Pinewood Derby Cancelled

Due to lack of registrations, the Pinewood Derby scheduled for today November 18th has been cancelled.  Refunds will be issued for race registration and pizza next week.

Sleeping Lion

aka Millard Mier

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OAG Pinewood Derby on November 18th

Our annual Pinewood Derby is on Saturday, November 18th from 5:30 until 10:00 PM at the Kettering South YMCA on Marshall Road.

So on that day we will check in our cars, eat pizza, and then race! Trophies will be awarded based on age groups for both speed and design. The cost to race is $5 per car. Pizza is $5 per person (only if you will be dining with us). Sign up for racing and Pizza will be online later this week. After the race, we have free run of the YMCA including the open Gym, Foam Room, and a designated swimming time. We will be offering Cotton Candy and Popcorn for the kids.

You can register for the Pinewood Derby here.

For anyone not familiar with the Pinewood Derby, the children and fathers build gravity cars and race them on a track in heats.  The cars are built from a block of pine and have standardized wheels and axles.  Pinewood Derby was invented in 1953 by Don Murphy for Cub Scout Pack 280 in Manhattan Beach CA as a simple project for the kids to build with their fathers.  The Oakwood Nation embraces those same values and prizes this tradition.  For more information, please visit

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Fall Camp Is Only Four Days Away!

Only Four Days Until Camp!

Only Four Days Until Camp!Camp Kern is coming up in a hurry. If you haven’t signed up, you don’t have a lot of time left!.  Regular registratoin ends at 6:00 PM on Wednesday.  Avoid the late fee and sign up now at

Membership in OAG (required to attend camp)

Fall Camp Signup

Trail Rides and Pony Rides (Trail Rides Are Sold Out but Pony Rides are still Avaiable)

Don’t forget to bring a pumpkin to carve!  We will be decorating cabins and awarding a trophy to the tribe with the best decorations. Banner Painting will be held on Saturday afternoon.  Rocket kits will be available for sale.
Its going to be a great camp!

Sleeping Lion

AKA Millard Mier

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Oakwood Nation Scarecrow Row Sunday October 15th

Oakwood Nation Scarecrow Row
Sunday October 15th 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Shafor Blvd Median, location TBA

How How Oakwood Nation!

The annual Oakwood Scrarecrow Row will be held next Sunday October 15th. Our great nation will be building its display from 11:00 AM until judging begins at 3:00 PM in the median on Shafor Blvd (location to be announced later).  There will be activities for the kids including helping assemble the display, pumpkin carving (and painting for the younger crowd), and decorating adventure guides vests for the display. Older braves assistance is needed to help build the physical display. As is our tradition, we will be grilling hot dogs and serving popcorn, cookies and cider for the attendees. This is a fun event and a great way to show your civic and Oakwood Nation pride.

For those of you who are new to the community or the event, Scarecrow Row is the beginning of the Halloween celebration in Oakwood. Each year around 40 organizations build displays on the fairway at the center of Shafor Blvd. to celebrate Halloween. The displays are judged and trophies are awarded at a city council meeting. A fall festival is held at Shafor park with events for the children beginning at 2:00 PM. The Oakwood Nation has participated for many years and has won more than our share of prizes for our creative displays. There is no need to stay the whole day at our event, you are welcome to drop in for an hour or two, or stay for the duration. You will have fun regardless.

Any questions or concerns, please contact:

Sleeping Lion (Millard Mier)
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Camp Kern is only a week away!

The Oakwood Nation Fall camp at Camp Kern is coming up on October 6, 7 and 8th. That is just one week away. Registration is going well with almost 180 signed up. Regular registration will continue until Wednesday October 4th at 6:00 PM. There is a late fee for signing up after Wednesday evening.

Our tribal membership ceremony will be held around the fire on Friday Night next to Elk Canyon. Yep, that’s right I said Elk Canyon, as the lake will be dry for our stay as Kamp Kern performs maintenance on the lake to make it better for next year. Come to the ceremony, pick your tribal name, and be prepared to join a great group!

Zipline will be held on Sunday morning from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. There is no additional charge for the Zipline!

Saturday afternoon we will have model rocket building, Banner Decorations and Pumpkin Carving. The great candy Cannon will be back this year and we will have the tribal Snow Cone machine.

Lets Not Forget the other events including GaGa

Climbing Wall

Fossil Ravine

Horse and Trail Rides (separate registration and fees)

And There is Ever So Much More!!!

Remember, you must join Oakwood Adventure Guides to join us at camp!

Oakwood Adventure Guides Membership

Camp Kern Fall Camp Registration

Trail Rides and Pony Rides Registration

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Sleeping Lion
AKA Millard Mier

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No Canoeing or Fishing at Fall Camp

We have been informed by Cam Miller at YMCA Camp Kern that Elk Lake will be drained for maintenance during our stay this Fall.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Cam’s email is posted below.



