Survival Week 1 Day 1

Hello campers and families!

We had a great first day of survival camp! There were smiles and laughter all day long in the rain!

The blue, red, orange, yellow, and green peppers met at the flag pole for the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge.

The pepper groups started off today inside due to thunder and lightning. They really enjoyed a survival maze and tie dying shirts indoors.

What was your camper’s prediction for the maze? How did they interact with their teammates to get through the maze?

Spiral, bulls eye, and free style tie-dye in this group!

The thunder stopped and we were able to go outside to care for our animals!

Campers enjoyed a dry spot for lunch. We are very thankful for the pavilion.

After lunch, campers practiced “STOP” (stop, think, observe, plan).  Applying the “Do, Reflect, Apply” model, campers discussed survival in the wilderness.

Do: The peppers worked together and arranged photos of survival items in order of most importance.

Reflect: Why are the items listed in the following order: stay calm, preserve oxygen, find or build shelter, find water, build a fire, signal for help, first aid, and food?

Apply: In what situations might you need to make exceptions to this order?

The campers also practiced wilderness first aid.

The green peppers practiced making a splint for a broken arm.

Then they pretended a camper was really cold. They gathered a tarp and sleeping pads to wrap around him.

They wrapped up the camper to help warm him. 

All of the pepper groups started shelters in the forest to survive with minimal materials.

Some groups used tarps to keep them from the rain.

Other groups gathered sticks to make a shelter with natural materials. Throughout the day, campers discussed “Leave No Trace” principals.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Leave what you find.
  3. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.

4. Pack it in, pack it out.
5. Minimum use and impact of fire. 

6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

The garden kitchen recipes were fun to prepare and eat.

Morning: Breakfast Quinoa

Pure maple syrup

Cook quinoa according to instructions. When ready, mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and some pure maple syrup. Chop up pieces of apple and mix in.

Afternoon: Tomato Hemp Salad

Fresh greens (ex: baby kale, spinach, arugula)
2 tomatoes diced
1 tbsp. hemp seeds
½ tbsp. olive oil
½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Assemble greens, diced tomatoes, and additional ingredients if desired (such as olives, bell pepper, corn, etc.) Add hemp seeds, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt pepper, and mix well!

Here are additional photos:

We had a great Monday at camp! See you all tomorrow!


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