Sponsors: two young leaders of each tribe with enormous responsibility, patience, and strength.
That’s what we believe anyway! Being a tribe sponsor is an incredible opportunity and responsibility, because she is someone that each girl in the tribe looks up to. Sponsors work tirelessly to make sure that not only their tepee is taken care of, but their tribe as well.
They guide the chieftain and officers, run war canoe practices, create a memorable vespers and make sure that each tribe hill runs flawlessly.
And that’s only to name a few things.
If you are curious as to what sponsor life is like, then keep reading and find out what Brittaney has to say about her time with those “true blues.” <3
My name is Brittaney Craddock, and last summer I was Second Term Pawnee sponsor.
Being a sponsor is stressful, tiring, but the most wonderful experience you will ever have. Not only are you a cabin counselor to the girls in your cabin, but you are also a mom to all the girls in your tribe. You have to make sure new campers feel welcomed and that old campers feel like this is the tribe they have always known and loved. A sponsor is the first person the chieftain comes to for advice, who other counselors come to when a girl in their cabin is acting up, and your tribe’s biggest cheerleader (SHOWING TRIBE SPIRIT WOO).
Making sure that tribe hills, vespers, war canoe and many other things are running smoothly is just all a part of the job description. I could name so many more things that happen while being sponsor, but being able to go through the tribe’s journey during the term alongside the girls is the biggest blessing.
As someone that was never a part of the tribe life until being a sponsor, I can say that it was very eye opening and gave me a much better understanding why these girls love their tribes so much. Being able to get a closer bond with the campers in the tribe is something I would never be able to put into words how much it meant to me.
It’s an experience that taught me responsibility, leadership, and LOTS AND LOTS OF PATIENCE and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.