What another great day at camp! I decided to relax before the day's activities started because I knew it was going to be a busy, but fun day. As usual, we kicked the morning off with our Pepper Party and Flag Ceremony, led today by the orange peppers!
Afterwards, it was back to work! The peppers took care of their daily chores and even helped out other groups when they finished early. Now, that's what I call good cooperation!
There was a lot to do out in the garden again as more crops keep coming in. Peppers helped with weeding, spreading mulch and even harvested some red potatoes that they used in garden kitchen.
Since our campers know and understand the kitchen rules, it was time to start making fresh and delicious snacks in garden kitchen. Our campers peeled and shredded potatoes and also made applesauce. Applesauce is great on its own, but also pairs well with potato latkes. Check out the recipe cards below for a delicious recipes you can make at home.
Campers continued learning about nests and the importance of them. During camp, the peppers saw a real bird's nest with babies inside. This gave them good ideas for how to build their own nest and what materials will work best. During their hike today, campers gathered a variety of materials including grass, hay/straw, leaves and mud/dirt.
Using eggs, meal worms, cinnamon, oats, layer feed, cracked corn and molasses, campers made chicken treats. After mixing all the ingredients together, they finished the recipe by baking the treats in the toaster oven. Later this week, each pepper group will get to cut up their chicken treats and feed them to the chickens.
Campers also got to familiarize themselves more with the goats during the goat wash activity and "Bugs in my Milk." Each pepper group got to wash a goat of their choice. By washing the goats, it helps keep them clean and free of any pests, such as bugs and fleas.
The peppers also learned more about milk. They learned that pasteurizing the milk helps to remove any bugs, bacteria, grass or hair that might be in the milk. They also got to see the difference between pasteurized and unpasteurized milk under a microscope.
Today was another busy day, but our campers sure learned a lot and had fun doing so! I'm sure they are just as tired as I am, but excited to see what tomorrow brings!