Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

We know we probably sound like a broken record, but this weather made for another beautiful day at 4-H Camp!!! We are so spoiled this week! We're getting ready for the dance and all kinds of fun yard games, but here are a couple of snapshots from earlier in the day.

We also spent a lot of time at the "ool", but water and cameras don't mix, so we don't have any photos of that.

Planning their final performance for tomorrow's closing ceremonies, here are the youth of Theatre Arts!

 "Crash" helps a LEGO builders participant with her design work.

"Applejacks" hangs completed T-shirts on the drying line.

Don't forget! Parents need to meet the buses at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Orange Elementary School. We plan to send the luggage a little early, so if you can help unload the trailer around 5:00, that would be great! 

Orange Extension Volunteer Featured on Virginia Cooperative Extension Blog

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Mutahara Mobashar, a librarian from Orange County, instantly became intrigued when her colleague gave a presentation on how she trained to become a Master Food Volunteer at an annual library conference. Since Mutahara enjoys educational programming, outreach and working with food, she immediately found a way to get involved. Mutahara was initially informed that the nearest class was going to be in Fairfax County. She found it a little daunting to commit 30 volunteer hours in a county that was out of reach during that time.

Luckily, after a couple of years, the Extension Office in Orange County informed Mutahara that Clare Lillard was their new family and consumer sciences Extension agent, and a Master Food Volunteer training class was offered in Harrisonburg. She was excited to have someone to work with directly and locally. After she completed her training, she became a Master Food Volunteer. During the past two years, she has assisted with health fairs, canning classes and worked with children at school by providing them information on healthy food choices.

In February, she was asked to give a small class to a group of 4H youth on how to prepare and cook something simple. She immediately decided to teach the kids how to make “samosas.” A samosa is a deep fried, triangle pastry that is filled with a savory or sweet filling. As a Master Food Volunteer, she tries to teach healthy eating habits, however, she also tries to make a point to tell children that it is okay to treat themsleves with moderation.

Mutahara wanted to introduce a snack from a different culture that contained some unique spices. The savory samosas were filled with potatoes, ground chicken, onions, salt, cayenne, cumin and coriander. She demonstrated how to make the samosas by making a triangular shaped cone out of a tortilla and then sealing it with flour paste, filling it and then sealing it again. After they were fried, she allowed the children to taste them with a few sweet and sour sauces. Not only did she demonstrate savory samosas, but sweet samosas as well. They were stuffed with home canned apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. After they were deep fried, they dusted the samosas with icing sugar.

Mutahara’s overall emphasis was to encourage creativity and implicitly in the preparation of snack items. She wanted to teach the kids not to be afraid to try new things. Her dedication and hard work has truly made an impact on the kids who attended the 4-H workshop.

Article submitted by Steph Grasso, VT Dept. of Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scenes from a Terrific Tuesday

We are happy to report it's been another great day at camp! Today's Spirit theme was Red, White, and Blue, and this is one patriotic bunch! These fabulous four are donning a previous camp staff shirt, and we so appreciate their volunteerism. We couldn't do camp without them! 

"Sharpie" on staff made an extra effort to participate in our spirit day, plus she helped the Skunk pack earn bear claws! 

The T-shirt Art folks show off their handmade flag print shirts.

Today's project involved tie-dying. This is a Tuesday project so the shirts can dry before coming home with the luggage!

 Salty and Pepper have some incredible workouts for the fitness class! Try exercise sliding across the auditorium. Feel the burn. :)

The evening program centered around marshmallows since our overall camp theme is "There's S'more to Explore at 4-H Camp".

One marshmallow game involved seeing how many marshmallows you could stack on your counselor's forehead. Thanks for being a good sport, Lil Red!

This relay involved teamwork and a quick reaction time.

Here, campers had to use a ruler to hit a marshmallow through the grass, around their counselor, and back to the front of the relay line. 

 The marshmallow toss was fun, but things got a lil sticky when holding the marshmallows in your hand!

"Mallow Ball" was the big winner for the night. It was a hand ball version of Quidditch, affiliated with Harry Potter. Packs worked together to score.

 Again, we are grateful for our strong adult volunteers. They make such a difference at camp!

Tuesday Class Updates

Our traditional campfires include "class reports" where the campers share what they've learned that day. Here are some updates for our readers!

Archery class was aiming for the bullseye.

Shazam, Archery instructor, is an Orange-Madison alumni!

Catchphrase was teaching tent set-up.

And then they were testing their structures. :)

Fishing class was casting off the dock.

Canoeing found a beautiful day on Lake Culpeper.

Campfire Cooking used pie irons in their wood fire.

And Sharpie, cooking instructor, is certainly dressed for the part on Red, White, and Blue Day! We love her camp spirit.

Intermediate Swimming took to the diving board.

Campers Brave Frigid Temps (Just Kidding, Parents!!!)

We were surprised by the number of folks who got up early this morning for the Polar Bear Plunge. Since the weather has been so unseasonably nice, the plunge was actually much cooler this morning than in previous years.

The sun was just peeking through the clouds as we headed down the hill to swim.

Look at this incredible turnout! Their friends stayed in the lodges to sleep.

Champions pose...

Love the reflections in the water!

And they were off! There's a video below so you can appreciate the excitement.

Tough guys who braved the frigid temps. (Actually, they were fine in the water; it was getting out that was the problem!)

Here's a video of the plunge!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Rest of the "Monday Story"

With the amazing weather here at camp, we've ENJOYED being outside the entire time! Look at the good old fashioned fun during afternoon rec!

Gau-gau is life at 4-H camp, and you can see how many kids flock to it each chance they get. Gau-gau is best described as dodgeball in an octagonal sand pit. A playground ball is hit back and forth, but it cannot touch your feet or below your knee. If so, then you're "out". This fast-paced play is exhilarating to play and watch.

There was some serious jump roping going on, too. Several campers made a contest out of it. The record number of jumps after the rhyme was 70, and that's because she was cut off due to time!

Checkers and chess were options for those looking to sharpen their brains and enhance their strategic thinking skills.

The evening program was a talent show, and we had over 20 wonderful acts! Parents, you should be proud of your kids' courage, stage presence, and talents.

There were gymnastics.



And a whole pack who performed a skit rather than selecting individuals.

We also had plenty of singers, instrumentalists, and dynamic duos. What a fun night!

Monday Morning Moments

Editor's Note:  Oops! We thought this published before lunch! We got so wrapped up in a great day of camp that we failed to complete the post. Oh, well, nature, friends, and learning are more important than technology anyway, right???

Brought to you by Blondie, Teen Counselor

Here are some photos of our classes this morning!

T-shirt Art students were using masking tape to start their designs.

Lego Builders had loads of fun while starting to create their masterpieces.

Duck Tape started their first project which was creating flags!

Blow Off STEAM started off by looking through all the fun materials to start their projects.

 Riflery all took turns shooting at the first sets of targets.

Basketball class members were learning skills and scrimmaging each other.

Bubbly Bob introduced the model rockets project. He was impressed by one camper who knew all about physics and started into great detail to answer Bob's question. :)

Sports Mix played kickball, a game that involved everyone!

Goldfish makes a flying leap to make a catch and get the "out".

Then we were off to lunch for turkey sandwiches.