Happy Monday and happy Last week of summer camp this summer! Wild how quickly this summer is going by– I am not sure we are ready for it to end!
This beautiful Monday the Orange Peppers kicked off the day with flag ceremony. After flag ceremony we went down to the pavilion for the Stewards and Stewards in Training to lead us in our C.A.R.E.S. Contact skits.
After skits we headed out on a wagon ride around the farm! We saw quite a few deer out there!
After it was time to head out to the garden. We learned about the importance of rain, why its important to track rain, how to use a rain gauges, etc.. We also were able to harvest some tomatoes for salsa later this week!
After the garden it was time to do some animal chores! We also found a snack out in the goat pastures, the Yellow peppers had no fear.
After chores it was time to do our tie dye for camp t shirt Friday and then off to lunch!
After lunch we took a hike to the pond to learn about Riparian Buffers and their importance to water/animal/human heath. We read the story “Riparian’s River” and took a pond walk to see it in action.
After that we learned about erosion and how we can prevent it on our farm. We created our own little rived edge bottles and watched how we could use rocks, plants, mulch to prevent erosion and loosing our soil.
After we headed over to the pavilion to have snack and paint our “teams” flag.
Last activity for today was talking about our STEAM project for the week: Boat Building. We will work on building our boats this week and then test them out on Friday.
Great Monday Campers! See you all tomorrow!
Happy Tuesday! The Yellow Peppers kicked off the day with flag ceremony.
After flag ceremony it was time to make some delicious Pony snacks for Sesame and Friday. We practiced our cutting and cooking skills and made them a delicious vegetable salad. As you can tell the ponies and humans loved it!
After animal snacks it was time to head over to the Edu Garden to meet the Edu Garden Volunteers for a fun day in the garden doing various water activities. We made music with water, had a water balloon fight, and then made mini tornados in water bottles. After these fun activities we harvest some carrots of our afternoon snack and hung out in the mister to cool off!
Then we headed over to the field to learn about how cities, houses, and farms use water and how we pollute the water. We learned that doing our best to use less water is the answer!
Nest we headed over to the barn to do our animal chores. The green peppers got to milk a goat today! We learned about the importance of cleanliness and the uses of goats milk.
After lunch we got building our boat. We have 3 days to make a functioning boat that we will test out on Friday.
Then we headed out to the forest to build a waterproof shelter. We also talked about why a waterproof shelter would be important, different supplies you can use, and good and bad locations for shelters.
The final activity of the day was playing water wizards. Water is a magical thing and has incredible powers. Its soft and easy to move and manipulate but can also be powerful and shapes our landscape everyday. Today we tested surface tension and talked about cohesion and adhesion.
What a fun day! See you all tomorrow 🙂
Happy Wednesday! Today the green peppers led our flag ceremony and did a terrific job!
After flag it was time to rush over to canoeing! We learned the importance of being safe on canoes, how to paddle, what to do if you go over, and played some games in the water. It was a great day to explore the pond 🙂
After canoeing we headed over to the creek and learned about beaver and human dams. We even got to make our own beaver dam and test it against water. The campers did great!
Then we headed over to the barn to do our animal chores for the day. The Yellow peppers got to milk a goat today and it went the smoothest yet. It was exciting to see all the campers do such a good job milking Sage.
After chores we did our last morning activity which was learning about the watershed. We created our own city and talked about where the water goes after it rains and what it might carry with it. The campers did a great job exploring watersheds and learning about how to keep them clean!
After lunch we spent far too long trying to capture a run away chicken– Campers loved it.. but that darn chicken is too good! Maybe tomorrow with the net we can get her! Then we headed out to the forest to test our shelters against water. I think all the camper did amazing testing their shelters against the harsh rainy conditions.
Then we headed over to the barn to continue building our boats. The campers boats are looking quite good!
After boat building we headed over to the silo for snack and to read the Fishy Story. We had discussions on how we can do our part to prevents pollution.
Then, casting practice! Tomorrow is fishing day so today we tested our skills on land and oh boy the fish better be nervous because we have some super star fishermen/woman this week!
After casting practice we headed over to the forest to test our waterproof shelters. They worked quite great!
Happy Wednesday! See you all tomorrow 🙂
Happy Thursday! The orange peppers got to kick off the morning with leading flag ceremony. They did an amazing job!
After, we headed out to the pond to go fishing. The campers did an amazing job keeping sprirts up on this hot day. We caught a lot of fish!
After fishing we learned about irrigation and designed our own gravity powered irrigation system. Leaks were a definite problem, however, the campers were up for the challenge and were excellent problem solvers!
Then we headed over to the barn for the final day to build on our boats. Tomorrow we test !
Next we did our animal chores for the day. Today the orange peppers got to milk a goat! They did amazing!
After lunch we headed out to the forest for a vernal pool hike. Vernal pools are awesome because they are seasonal pools of water that provide a habitat for distinctive animals! Although vernal pools are amazing, and we could enjoy them probably for an entire camp day, the mosquitoes were so bad so we ran in and ran out very quickly!
Once we escaped the forest we headed over to the CSA fields to learn about irrigation from farmer Darby! From the rain from the sky to the reservoir to fire hoses were learned all about irrigation and how they use it to grow their vegetables.
The final 2 activities were pond dipping where we explored the ponds edge and learned about the life it brings! Campers loved the crayfish hunt and the cooler temperature that the shade and water brought them! After the pond we enjoyed some fresh tollgate tomato, garlic and onion salsa!
Thanks for a great day, see you tomorrow for Slip n slide Friday!
Happy Friday! We started the morning with the green peppers hosting the final flag ceremny of the summer. Going to miss these mornings <3
Todays schedule got a little mixed up and changed with the weather. Although we didn’t get too much rain, we did get a lot of thunder. We seeked shelter for about half the day and took the opportunity to hangout, play games, read books, completed some challenges and have fun!
When the thunder was over we were able to have a great time outside testing our boats and hanging out on the slip n slide. What a great summer camp season! Looking forward to enjoy these memories for years to come. Thank you all!