The Bumblebee Tradition at K-West | Kanakuk Kamps
The Bumblebee Tradition at K-West

K-West has a tradition that is legendary. The Bumblebee Award that is given out after boys' breakfast has grown over the years to become a beloved part of K-West. Woven into the Bumblebee ceremony are stories of men like Sparky, Fuego and Sankey. You must ask your Kuk kamper about these guys! 

Following breakfast the music begins and the kampers are summoned to "the hive!" Once they are gathered, the Bumblebee makes a grand entrance and gets the crowd riled up. Each specialty gets to award a "bumblebee" to deserving kamper based on classes from the previous day. The cheers are loud, the stories a bit outrageous and the antics are funny to watch. Both the Kampers and the counselors really get into the spirit of the Bumblebee. 

You may wonder why the bumblebee was chosen as the mascot for this award. There is a plaque that hangs in the dining hall that explains that a bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly. If you compare the size of the bumblebee's body to the size of its wings, flight should not be possible. But as the K-West counselors say, the bumblebee "don't care!" So the Bumblebee Award recipients are chosen not based on athletic ability, but on the effort they put forth in class and their willingness to never give up.

Perhaps my favorite part of the Bumblebee Ceremony is that kampers are honored and encouraged as they step forward to receive the award. It reminds me of the verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11. "Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing."

If your son comes home with a Bumblebee Award, be sure to give him a big hug and tell him how proud you are. He definitely deserves it!