Tuesday, August 16, 2011

4-H2O Eco Challenge 2011: Day 2!

Tuesday was Tech Day at 4-H2O Eco Challenge, and we definitely had our hands full of fun and exciting gadgets!

In the morning, everyone participated in a Human Bingo game, where we all got to know more about one another by signing off on different characteristics listed on the Bingo game card. Campers signed off on Bingo placements such as "lives on a farm" and "plays the guitar"-- it was so interesting to see how much we all have in common with one another! 

We spent the rest of the morning learning about making story boards for films, and how to use the Flip video cameras we have on site. Breaking off into groups, everyone was able to help build a story board for their own movie that they will be shooting later on this week. Campers have access to the Flip video cameras all week, and have been filming their experiences at Indian Springs with them. 

During our story board activity, we had an unexpected interruption from Justin; the on-site rattlesnake had given birth to her babies, and they were in an easy location for us to see! Taking to the paths, everyone headed out in small groups to where the rattlesnake had given birth (did you know that they give a live birth, instead of laying eggs? Neat!) to get an up-close and rare look at the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake and her babies!

After lunch, it was time to put the GPS tracking devices to use. After a brief lesson from Jason (where we learned how to use the devices and what GPS stands for: global positioning system), campers broke off into four groups and used the GPS devices to hide little treats throughout the park. Once completed, campers then switched GPS devices with one another and had to use the devices to track them back to the hidden treats. 

Tomorrow is Wilderness Survival Wednesday, and it's bound to be a great day! The weather has definitely been on our side this week, and I know that everyone is itching to spend even more time in the great outdoors!

Below is the mother Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, and one of her newborns!

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