Keep the Ember Burning
When the 2020 season was canceled, we knew we had to find alternative ways to stay connected. Through Zoom calls, frequent social media postings, and other means of communication, we kept our “ember burning” for the entire Camp Takajo community. Among the highlights, we were able to continue two of our most important traditions – the Opening and Closing Council Fires – as well as display the daily sense of humor and fun that are central to the Takajo experience.
Opening Council Fire
Since the beginning of Camp Takajo in 1947, our Opening Council Fire has introduced campers to Takajo’s Arch Ideals. On the way to the Council Fire, campers walk through our entrance arch and see the twelve ideals that represent the precepts by which we do everything at Takajo. Each ideal is explained during the ceremony and our seven, eight, and nine-year campers are acknowledged. This video is a tribute to both of these important traditions at the beginning of each camp season.
Closing Council Fire
The Closing Council Fire is a visually stunning ceremony that has been enjoyed by Takajo campers and counselors every year since the camp’s inception. Occurring on one of the final nights of the season, the Native American-based ceremony reflects on the past season’s memories and experiences and adds them to Takajo’s rich history. We do not videotape our council fires, but we are pleased to offer a rare glimpse of one of Camp Takajo’s most important traditions.