From: Cam Miller [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:48 AM
To: Oakwood Nation <[email protected]>
Cc: Cam Miller <[email protected]>
Subject: Elk Lake closure at YMCA Camp Kern
Importance: High


Dear Oakwood Guide and Princesses,

We regret to inform you that our Elk Lake will be closed for canoeing and fishing activities this Fall.

The lake must be drained for a spillway valve replacement.  This valve is essential to the surrounding area’s flood prevention systems and is a required project by ODNR. Our original plan was to have this work done over the winter, when the lake was not being used, but we were just notified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that work on these projects cannot go past December 15th.  So, the immediate closure is necessary to drain the lake and insure that work can be completed by the state’s deadline.

We apologize that this is happening during in our peak fall camp out season. Our hope is that this necessary project will allow us to provide activities on the lake for many years to come.

If you have any concerns or questions please let me know.



Please forward this email to all Dads that will be attending this fall.

Best Wishes,

Cam Miller, Leadership & Conferencing Director

YMCA Camp Kern
5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054 / 513-932-3756 ext.1529
[email protected] /

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Only Ten Days Until Fall Camp!

Fall Camp is Coming up on October 6, 7 and 8th

Fall camp is only ten days away!  Thanks to the early registration program, we have over 150 registered participants.  Capacity is 250. We have over 25 new kindergartners this year  We welcome them and all new members!  We still have room and we are still accepting registrations!

Fall Camp Signup

We do want to remind everyone that you need to be a current member of the Oakwood Adventure Guides in order to attend camp.  Membership follows the school calendar so if you didn’t join or renew when you signed up for camp, you need to do so now.  Reminder emails were sent out this evening to those who forgot

OAG 2017-2018 Membership

We have couple of new events for the Fall Camp:

  • New Tribal Banners!  We have purchased canvas and will be providing paint to create new banners for our ten tribes.  It has been a good many years since we created new banners.  Change is good!
  • Pumpkin Carving at the shelter outside Singerman Hall.  Bring a pumpkin to carve at camp!  the OAG will provide carving equipment and candles.   We will line up the pumpkins along the entry to Singerman Hall and light the candles at sunset.
  • Cabin Decorating Contest.  Decorate your cabin in a festive way (think Halloween).  We will judge the cabins at 4:00 PM on Saturday and award a trophy to the tribe with the best decorated cabin.  Be creative!  Feel free to use lights!

Some of our returning events include:

  • Our famous new member ceremony will be held after dark on Friday night.  New members are accepted into the nation and pick their Adventure Guides names.
  • The legend of Swamp Boy will be told after the new member ceremony.  This is the OAG traditional ghost story for the kids
  • We have been promised that the Candy Cannon will make a repeat appearance!  Time and location will be announced during Saturday breakfast
  • Zipline will be held on Sunday morning after breakfast.  Zipline is free for camp participants.
  • Model Rocket Building Session.   We will have supplied and a space set aside to build your own rockets immediately after lunch on Saturday.  Rocket kits will be available for sale for $12.  This includes a rocket kit, two engines, igniters, and wadding.  You are welcome to bring your own rockets as well
  • Model Rocketry at 4:00 PM in the field.  The Oakwood Nation has three launch pads, and many fathers bring additional launch equipment.  We will launch rockets until dinner or when the rockets run out.
  • The bubble machine will be set up near the Mohawk cabins.

Waivers Wrist Bands and Sign In
Upon arrival, everyone needs to sign in at Singerman Hall.  Each father will be required to sign a waiver to attend camp.  When the waiver is signed, you will receive a wrist band for dad and kids which identifies you as belonging at Camp Kern.  Camp personnel are instructed to stop anyone not wearing a wrist band.  I will email a the waivers to all attendees on Wednesday October 4th.  You may bring them to camp filled out, or you may fill out a blank at camp.

Trail Rides and Pony Rides
Equestrian events require advanced registration and payment, no exceptions.  Pony rides are $5, Trail rides are $15 per rider.  There are a limited number of slots available and you will need to sign a waiver to ride.  Sign up at  Horse and Pony Rides

Volunteering at camp
The Oakwood Nation is volunteer run.  We need help to keep our nation strong.  Places needing volunteers include:

  • Friday Evening Sign In
  • Meal preparation and cleanup for dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Mess Hall cleanup after each meal (wiping tables)
  • Tribal Banner Painting needs a supervisor
  • Pumpkin Carving needs a supervisor
  • Model Rocket Building needs a supervisor

Chiefs please remember that your most important role is to welcome new members!  Make them feel at home.  New members are the future or our organization.

Camp Kern Events
What mention of Camp Kern would be complete without mentioning all the things that Camp Kern has to offer.

  • Mini MIne Shaft,
  • Petes Tower,
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • BB Guns
  • Climbing Wall
  • Nature Hikes
  • GaGa Pit
  • Nature Center
  • Zip Line

Looking forward to a great camp!!!

