Today was Disability Awareness Day. In the garden, the campers listened to an awesome and inspirational talk from one of Saint Louis Paraquad’s employees, whom is in a wheelchair himself. He explained to us what the definition of a disability is and can range from having only one arm to being blind. We discussed how he was able to overcome his disability and use his wheelchair without having to sacrifice daily activities. Then, we split up into four groups and did activities as if we might have had a disability. In one station, the campers put on glasses covered in plastic wrap to mimic being blind and tried to read small print. In another station, the campers had their dominant hand in a sling and attempted to peel and cut vegetables using a special cutting board and knife for a one handed person. The third station was trying to walk around using a splinted leg, and the fourth was attempting to operate a wheelchair. It was a very interesting and informative morning.
After the garden, the campers headed into the kitchen to cook lunch for the day. We made Lebanese chicken wraps with mixed vegetables and fresh fruit. The campers marinated their chicken in paprika and za’atar, then sauteed it with eggplant. The eggplant and chicken was then tossed with fresh vegetables such as green peppers, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. A dressing of tahini, harissa, and lemon juice was mixed together and tossed into the vegetable chicken salad. We served this mixture warm on a bed of spring mix and a pita bread. It was an awesome lunch!
After lunch, the campers headed outside to get their fill of sun and play. We played two intense games of ‘Mother, May I?’ and ran out some built up energy! After play, Ms. Beth came outside and taught the campers how to check their pulse and heart rate! It took a little time for each camper to find their resting heart rate, but we were successful in the end. Then we compared our resting heart rate to our heart rate after doing thirty jumping jacks. Wow, what a difference! We learned that exercise can help make our heart healthy and strong, even playing fun games like the one we played today.
After recess, the campers headed back to the kitchen to make some snacks for the parent party Friday night. We made green tea shortbread cookies and Egyptian Lime Semolina mini-cakes. The green tea cookies were bright green from macha, a strong green tea blend. We made our dough, then rolled it out and cut them out into small shapes.
The semolina cakes were made using semolina flour, melted butter, buttermilk, and baking powder. Once the mini cakes were cooled, we dipped them into a mixture of lime juice, sugar, and water. We are so excited to garnish them with a lime whipped cream and fresh berries on Friday!