Animal Excursion Week 5 Day 4

Happy Thursday! Everyone always says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what better way to start than with a treat?

After enjoying my morning treat, I watched the yellow peppers lead our flag ceremony. With the flags raised high, they led everyone through the pledges before kicking off the day.

After doing animal chores each morning, the campers had a strong understanding of what to do. They did a great job and worked together to get everything done quickly so they could jump into the day's activities.

Down in the garden, today was all about produce! Since the campers would be using a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs in the kitchen, the campers got right to work. They picked raspberries, oregano, beans, squash and zucchini. Some peppers even worked together to transplant raspberry plants.

Before heading back up to the building, I decided to check out what was going on in the woods. Down at the ropes course, our campers were having fun while engaging in a team building activity. Each pepper got a chance on the slackline while their fellow peppers cheered them on.

On my way back up, I ran into the campers with my buddy Cinnamon. Man, what a great day for a llama hike! Some pepper groups even took turns guiding Cinnamon with her lead rope.

Once inside, I decided to see how the chicks were doing. For the past couple weeks, we've been incubating chicken eggs! Since our chicks will be hatching in about six days, the campers were able to candle one of the incubated eggs and a non-fertilized egg to examine the differences. They also worked together to observe the different parts and dissect the eggs.

After checking on the chicks and seeing what the campers were up to, I stopped by Garden Kitchen to see what was cooking. Today, the campers made fried cabbage using the fresh cabbage they harvested from the garden. Some peppers even added bacon to theirs! I wish I could have gotten some of that!

Today, each pepper put their nest to the test! With nests finalized, the peppers headed down to the gazebo and received an egg. Campers took turns dropping their nest off the gazebo to see how well it protected their egg. They had a great time seeing their STEM project in action regardless of whether their egg was perfectly fine or cracked. Now that's what I call a great attitude!

The peppers also learned about ruminants (animals with a four compartment stomach) such as cattle, goats and sheep. After learning about the different parts, the campers used ruminant buckets to "feel" what the inside of the compartments would be like before putting them in the correct order.

After visiting with Cinnamon and learning about ruminants, the pepper groups got to visit with the ponies! They learned about proper pony handling and helped groom Dozer, Patches and Taffy.

Wow, our peppers sure learned a lot about animals today! I can't wait to see what else they learn and do tomorrow!

I'll catch up with you soon!

-Em, the Farm Dog

P.S. Remind your pepper(s) to wear their tie dye shirt(s) tomorrow. Also, make sure to arrive early tomorrow for the Farm Show at 3:30! Each pepper group will be performing their own skit about something they learned this week at camp!

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