It's me again! Today was another great day to be me, or a camper because we had so much fun! After our yellow peppers led us through the flag ceremony, Tyler O. had all of the campers and group leaders do a repeat-after-me song. Can you believe we have two group leaders named Tyler? And I thought it was hard to remember names in the first place!
During morning chores, the pepper groups continued to help care for the animals and some peppers even had extra time at the end to visit with Rock It (our rabbit) and one of the baby bunnies (a kit).
All the pepper groups were super busy out in the garden today! Aside from helping David with chores such as weeding and planting crops like peas and tomatoes, each pepper group gathered ingredients they would use to make their recipe for the Farmers Market on Friday.
After working in the garden and harvesting crops, campers made their way to Garden Kitchen. Using the fresh kale they picked, campers made delicious banana kale pancakes. This easy and healthy recipe is great for the family, especially in the morning before camp. Check out the recipe card below to see how your pepper(s) made this yummy snack.
Today was all about chickens! Our campers had a ton of fun learning all about chickens and eggs during the different activities.
The peppers put on their scientist hats during Egg Science to learn all about eggs. Eggs have a very strong structure to protect what's inside. The bonds of the shell are so strong that if you squeeze an egg as hard as you can with equal force, it won't break! How incredible is that? Campers were also able to examine the egg by dissecting it where they saw the shell, membrane, egg white (which holds all the protein) and the yolk (which holds all the nutrients that the chick would get).
During Chicken Hangout, campers got up close and personal with hens and/or chicks. Each group was able to pick a hen and/or chick to hold and observe on its own and see how it reacts to different environments and what kinds of food it is drawn to. All of the chicks/hens loved the cracked corn and meal worms the best! I think'll I'll stick with my dog food and treats!
Keeping with the chicken theme, campers continued to learn about eggs and incubation. In order for a chick to be born, the fertilized egg must be kept warm at a temperature between 99 and 101 degrees for 21 days. Camp Director Jordan worked with the pepper groups to teach them about the incubator and select eggs they would want to incubate. When we place the eggs in the incubator, we will have new chicks joining our farm animals in a few weeks!
Our campers finished another fun day with bellies full of yummy food from Garden Kitchen and lots of knowledge about chickens and eggs. I'm excited for all of our campers to continue learning about the farm while having a blast doing so!
Catch you tomorrow!
-Em, the Farm Dog