FAQ

When I was a kid, I was in Indian Guides with my dad. Is this the same program?
Yes! Our program is the continuing evolution of the original “Indian Guides” and “Indian Princesses” program. We have been a part of local communities for over 85 years.

What are Indian Guides and Princesses?
“Indian Guides” is a name that refers to the program in general. The girls in the program are often referred to as “Indian Princesses”.

My son and I need to get vests. How do I get them?
The Patch Store is the official Illinois Nation Indian Guides vest retailer. However, please check with your tribe chief before buying a vest or making one of your own. Each tribe has a specific color and fabric.

How do we get a bearclaw necklace? Do the bearclaws mean something?
The bearclaw necklace represents your progress in the Order of Eagles program. Every dad and son should receive a necklace starter kit (leather loop, purple bearclaw, spacer bead) when they join Indian Guides. As you continue through the program, you can earn more bearclaws to add to your necklace. When you have earned all of the bearclaws (and arrowheads), you are considered a member of the the Order of Eagles. You can learn more about this part of our program here.

My children are busy, and I don’t have a lot of time. How can I still be involved in this program?
Attendance is never “required” to participate in our program. We understand that you may have a busy schedule and need to travel for business.  To make participation easy, we usually sponsor 2 events held each month (one Tribe meeting and one Nation event) and families may attend these events based on their schedule.

Can I join Indian Guides with my child even if we don’t know anyone else in our area?
You may register for the program on your own, with your friends, neighbors, classmates or colleagues. Each family will belong to a small group, which will allow you and your child to establish friendships as you participate together.

Who runs the program?
Our program is run entirely buy volunteer parents who feel strongly about our program. Our parent organization, the Algonquin Longhouse, provides support, training and resources for the volunteer leadership.

What is a Trailblazer?
Trailblazers are boys who are 10 and older in grades 5 and up. Trailblazers are welcome to participate in all Nation activities like campouts and museum sleepovers. And the Algonquin Longhouse Trailmates program offers  special events and activities that are designated as “Trailmates Only”. 

The Trailblazer program is not organized into Tribes. There are no tribal meetings and no nation ceremonies within the Trails Program – only fun age-appropriate events. The Trailblazers ride horses, go white water rafting, attend plays, play WhirleyBall, play paintball, try experimental cooking and many other activities.

Registered Algonquin Longhouse Members are encouraged to participate in an a la carte manner – enjoying the events that fit your schedule & seem interesting to you. Many of our members begin sampling the Trailblazers events while they are still active in their Indian Guide Nation. (Prior participation in the Indian Guides program is not required.)