DFW EAGLE FEATHER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- WHO IS THE DFW EAGLE FEATHER?
DFW Eagle Feather is an affiliate of the DFW Bear Creek Federation Indian Guide / Indian Princess nations in the DFW Metroplex. Those nations are the Caddo Nation Indian Guides and Princesses (Allen, TX), Wichita Indian Guides (North East Tarrant County), Y0-He-Wa Indian Princesses (North East Tarrant County), and Tatanka Indian Guides and Princesses (McKinney, TX). For these programs, the kids graduate in 4th or 5th grade. Each nation offers an option for the Dad and Kid to stay in thru 6th grade in a support and leadership role. But as the kids enter middle school, it is considered the right time to separate the older “tweeners” from the younger kids and the DFW Eagle Feather Program is the program of the Bear Creek Federation for those kids who have “graduated” but they, and their fathers, want to continue to intentionally spend time together and do fun things on a regular basis. So DFW Eagle Feather is for any Fathers and Teens 6th grade and up.
- DO I AND MY TEEN(S) HAVE TO PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN INDIAN GUIDES / INDIAN PRINCESSES TO JOIN?
No! You do not have to have any prior experience in Indian Guides / Indian Princesses to join DFW Eagle Feather Dad-Teen Program. We welcome Fathers and Teens from all over the Metroplex to join us and participate as time and interest allow. Our goal is singular in focus: to provide Fathers and Teens opportunities to spend fun, intentional time together on a regular basis. As our motto states, “Unplug Your Teens…And Make Memories“.
- SO ONLY FATHERS CAN PARTICIPATE?
When we say “Father” perhaps it might be better to define this term. What we mean when we say “Father” is any adult male figure, who is actively involved in the life of a teenager and wishes to participate with the teenager in the program. So fathers are, of course, encouraged to participate, but this can include grand fathers, uncles, step-fathers, big brothers, and close male family friends. The key is that there is an adult male involved in the life of a teen and wants to intentionally spend meaningful time with that / those teens in interesting and fun events.
- SO WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT THAT FATHERS PARTICIPATE WITH THEIR TEENS?
Studies show that a strong adult male, deeply involved in the life of a teenager, yields substantial benefits and positive outcomes (contrary to what the culture and media present). Fathers (and father figures) who show active interest in the lives of teens show positive outcomes like: reduced criminal involvement, positive teen self-esteem and sense of safety, positive role modeling, and nurture aspirations. This program gives fathers (and father figures) a regular opportunity to step away from daily life, and for a few hours, each month, spend focused time on the teen(s) in their lives. We cannot guarantee that being in the program will prevent negative things happening, or poor decisions to be made, but do believe that involvement will net better outcomes in the lives of our teens in the long run. And the events we schedule are fun! They are events you will want to do, with your teens!
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE, HOW OFTEN DO YOU MEET, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
The cost to join DFW Eagle Feather is only $25 per year for a father and teen(s) (click here to join!). That’s about two pizzas and cokes! And you pay for the events you choose to participate in thereafter. We know you have busy schedules. You may not be able to make every planned event. That is ok. The point of the program is to allow you to step out of your everyday life and spend focused one-on-one time with your teen(s) doing events they (and you) will enjoy. We meet once a month from September through May of each year (we take the summer off to plan for the next program year). Here is a small list of some of the things we’ve done in the past several years: Campouts at Cedar Hill, Eisenhower, Lake Cooper, Lake Murray, and Lake Ray Roberts State Parks; Fossil hunting on the South Sulfur River, Plays at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, Canoe day trips down the Brazos River, Paintball at the DFW Adventure Park in Roanoke, TX; Ziplining at Oak Point and Trinity Forest Adventure Park; Family Fun Day as Sandy Lake Park; Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie; Laser Tag, and Water Skiing. We work to plan events that a little more adventurous and interesting to teens (and their Fathers).
- WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?
We take security very seriously. All leadership in the DFW Bear Creek Federation and the DFW Eagle Feather Program have successfully passed rigorous annual background checks. At all events we constantly monitor participants behaviour and will not allow any behaviour that would reflect poorly on the program. At campouts we generally separate young men from young women in separate tents or screened shelters. No one goes off on their own with out supervision. We expect appropriate behaviour from all involved at all times, no exceptions.
- SO WHO DO WE JOIN?
If you have kids in kindergarten through 4th grade, then please reach out to the DFW Bear Creek Federation Indian Guide and Indian Princess program closest to you. Click here for more information about the these programs.
If you have teens (middle school through high school) then click here and email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible and answer any of your questions. If you like what you see, and want to join now, click here to join!
UPDATED JUNE 2018