Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 15 Mar 1993 08:41:05 CST
For those interested, Mic-O-Say is an honor camper organization started
in the Pony Express Council by H. Roe Bartle (then SE, later mayor of KC
and the source of the nickname for the Kansas City Chiefs, also founder of
American Humanics which supports education for youth agency administration
through a number of small colleges).
A major difference between OA and Mic-O-Say is the selection process--
"Although you will never know the exact process that brought you to this
place tonight . . ." the basic process is nominations by tribesmen and
adult leaders with selection by the tribal council (mostly adults)
If you are ever in northwest Missouri on a Thursday night during the summer,
I recommend that you visit Camp Gieger and witness the Mic-O-Say Tap Out.
It is an incredible pageant (conducted each week of the summer camp season).
The tap out ceremony begins a 24-hour initiation during which candidates
(known as foxmen) maintain silence and give service to the camp. It ends
with induction as a brave (youth) or warrior (adult). For most, however,
this is only the beginning as youth members progress through a number of
"ranks", usually at the rate of one per year. The brave wears a single
eagle claw (replica), the warrior wears two. A brave usually advances
to warrior after one year (provided he has returned to summer camp, advanced
in rank, shown leadership in his unit, built his regalia, participated in
tribal activities, etc.) The remainder of the progression is firebuilder,
tomtom beater, runner, keeper of the sacred bundle, sachem, medicine man.
If a person remains active in scouting and returns to camp each year, one
would normally advance one rank each year. This participation "requirement"
keeps a lot of scouts active for many years.
The Sachems and medicine men make up the tribal council. The SE is the chief
and a chieftan is selected each year (at the tribal feast on the eve of
Mothers Day). The primary role of the old chieftans is to sit as a backdrop
at the ceremonial fire, to donate money, and to listen to resolutions made by
youth members. If you want more info, please ask.
Keeper of the Sacred Bundle Little Pontiac (my father was Firebuilder Pontiac)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City