Camp 2012

June 15, 2012

Today, we began in the garden, and one of the first things the campers did was collect cucumber beetles (a foe of the garden.)  One group actually collected 16 cucumber beetles! Our plants will be happy those bugs are gone!

After collecting bugs, we continued to do other herb day activities.  The kids went to three different stations to do fun activities with herbs.

At one table, the kids could make their very own herb gardens! First, they filled their planter with soil, then each camper could pick which three herbs they wanted to grow.

Some of the most popular herbs were lemon balm, garlic chives, basil, lemon basil, dill, and cilantro.  Soon, these planters will be filled with delicious herbs!

We also make lavender wands–stalks of lavender bound together by ribbon.  It took some time, but they looked and smelled beautiful!

The campers also made booboo sap with Ms. Marilyn.  It is made of oil, water, beeswax, and herbs.  It’s great for soothing itches and sunburns!

When we went back into the kitchen, we had a lot of work to do! Each kitchen worked on a cassava cake and dulce de leche to drizzle on top.  The campers taste-tested the dulce de leche and loved it! They did an awesome job with that dessert!

Elena and Peter present their pot of delicious dulce de leche!

One of the ingredients was vanilla bean.  How does it taste, girls?

We also made shrimp and avocado ceviche.  Each kitchen got to de-vein their shrimp.  It took a lot of work!

Grant and David worked very hard at getting their shrimp ready to eat.

Finally, we mixed the ingredients together.  This shrimp and avocado ceviche is going to taste fantastic!