August 5-9 In the 4-H Forest
Megan Pugh, August 12, 2019
Week six of summer camp is already a blur behind us as we count down the final weeks in the woods! Our guilds of Advanced Primitive Camp, Bow Making Camp, Hidden Trails, Primitive Cafe and Wildcrafting all coexisted in the 4-H Forest, all coming together at the beginning and end of the week to share stories of their time together in the forest.
Arriving at Trillium camp...there was no one to be found...
I followed the happy sounds to the meadow and found a group finding frogs in a puddle.
Two frogs were kind enough to allow themselves to be gently held...
...and passed around. After that it was decided it was time to give the frogs a rest.
We hung out by the fire and enjoyed our friends.
Boys will be boys...
and still hold hands...
Feeling a little hungry, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Primitive Cafe folks seriously focused on their cooking! YUM.
Next I wandered through the forest in search of the Wildcrafters. I had heard something about some little creatures called Puttins. Apparently the Wildcrafters have spent some time creating homes for them and this little woodland friend showed me around a bit.
Other crafters were busy collecting wispies for the fire.
These two got a special escort back to base for an early departure.
Meanwhile the bow makers were busy finishing up their work to head off to their final challenge. OK this is difficult to show in pictures but this crew strung up a lovely watermelon above a machete attached to an apple - the challenge: Hit the apple with the arrow to release the melon to land on the machete.
Everybody took a turn with the sharp shooters going last....
A little cheat and the goal is achieved!
The Advanced Primitive Campers and the Hidden Trails crew were way out in the Hemlocks and on the other side of "The Cliffs" when I visited but they all joined up together on Friday afternoon to share stories and close the week with a song.
Visit us on Instagram for a little video of the final song :)
See you next week!