Outdoor Adventure Camp: Week 2, Day 3

Today it was Survivor Tollgate Day! We did all sorts of things to learn to survive in the wild.

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Using tarps and rope, they made shelters. It took a lot of teamwork and communication to decide how to build their shelters. Once they had an idea of what they wanted to build they began working. They built some very large shelters with all their tarps!



We used our foraging leaves from yesterday to make our salad. We made a yummy strawberry vinaigrette for our salad. The strawberries came from our Tollgate garden, that we made strawberry rocks for yesterday. Once we added our strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a sprinkle of sugar then it was time to mix. We smushed everything all up and it was ready to eat!


Thumbs up for canoeing!

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Giving paddle "high fives" to other canoes.

Giving paddle “high fives” to other canoes.


We had such great weather for canoeing today. Before we went in the canoes we had a talk about safety, different paddle strokes, and what we would do if our canoe tipped over. We put on our life jackets and made sure they fit nicely before we picked up our paddles. The person in the front of the canoe had a shorter paddle than the person in the back of the canoe. The person in the back had to steer the canoe while the person in the front had the job of being the power for the canoe. No one fell in today so it was a success. A huge thank you to Heavner Canoe for bringing canoes and kayaks! Make sure to check out our Facebook page next week for all the fun camp photos!

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Each group went on “quests” to find little boxes of stickers. They each had cards which gave them directions then they used the compasses to direct them each way. The directions would start with a landmark or a direction then they would take the amount of steps on the card until they found their destination.

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We had Inquiry Fish this week, which is a program through 4-H which lets them explore engineering type activities by building a device to feed fish. They only had limited materials, so it took a lot of communication and cooperation. This is a program that is only in eight states currently and allows for kids to build critical thinking skills.

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The two methods we used were matches and a magnifying glass. The magnifying glass uses the sun to help create a fire with a concentrated beam. This method takes a lot of patience to keep the beam of sun in one place for so long. Everyone got a turn to light a match and they all did so well! Everyone got it with their first try.

I hope you’re all excited for archery tomorrow!

Garden Kitchen Recipes

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced and muddled
  • Add sugar to taste (just a tiny bit)

Put all ingredients in a bowl then mix well.

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