Survival Camp Week 2- Day 4

Thursday was a very fun day at survival camp!

Meet the yellow peppers!

They helped in the garden by picking weeds between the rows of corn.

In the animal barn, campers fed the animals and provided fresh water. 

The blue peppers helped move the chicken coup. Why do we move the chicken coup every day? What do the pasture chickens eat?

The yellow peppers cleaned feeding bowls for the lactating goats. These bowls are used to feed the goats while campers do the milking chores. 

The green peppers swept the floor. Many hands make light work! Thanks for caring for our animals peppers!

Safety is important when shooting archery. Staff taught campers about bow and arrow safety out in the hay field. 

The peppers entered the range to practice shooting without a bow and arrow to encourage them to remember safety rules. 

A survival maze was set up in the barn. The campers worked together to get through the maze from corner to corner. What did your camper do to communicate with their teammates? How did communication change when they were no longer allowed to talk? 

The tie-dye t-shirts dried on the line this afternoon. Campers are encouraged to wear their shirts tomorrow to show off their creation.

In morning garden kitchen, the campers made orange, banana, and carrot smoothies.

In the afternoon, the campers made rice pudding. It was delicious. 

Here are the recipes from today:

Morning: Orange Smoothie

1 frozen banana
2-3 peeled oranges
1-2 large carrots
1 apple
Rice milk

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until thoroughly combined.

Afternoon: Rice Pudding

3 cups rice milk or milk of choice
1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
Pure maple syrup or banana to taste
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon to taste
1 orange peel (optional)

Combine 2 cups of rice milk, rice, orange peel, and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add maple syrup and remaining cup of milk. Continue to simmer on medium-low heat and stir until thick, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the orange peel, and remove the saucepan from the heat and let sit for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve (can also refrigerate and eat cold).

Welcome to the shooting range! Arm guards were used to protect the arm holding the bow from the strings.

Campers pointed to the goats/sheep and then to the target to make their “T” stance.

Then campers knocked an arrow on the bow. 

Last, they shot the arrow at the target. How well did your camper aim at the target? What could they do in the future to increase their accuracy?

Campers continued building their shelters today. 

The orange peppers created a welcome sign.

The blue and green peppers added a deer skull they found in the woods to their shelter.

The blue peppers went on an edible food hike. They found plants around the farm to try. 

These campers tried eating the cat tail stalk.

How did the wild plants taste? Would your camper eat them in a survival situation?

The teen volunteers participated in an activity after camp. They listened to a presentation about epinephrine pens in a survival situation.

They ejected an epi-pen into a box to observe what is inside the plastic case. 

Then they took apart the epi-pen case and learned their are additional doses of epinephrine in the case.

Here are additional photos from today:

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