Greetings campers and parents! Welcome to the first day of Dairy Discovery camp. My name is Turnip, and I am one of the barn cats here on the farm. Today I ran all around Bowers to see what campers were up to and let me tell you, they were quite busy!
The morning started with a Pepper Party, where campers split into four pepper groups: green, yellow, orange, and red. Each group painted a flag to represent them as a team. The peppers also discussed the C.A.R.E.S. contract and acted out examples of each important behavior including cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy, and safety.
After the pepper party, it was time for the daily flag ceremony. Campers helped raise the American and 4H flag and said both pledges. They also learned The Hay Song, which is a camp favorite!
Next, it was time for animal chores. The orange peppers went to the poultry barn to take care of the ponies and pigs. They gave them fresh food and water. Campers also got to groom Dozer and Taffy the ponies.
Down in the lower barn, the red peppers fed the goats, sheep, and llama. They also filled the animals' water, and milked the goats!
Out in the garden, the peppers learned about different herbs. They sniffed each one and selected their favorites to use in their homemade soap later this week. They also helped gardener Danyal weed the bean plants.
This week campers are building their own kites. They discussed what makes a kite fly, and saw those concepts in action as they flew store-bought kites. We can't wait to see the peppers' creations soar when they test them on Friday!
In the Garden Kitchen, the peppers tried gummy worms, lemons, marshmallows, pickles, chocolate, and chips. Then they described each as salty, savory, sweet, spicy, sour, or bitter. They also made mint milkshakes! Follow the recipe card below if you want to make this delicious treat at home.
Campers got creative during the tie-dye activity. Each camper dyed a Bower camp t-shirt. These shirts will be washed and returned to campers to wear on Friday!
The peppers learned that cows have a four-part stomach called a ruminant. They got their hands dirty, feeling inside each chamber. Then they tried to put each bucket in the correct order based on what they felt!
Do you know what dairy is? Today campers learned what dairy is made of, where it comes from, and how it gets to the store. Campers will continue learning more about dairy as the week continues.
What a great first day of Dairy Discovery! We can't wait to see what else the peppers get up to this week. Check back for daily posts to make sure you never miss a moment of our campers in action!