Today is the second day of farm chores. In my cabin, we all wake up at six a little groggy, but eager to get down to the farm. Waking up early is definitely hard, but working with the animals makes it all worth it. I love my job. I groom Sal and Braego each morning, give them water and sweep the barn. Before we know it, it time to head up for breakfast. Breakfast today was oatmeal and blueberry muffins from Bill Hinkley’s blueberry farm—so good! After breakfast, it is time for dish crew. We try to get the dishes done quickly so we can all go get ready for the OC encampment. The rush, however does not restrain us from singing and dancing around the dish room. With the dishes finished I run off to get changed and pack my day pack for OC (Outdoor Classroom). I meet my group and discover today we are orienteering.
Orienteering is a lot of fun. We were given a map of Chewonki Neck and given three spots to find. We first had to orient the map so it faces north. From there we determined the degree we needed to follow from each destination. My group’s spots were Sunrise Cabin, The Inlet, and then back to the Farmhouse. We were done before all the other groups so we got to have a nice talk with Keith (our group’s leader) and eat some Gorp. When the rest of our group arrived, we learned about their trips. Some people had some funny stories about getting stuck in the mud flats. Our group wrapped up and then got changed for dinner.
After dinner, we were able to choose two night activities. My first one was “Fried Dough.” A few students and I cooked some biscuits over a campfire. Some students brought their guitars and it was a lot of fun. My second activity was Astronomy. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to be outside, but Matt had a cool program on his computer which showed us many constellations. It was so cool learning about the stars.
-Steph Wasser, Bernardsville, NJ