A Family Divided

Sophia and Beth are part of the Arapaho tribe while Sawyer and I are part of the far superior Seneca tribe.

Sophia and Beth are part of the Arapaho tribe while Sawyer and I are part of the far superior Seneca tribe.

One of the big traditions at both Camp Chinqueka and Camp Awosting is tribes. All of the campers and staff are divided into three tribes and the tribes compete throughout the summer in a variety of activities to see who will win best tribe. Camp Awosting has the Pequots, Seminole, and Iroquois tribes and Chinqueka has Seneca, Arapaho, and Maricopa.

Each tribe at Chinqueka has an Awosting counterpart. In other words, a Pequot at Awosting means you are a Seneca at Chinqueka. Normally when one member of a family gets placed into a tribe, that tribe becomes the tribe for the whole family. A father who is a Pequot in Awosting will have their son be a Pequot and daughter be a Seneca.

The Kelley family is an exception to that rule. At Awosting, I was a Pequot and Beth was a Seminole. Of course we had those tribes before we started dating. Since we now have two kids, the big question was which tribe do they belong to? Beth wanted them both to be in her tribe, but I wasn’t going to let that happen.

Sawyer and some fellow Seneca tribe mates at the Tribal Campfire (indoors due to rain.)

Sawyer and some fellow Seneca tribe mates at the Tribal Campfire (indoors due to rain.)

The obvious choice was to split them up. Sawyer is with me and is a Seneca/Pequot and Sophie is with Beth and is a Arapaho/Seminole. It is rare for a family to be made up of more than one tribe, but it was the only way. I wasn’t changing my tribe and neither was Beth!

Beth, Sophie, Katie, and Sawyer at an earlier campfire.

Beth, Sophie, Katie, and Sawyer at an earlier campfire.

We are still having a great time at camp. Beth is starting to feel more comfortable as the camp nurse. I am putting a lot of miles on the van as a camp driver. Sophia is having a great time at her day camp. She went on a zipline over a pond the very first day! Plus she has taken a cooking class, played tennis, show a bow and arrow, and of course has made lots of projects in arts & crafts. Sawyer is having fun with his nanny, Katie. Now that the kids are here and the activities are running, he is able to run around and enjoy lots of things too.

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One response to “A Family Divided

  1. Sounds like you all are having a great time! Has Beth had to do any interesting nursing?

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