Bill Evans Campfire Cirlce
The Cub Campfire Circle has been in use since the early 1950’s. Over the years it has grown, both in size and significance. Today the Campfire Circle is used as a gathering place for Cubs all year round, and is used nightly in the summers for fun, fellowship, and song.
In 1997 the Cub Campfire Circle was renamed the Bill Evans Campfire Circle, after Bill Evans, a Scouter who had devoted more than 35 years to the Directorship of the Summer Camp Programs. A group of Scouters, friends of Everton and of Bill restored the Campfire Circle and made it what you see today. Bill was an avid admirer of Native American culture and it is for this reason that much of the symbolism found in the current campfire is derived from First Nations art.
The white enclosure and gate symbolize peace, while the red figures above the gate represent shaman, or medicine men dressed in buffalo hide. Their presence keeps away unfriendly spirits. Each of the poles is decorated with a shield, each with its own story and significance. The shields each have two eagle feathers that represent bravery and perseverance. The double-headed Thunderbird sits above the Campfire chief’s chair and relays the fun and excitement of the circle upwards to the Great Spirit.
The Totem pole was erected in Bill Evans’ honour. An elephant facing westward towards the setting sun caps it. The elephant was Bill’s animal as almost all Cubs in North Waterloo District called him Hathi (the elephant from the jungle book). The shield on the pole represents Bill’s love of Everton forest, his strength, his wisdom, his profound spiritualism, and the love that all shared for him.
Since 1998 the Campfire Circle has been maintained by Rover Crews and other Friends of Everton, and will continue to be so for many, many years to come.
CAMP EVERTON THANKS YOU FOR USING THE BILL EVANS CAMPFIRE CIRCLE WITH THE RESPECT THAT IT IS DUE. BY SHARING IN THIS VISION, MANY MORE DARK NIGHTS WILL BE FILLED WITH ITS LIGHT AND LEGACY.
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