council-fire

There is no place in camp that is as special and revered as much as Kamaji’s Council Fire area.

One evening a week, in the tradition of a Native American Council Fire, a senior Kamaji staff member beats the drum, summoning campers and staff silently uphill to Kamaji’s Council Fire site. Seated by tribe (campers are initiated into one of six tribes during their first summer at Kamaji), tribe leaders lead the lighting of the large center fire and four smaller accompanying fires which, in Native American culture, represent body, mind, soul and service.

Celebrating Kamaji’s long history and tradition, we gather together to recap the events of the past week, tell stories and sing trip songs. During Kamaji’s “keylog” ceremony campers and staff can stand up in front of the entire camp to publicly recognize and thank another for something extraordinarily special she did that week.

As we end Council Fire with the singing of Kamaji’s Council Fire song, written by a Kamaji camper, Dorothy Veasey, in 1924 “♫ we gather ’round to watch the Council fires leap towards the sky . . . and as the camp fires dim, memories of you [Kamaji and camp friends will] never ever die ♫.”