WHAT IS BIG WATERS FEDERATION?
Big Waters Federation is a program that emphasizes parents and children sharing time together. The program provides opportunities to teach your child new skills and to participate in games and activities that promote parent-child togetherness.
What types of programs does Big Waters Federation have?
Big Waters currently has programs for fathers & sons, mothers & sons, and fathers & daughters. Children must be in at least kindergarten to join and can continue through 8th grade.
When does the program start?
The program “year” runs concurrently with the academic year: from September to May. However, you can join at any time.
Do I need to join the tribe closest to me?
You can join whichever tribe you’d like. Most tribes pull their members from one or two elementary schools. If you don’t already know which tribe you want to join, we will suggest the one closest to you.
How often does the program meet?
There are three types of meetings: tribal, nation and federation meetings. Most tribes meet once every month or so. The nation your tribe belongs to will go on three campouts in a program year (fall, winter, spring). There will be other activities set up by your nation and/or the federation such as picnics, bowling, ice skating, Halloween party, parades, etc.
How do I join?
If you know which tribe you want to join, select Join Now! from the menu bar. Otherwise, contact our Federation Program Director to locate a tribe that is closest to where you live. The best way to contact us is via the Contact Us form.
Where are the tribal meetings?
The tribes set up the location where they meet. Most meetings are at elementary schools and run for an hour and a half.
What happens at a tribal meeting?
Each tribe does it differently and it can even vary from meeting to meeting. It is best to talk to the tribal chief of the tribe you are thinking of joining. Activities include sports, crafts, or even a tour of the local fire or police station.
Where are the camp outs?
Most camp outs are at YMCA campgrounds. We stay overnight in heated cabins. We participate in activities available at the campground (archery, boating, crafts, etc) as well as activities created by the tribal and nation leaders.
How can I help?
We are always looking for volunteers. Contact your tribal chief or nation chief to see how you could become involved.