The monthly tribe meeting is a chance for the dads and kids to get together, have some fun, get to know each other better, and get some plans made. The meeting usually happens at a tribe member’s house and is typically rotated from one house to the next each month. While the schedules can be whenever is best for the tribe, most tribe meetings happen on Saturday or Sunday afternoons and should last from 1 to 2 hours (at most). Meetings typically go as follows:
- People start arriving at the host’s house.
- The kids play and the dads talk while waiting for the rest to arrive.
- Once everyone is there, everyone sits, facing each other.
- The tribe chief will discuss any relevant tribe plans or business. This can also be done with dads only BEFORE the kids join.
- The kids each take turns introducing themselves and describing something good they have done that week.
- The host, called the “firekeeper” and his kid(s) tell a story or provide some type of “lesson”.
- The circle breaks and the kids go to do some type of craft or project.
- After crafts, a snack is usually served.
- After snacks, the group reconvenes to close the meeting. There is a traditional closing which everyone says together. This is the same closing used at the end of the Council Fire meeting at campouts.
The whole process is designed for the entertainment and enrichment of the children. If you are new, just show up and everything else will be taken care of. Your tribe chief will be able to answer any additional questions.