on Hwy 67) and follow Lone Star Ave all the way to the back where the swimming pool is.
Park on the side of the road that has the open field. Please do not park at the houses or swimming pool parking lot.
We will be set up in the field just south west of the swimming pool.
I've included a Google and a Yahoo map link.
Set up will begin at 11:30am with all of the rockets needing to be checked in by 12:30pm
Judging to be completed by 1pm.
Rocket launches will start at 1pm immediately following the announcements of the winners.

Links to Yahoo and Google Maps:;_ylc=X3oDMTExNmIycG51BF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEc2VjA2ZwLWJ1dHRvbgRzbGsDbGluaw --#mvt=m&lat=32.443654&lon=-97.082534&zoom=16

Friday, May 16, 2008

Rocket Shoot Update

Oaky, I am sure that by now everyone has been made aware of the fact that the Rcket Shoot that was scheduled for Saturday the 17th, has been postponed.I have no details yet on a make up date, but I have been told that there will be one.I will let everyone know the new date just as soon as it is given to us.
Chief Big Horse

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rocket Shoot

I stopped at Hobby Lobby yesterday and purchased a rocket for the Rocket Shoot, which is next Saturday, the 17th.
Hobby Lobby has a great assortment, from little 3 & 4 inch rockets, to 18" and larger.
They come in kits that allow you to build your rocket, or a pre-made rocket that you can decorate and shoot right away.
I chose the pre-made rocket, 18" long, and shoots up to 600 feet in the air.
The kit I bought was $24.99, and came with the rocket, launch pad, two (2) jet packs and a chute.
I then bought an extra pack of jet packs, three (3) for $7.99
This will give us the chance to shoot off our rocket five (5) times.
I liked the one I got because it has these really cool rocket stickers, NASA, United States, and the little stickers that look like rocket parts, but the nose cone end, which is 6" long is blank, so we can use this area to decorate our rocket.
I figure since the 17th is Armed Forces Day, and since we are shooting off our rocket, we will go with a Marine Corp look, dedicated to Will's Papa.
Remember, they will have prizes for smallest, largest, best indian theme and best decoration. So get creative.
I hope everyone can make it to the rocket shoot.
Saturday, May 17th, from 12:30-2:00 in Midlothian, at the Midlothian Middle School.

So, until then Ya Ta Hay
Chief Big Horse

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fox Tribe May Meeting


Big Trout and Lil’ Trout invite you to their pond for a night of Indian fun!

Date: Wednesday May 7th
6:30pm Dinner
7:00 Meeting
7:15 Activity – Making Totem poles
7:45 Game

Pond location: 4000 Tuscany Lane
Arlington 76016

Please bring any empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls you might have.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Post Notice

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April Longhouse Meeting

Last night I attended my first Longhouse meeting as Chief of the Fox Tribe. We had a great turn out, and our tribe was very well represented, with our Assistant Chief, Brian Murphy also in attendance, as well as our very own Kelly Turner, Chief of all the Papoose Nations.
There are only a few events remaining for the year, and very few chances left to enjoy spending time with our new friends.
Our next tribe meeting is scheduled for May 8th, and details should be coming out very soon, so watch for the updates.
On May 17th we have the annual Rocket Shoot, which is one of the biggest events of the year. This year, as in the past, we will have DARS, the Dallas Area Rocket Society, helping us in running this event. The kids really love to build and decorate their own rocket, and then being able to go out and shoot their rockets, this is going to be great. Things get started at 12:30 with the sign in, followed by the first launce at 1:00.
They said we should have 20 launce pads there, so it will move quickly, you will be able to launch your rockets whenever you want.
The only cost with this event is the $3,00 for your patch.
I'll be headed out this weekend to look at rocket kits, and I'll pass on what I find when I look them over. Remember, keep the rocket you bring in the 'D' class or smaller.
Take a moment to check out the DARS web site:
Next we'll have our Chief's Appreciation dinner. This is for all outgoing and Incoming Chief's, and will also be our next Longhouse meeting. I am looking forward to sitting and chatting with the chief's from the Hawk, Moose, Bear and Wolf tribes.
June will be a great month, as we are currently planning our end of trail trip for our tribe, to Indian City USA ( in Anadarko, Oklahome.
We would plan on meeting at 7:00am, have breakfast, and hit the road by 8:00am. which would put us in Anadarko by noon, and after lunch we would head over to Indian City for a day of learning and adventures in an authentic Indian Village.
That night we would pitch our tents, and sleep out under the stars like the Indians did many moons ago.
On Sunday we would head back after breakfast, stopping off in Lawton, to visit the old fort at Fort Sill. We could see where Geramino and Quannah Parker are buried.
And finally, back home by 4:00pm.
This will get us to July, and the annual July 4th parade in Arlington. The Y has a float in this parade, and will be our chance to join in, so start planning for that today.
August gets us right back where we began, the YMCA Father/Child Program Carnival. This is where we all learned about the YGuides, and this year we get to have our own tent. We need to come up with a unique idea to attract people to the Y and to our tribe, so let me know what your thoughts are.
So, as we prepare to come to the end of the 2007-2008 season, I am a bit saddened. William and I have had so much fun these past few months, lots of great memories, and we have met some really great friends. But I am excited about the thought of how much more fun the coming year will be, as we now become veterans of the program. I want to make this a year that none of us will ever forget.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Greetings from Your Chief

I am honored this morning to greet you as your new Tribe Chief. I can not begin to express what this means to me, and I want all of our Dad's to know that I consider this a great honor, and will work hard to make this the best tribe in the Papoose Nations.

I am also pleased to have Brian Murphy as our Assistant Tribe Chief. Brian will be a great assistant, and will continue to great job started by our former assistant Chief, Peter Sikes.

I am looking foward to the coming months, and all of the exciting things we are planning to do as a group. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback.

Larry and William Swinea
Big Horse and Yellow Horse

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Papoose Spring Campout

The Mighty Fox Tribe will be camping at Dinosaur Valley State Park the weekend of April 11-13, 2008.
We look forward to seeing all of our Dad's at this campout. Please add your comments below.


This is the first post on the new Arlington Fox Tribe blog.
This blog was created to keep our Dad's and kids informed of upcoming events and to help us to have better communication.
Please feel free to offer any ideas you might have that can make this site even better.