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Legends and Lore

One of the most popular parts of Camp Leif Ericson are the unique legends and lore. Camp legends are told during special activities, and camp lore are found throughout camp. Campers experience fun, excitement, and history through stories, song, and activities

Some of the more popular legends and Lore are:

Chief Drifting Goose and Taps

Leif Ericson and the Giant Golden Bird (originally the Giant Peanut Bird)                                     King Kuukalayla                                                                                                                               The lore of the Gnomes

The legend of the great Chief Drifting Goose and Taps, as with the story of Leif Ericson and the Golden Bird, incorporate history with fiction. The stories are original, copyrighted stories, exclusive to Leif Ericson Camp, written to inspire and enlighten campers. The are both found in the book pictured at the left. They can be read on line at:

To purchase a copy, click on the cover photo.  

The story of the Viking explorer, whom the camp is named after, tells of the Vikings finding their way to the Great Lakes and eventually to the Falls of the Big Sioux River, where they meet some Indians who tell the legend of a giant bird who helps those who practice three virtues: Kindness to others, Respect for elders, and Caring for Nature.

The story of the Great Chief Drifting Goose tells of his exploits along the Big Sioux and James Rivers, and his meeting Captain Butterfield, nephew of the originator of the beautiful song "Taps". This story is told after dark at Campfire Point, and ends with a beautiful Taps being played by the spirit of the Great Chief.

King Kuukalayla is the story of how two camp counselors come upon a secret island during their vacation, and meet a large Polynesian chief on the island of RikiTiki.

The Gnomes at camp are seen by campers, but not staff. Their red and green hats are found lying on the ground, and at night, lights can be seen in their tree houses.

gnome pone
gnome pone

Here a fishing gnome sits with his stick pole. (Gnomes do not catch fish, since they are vegetarians. They tie bits of bread on their lines to feed the fish.)


The great Chief Drifting Goose      

 ( Magabobdu) 1821-1909, 
Chief of the  Hunkpati band of the Lower Yanktonai