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BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES – INDIAN GUIDES AND INDIAN PRINCESSES

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For the past several years, my children and I have been involved with both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.  During the summer, we take a “break” from these group activities, but once school starts, we are back at it!  This year will be no different!

Much like Boy/Girl Scouts, the Indian Guides and Princesses program encourages fathers and their children (ages 6 – 12) to spend time together, and to serve each other, their family, tribe and community, and to seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit.  We participate in many activities, such as picnics, campouts, hikes, field trips, and work on various projects together.

Indian Guides was founded for fathers and sons, in 1926 by Harold Keltner, a YMCA Director in St. Louis, William H. Kefelfinger, Chief of the first tribe, and Joe Friday, Harold’s fishing and hunting guide.  Joe was an Ojibway Indian, and Harold was inspired through his wisdom, to start the Indian Guides program.  This program was based on strong American Indian family values of life-dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, felling for the earth, and concern for family.  In 1954, Indian Princesses was established, for fathers and their daughters.

Both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses are sponsored by YMCA’s across the country.  If you have children, I strongly encourage you to check into this program, and enjoy some quality time with your kids!

We all have a great time as a family participating in the activities, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the beginning of this school year.

HOT FALL FASHION FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

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Back to school time is just around the corner…and you know what that means!  Back to school shopping!  When I was a kid it was easy – T-shirts and jeans; but these days kids have to be up on the latest fashions!  I put together a few things that are hot this year in the way of Fall fashion, in case you need some ideas before hitting the mall this week!

What’s hot for girls this Fall:

  1. Hot colors this fall are reds, persimmon, bronze, copper, gray to name a few
  2. Retro prints from the 60’s and 70’s – bright colors and cool prints.  Remember the big flowers and geometric prints?  They’re back!
  3. Animal prints – always popular, and great for accessories, shoes and tops
  4. Dots – large or small, on tops, leggings and tights!
  5. Plaid – not your grandpa’s plaid, but bold, bright plaids – large or small
  6. Layers – Tunic tops with T’s and a belt…great!  Vests, jackets, and scarves are in
  7. Skinny jeans and jeggings are in, but give them a twist and select bright colors instead of just denim for the Fall!
  8. Wide leg pants with heels – for you teens and older girls
  9. Denim skirts – long ones and short ones
  10. Jeans are always in…but not dark…go for the faded/distressed look

 

What’s hot for guys this Fall:

  1. Denim shirts – layered over a T
  2. Layers are in for guys too – Button downs over a T is an easy option
  3. Jeans – go for the faded/distressed look, don’t go for the dark indigo this year
  4. Screen print T’s are always cool
  5. Plaid – large or small plaids, bright and bold

One area I left out of this article is coats and sweaters….it’s just too hot to think about that right now, but I’ll give you the fashion 411 on that later in the season!

Happy Back To School shopping!