Sleeping Lion
AKA Millard Mier

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Fall Camp – $20 discount for early registration ends Friday 9/22 at 6:00 PM!

Fall Camp October 6, 7 and 8th 2017

Just a quick reminder that fall camp is coming up in 2 1/2 weeks!  You can save $20 if you register and pay for camp by 6:00 PM on Friday Sept 22nd.  Remember, to attend camp, you will need to join or renew your membership to OAG as a separate transaction.  If you wish to purchase a pony or trail ride, you must do so prior to camp.  No rides sales will be available during camp.

OAG Membership

Fall Camp Registration

Pony and Trail Rides

The fall camp includes our yearly membership ceremony around the campfire.  All of the regular Camp Kern events will be back including Mini MIne Shaft, Petes Tower, Canoeing, Fishing, Archery, BB Guns, Climbing Wall, Nature Hikes, and more.  We will have canvas and paint on hand for the tribes to create new banners (hint: bring old clothes).  Of course, the Tribal Snow Cone Machine make a return visit.

Hoping to see everyone there!

Sleeping Lion
aka Millard Mier

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How How!

The September Chief’s Meeting will be held at Kramer’s on Thursday 9/14/17 at 9:00 PM.  We will be working on camp planning (its less than a month away folks).  Registration is now open for camp!


Fall camp will be held on October 6, 7, and 8 2017
Spring camp will be held on May 11, 12, and 13 2018
The website has dates for our major events.


This will (hopefully) be the last email that is sent out using the [email protected]  email address.  Beginning on August 1st, we will be using [email protected] to send out mailings. There will be other new email addresses for the organization as well.


We have lost a lot of great talent his year as children have aged out the nation.  We need new blood for the organization to survive. Please consider stepping up and helping out so we can continue the great tradition that is the Oakwood Adventure Guides.

Openings that we need to fill:

  1. Event Organizers.  Each of our smaller events should be organized by a tribe.  This includes events like Bowling, Canoeing, Pinewood Derby and the Museum trip.
  2. Tribal Chiefs.  Tribal chiefs responsibilities are to attend one meeting a month (this one) send out information emails to their tribe before each camp, and to make new members in their tribe feel welcome.  We need more active chiefs
  3. Nation Chief.  After six great years in the group (one as Nation Chief), this will be my final season before my son ages out.  It is not too early to think about taking over for me as leader of the organization.


Kramer’s is located at just on the edge of Oakwood an the University of Dayton at 1018 Irving Avenue. The meeting begins at 9:00 PM.  Most meetings last about 30 minutes, this month will probably go a little longer.  We often stay afterwards to socialize.

Sleeping Lion
aka Millard Mier

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Fall Camp Registration Is Now Open!

Fall Camp October 6, 7 and 8

Registration is now open!

Camp Kern is coming up the first weekend of October

All of your favorites are back including Archery, Climbing, Nature Hikes, Canoeing, Fishing, BB Guns, Mini Mine Shaft, Rocketry, Pony and Trail Rides, Pete’s Tower, Wildflower walks, Campfires and so much more!  The big news this year is renovated porches on many of the cabins and new showers in the lower bath house.  Camp Kern promise to be fun for all!!!

Camp Kern is open to all members of the Oakwood Adventure Guides.  This is a father-child weekend and is a great time to build memories with your child.  You must pay your membership to OAG to join us at camp

Fall Camp includes our annual ceremony for new members.  New members should be working on their tribal names.  Don’t forget to order your Oakwood Nation Vest.

Annual Membership

Prices for Fall Camp are:

  • Dad + 1 Child = $169.00
  • Dad + 2 Children = $236.00
  • Dad + 3 Children = $301.00
  • Dad + 4 Children = $370.00

Act Now and receive a discount:

There is a $20 discount per family for registering before 6:00 PM on Friday September 22nd!

A late registration fee of $35 will be added to all registrations beginning at 6:00 PM on Wednesday October 4th 2017.

No registrations will be accepted after 8:00 AM on Friday October 6th.  No registrations will be allowed at the camp itself.

Refund requests will be accepted until Friday September 29th at 6:00 PM (1 week before camp).  No refunds will be issued after that time (documented medical emergencies will be considered).


Camp Kern will be enforcing their requirement that you sign a waiver to attend camp.  This has been lax the past few years.  You will need to fill out a waiver at Singerman Lodge on Friday night in order to get your activity wrist bands for the weekend.

We have an excellent overview of what to bring to camp available on the website at Camp Kern Fall

Our two campouts each year are our signature events and as any member will tell you are not to be missed!

Upon after you complete your registration, you will be taken to Pay Pal to process payment.

Pony rides are $5 per rider for the younger kids, Trail rides are $15 per rider for ages 8 and up.  This year, the trail rides and pony rides will require a second online registration and payment.

Registration for Trail and Pony Rides

Special thanks to Josh Green for cleaning up the registration process!

Sleeping Lion
aka Millard Mier
(937) 270-4212


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