Sept. 13, 2018: Fire Building and Fire Eating

Snack time on The Big Rock

Following our standard snack session, we kicked off the afternoon with a few rounds of the game camouflage.

For those who have not played, it’s a variation on hide and seek.  One person has the “Camouflage”, this is kind of like being “it”. The person with Camouflage calls out “CAMOUFLAGE!!!!” so everyone can hear it. Once it is called the person who is “it” closes their eyes, and counts to ten. From this point on they cannot move their feet.

Everyone scatters and has 20 seconds to find a suitable hiding place, the ideal hiding place is one where they can see the person with the Camouflage but not vice versa.

Once the one who is “it” has finished counting, they still are unable to move their feet, but can open their eyes, and twist at the waist to search for others.  They call out people who they see and their hiding spots.  When they can see no one else, they let others know they are counting again (to 10 this time) and all hiders must move closer to the person who is it.  The game repeats until all hiders are found, or until one of those hiding is able to tag the person who is “it”.

Our next adventure was to prepare to build small fires. We reviewed the materials we needed for the fire with an edible activity.  Each child had the chance to build a fire, starting with dried cranberries (rocks for the fire ring), shredded carrots (tinder), pretzels (kindling), and pirate’s booty (fuel).  The fires were burned quickly by young metabolisms!


After fetching water, we repeated the activity on a slightly larger scale with materials we found nearby.  All who were interested had the chance to practice lighting a match as we lit the fire, which we fed with small twigs before extinguishing.

The final highlight of the day was spotting a Cecrophia moth near our lower fire pit.  This beautiful creature was 4-5″ long, bright green, and covered with colorful spines.  It was just beginning to spin its winter resting place when we discovered it.  The first picture was taken on a Thursday afternoon (by Britt Nielsen) the second just a day and a half later on Saturday morning.

Hyalophora cecropia
First signs of silk, evidence of the start of creating its cocoon on Thursday 9/13


Hyalophora cecropia on Saturday 9/15.

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