Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe today was the third week of camp? In case you don't know me, my name is Em (short for Ember) and I'm the Farm Dog here at Bowers! Just like our campers, I'm out working on the farm during the day, but I stop by to check out all the awesome activities the campers do!
We kicked off this week with a Pepper Party where each pepper group worked together to make their own flag. This was a great way for the campers to meet all of their fellow group members while doing a fun activity.
After the flags were complete, all the peppers circled up around Camp Director Jordan to learn about C.A.R.E.S. which stands for cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy and safety. Group leaders rewarded campers with a badge when they demonstrated one of these traits.
Every morning, we start our day with a flag ceremony. All the pepper groups gathered to watch the red peppers raise both the American and 4-H Flag before they led everyone through the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge.
When our flag ceremony was complete, we started our day with farm chores. Chores are important, especially because we need to take care of all the animals. Each pepper group was responsible for different chores; Red peppers worked with the goats and sheep, orange peppers helped the horses, ponies and pot belly pigs, the yellow peppers were responsible for our rabbits and the green peppers did chores in the poultry barn with the chickens, turkeys and quail.
Out in the garden, the campers were busy helping Garden Leader David. They were able to see and collect worms, spread mulch and pick produce. Today was a great day for raspberry picking because there were so many that were ready to be harvested!
Campers learned more about worms during the STEM activity where they began working on their worm compost. Worms are beneficial for the garden because they help the soil. They help aerate the soil, break down organic matter and leave castings behind that act as a fertilizer. Today, each pepper group observed the worms before decorating their compost bin.
After learning about safety in Garden Kitchen, campers participated in a six flavor taste test using different foods. Each sample was representative of sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter or umami (savory) and campers had to decide which food belonged to which profile.
Since this week's theme is Goats n' Gardens, our campers spent more time with our goats today. Each pepper group was able to visit with the goats and then take them on a walk around the farm where they observed their behavior outside the barn.
At camp, we have a couple Monday traditions including a wagon ride and tie dying shirts. During the wagon ride, campers were able to relax while seeing some of the animals.
Campers had a blast tie dying their shirts. Everyone decorated their shirt with a unique design that they will get to wear on Friday. It'll be so fun to see everyone in tie dye, including our staff!
Wow, we sure had a busy day and our campers enjoyed every minute of it! Who else is excited for camp tomorrow?
I can't wait to see everyone again!
-Em, the Farm Dog
P.S. Just as a reminder, there will be a Farm Show on Friday at 3:30. Each pepper group will perform a skit about something they learned at camp this week! It'll be a show you don't want to miss!