Greetings campers and parents! Welcome to the first day of Animal & Nature camp! I am Turnip, one of the barn cats here at Bowers. I wandered the farm and got to see all the fun activities the kids did today!
The morning started with a Pepper Party, in which campers were split into four pepper groups: green, yellow, orange, and red. Each group painted a flag that represents them as a team. They also discussed the C.A.R.E.S. contract and acted out each behavior: Cooperation, Attitude, Respect, Empathy, and Safety.
Everyday campers will say the Pledge of Allegiance as well as the 4-H Pledge. Today, the orange peppers helped raise the flag and lead the pledge.
“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living. For my camp, community, country, and my world.”
The yellow peppers helped with animal chores in the lower barn. They fed the animals, replaced their water, and milked Flo the goat! Campers even gave me some of Flo’s delicious milk to drink!
Meanwhile, the red peppers took care of horses Mac and Lady. They fed and groomed each horse. Campers also learned how to halter and lead the horses in and out of the barn.
Today in the garden, peppers harvested kale for the garden kitchen recipes! Each camper picked the biggest kale leaf they could find!
Campers made kale smoothies and a cucumber salad topped with kale chips. Both recipes received two big thumbs up! If you want to make either of these at home, follow the recipe card or the recipe listed below.
Campers played a compost game to discuss what food waste can and cannot be composted. They also learned why it is important to recycle and compost!
To end the day, the peppers tie-dyed a camp t-shirt. Each camper went for a different design and color pattern. They will get these shirts back to wear on the last day of camp!
What a great first day of Animal & Nature camp! The peppers were busy with fun activities and the weather was perfect! Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back tomorrow to see what the peppers are up to.