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SNIPE HUNT

A SNIPE HUNT IS A HUNT FOR AN IMAGINARY ANIMAL. IT IS A GAME.
BEFORE THE HUNT BEGINS, BROWN BAGS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO THE HUNTERS
AND THEY ARE TOLD THAT SNIPES LIVE IN THE WOODS AND ARE ATTRACTED TO
NOISE.
THE HUNT BEGINS WITH THE HUNTERS GOING INTO THE WOODS AND HITTING
STICKS TOGETHER FOR NOISE. POT AND PAN LIDS CAN ALSO BE USED.
THE PLAYERS ARE TOLD TO HOLD THEIR BAGS OPEN SO THAT THE SNIPE
CAN JUMP IN AND THEY CAN CATCH IT. THE NOISE MUST BE MAINTAINED IN
ORDER TO ATTRACT THE SNIPE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT MANY TIMES, SNIPES ARE DESCRIBED BY CAMP
STAFF SO THAT CAMPERS KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR.
THE GAME ITSELF IS LOOKED UPON AS A JOKE PLAYED ON CAMPERS BY THE
CAMP STAFF. MANY INEXPERIENCED CAMPERS ARE OFTEN TRICKED INTO
THINKING THERE IS A REAL ANIMAL CALLED A SNIPE.
THE INFORMANT ALSO CAUTIONED THE COLLECTOR NOT TO PLAY THE GAME
ON VERY YOUNG CAMPERS WHO GET SCARED VERY EASILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 02-07-1980 ; 00-00-1964

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GORP

GORP IS A HIGH ENERGY FOOD EATEN BY CAMPERS AND HIKERS. IT IS A
MIXTURE OF RAISINS, PEANUTS, M&M CHOCOLATE CANDY AND SOMETIMES BEEF
JERKY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECOMMENDS IT AS A SNACK TOO} SHE SAID IT IS GOOD WHEN YO
ARE DOING STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Meat
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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WISH CANDLES

WISH CANDLES ARE SMALL INDIVIDUAL FLOATING CANDLES THAT ARE MADE
FOR CEREMONIES AND SET AFLOAT ON LAKES. DURING THE CEREMONY, THE
PARTICIPANTS SET THEM OUT ON THE WATER FROM DOCKS OR SHORELINES AT
THE SAME TIME AND MAKE WISHES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT WISH CANDLES ARE USED IN CEREMONIES AS A
QUIET THOUGHTFUL ACTIVITY.
THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE CEREMONY OFTEN LINGER ON THE BEACH AND
WAIT FOR ALL THE CANDLES TO GO OUT.
THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF WISH CANDLES AT CAMP, AND BECAME VERY
SENTIMENTAL AS SHE SPOKE OF A LAKE COVERED WITH LITTLE FLAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

Date learned: 02-07-1980 ; 00-00-1974

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COUNSELOR IN TRAINING GRADUATION

CIT GRADUATION IS THE CEREMONY THAT A COUNSELOR IN TRAINING GOES
THROUGH BEFORE SHE IS AN OFFICIAL STAFF MEMBER. BASICALLY, THE
CEREMONY IS QUIET AND THOUGHTFUL. A GENERAL OUTLINE OF ONE SUCH
CEREMONY FOLLOWS. MM
I PROCESSION INTO THE AREA
II POEM
III MAGIC CAMPFIRE- A CAMPFIRE LIT WITH AN ARROW.
IV SONG
V ACTUAL GRADUATION
A) POEM
B) STAFF PRESENTATION-STAFF TIES ARE GIVEN TO THE CIT GIRLS
FROM THEIR SPECIAL STAFF FRIENDS
C) CAMP DIRECTORS PRESENT DIPLOMAS AND WISH BALLOONS
D) CIT GIRLS ARE BROUGHT TO A PAPER BAG FILLED WITH SAND AND
A CANDLE AND LIGHT THE CANDLE.
VI POEM
VII POEMS BY THE CIT INDIVIDUALS
VIII SONG

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS EXTREMELY SENTIMENTAL WHEN DESCRIBING THIS CEREMONY
AND EVEN STARTED TO CRY. SHE WAS AVIDLY REMEMBERING HER OWN CIT
GRADUATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 02-07-1980 ; 00-00-1978

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