Happy Monday everyone! Welcome back to another great week of camp! I'm Em (short for Ember) the Farm Dog! You'll find me roaming about the farm, checking out all the activities the campers do.
We started the morning under the tend with a Pepper Party . All the campers (who we like to call peppers) gathered to meet their fellow group members and decorated their flag together!
With their flags completed, Camp Director Jordan came down to join the party. All the peppers gathered around to learn about C.A.R.E.S. which stands for cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy and safety. Peppers who do a great job modeling these qualities are rewarded with a badge.
After learning about C.A.R.E.S., all the peppers headed up to the flagpole for the morning ceremony. Each morning a pepper group will raise the American and 4-H Flag and lead everyone through the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge. This morning, our red peppers helped kick off the day.
Once the flag ceremony was complete, I walked down to the barns and saw our campers hard at work. We have a lot of animals to take care of and the pepper groups worked together to get everything done. Talk about cooperation! The red and yellow peppers worked together to milk the goats and clean their pens, the green peppers fed the chickens and gave them fresh water and the orange peppers cleaned up the pony and horse pens.
As I strolled on down to the garden, I noticed the peppers hard at work. Between weeding, mulch and collecting produce, our peppers sure were productive! The peppers were able to harvest beans, tomatoes and cucumbers that they will use for recipes later this week.
On my way back to the main building, I stopped by Garden Kitchen to see what the campers were up to. They learned about the six different flavor profiles: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter and umami (savory) and were challenged to a taste test! Using all their senses except for sight, they had to pair the food to its flavor profile. That sure sounded like fun!
On Friday, each pepper group will prepare a recipe for the Farmers Market. Today, each pepper group began brainstorming different recipes they could make and what ingredients they would use. After deciding on a recipe, the peppers got busy making signs and advertisements! You'll want to arrive early to see what your pepper(s) prepared!
After lunch, I headed back out to the barns to see the peppers grooming our ponies. Once each pepper group learned pony safety, they got to visit with and groom Patches, Dozer or Taffy!
Boy, it sure was hot outside today! Our campers were able to relax during their wagon ride around the farm where they saw some of our horses and Angus Cows. I sure would have loved to gone and felt the breeze in my face!
Another one of our Monday traditions here at camp is tie dye. The peppers really embraced cooperation by sharing all the colors with each other as well as the different groups. Each pepper was able to design their own shirt that they will wear to camp on Friday. I can't wait to see how they come out!
What a great day of camp! After all that fun, I came inside to relax. Between working with the animals and wagon rides, our campers had a awesome day!
Who else is excited for tomorrow?
-Em, the Farm Dog