4-H hosts first Cooking Camp at fairgrounds

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 16 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski – John Gabalski, left, and James Trembley prepare bread dough during activities at Monday’s 4-H Cooking Camp.

KNOWLESVILLE – A group of Orleans County 4-Hers enjoyed the yummy rewards of participation in the first 4-H Cooking Camp, held Monday and Tuesday at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Participants prepared their own breakfast and lunch both days, learned about nutrition, enjoyed healthy outdoor activities and took home food they had made from scratch through hands-on activities like baking bread, making strawberry refrigerator jam, fruit pie and pizza.

Campers roast hot dogs and sweet corn for lunch on Monday afternoon during the 4-H Cooking Camp held this week at the Orleans County Fairgrounds.

Campers made a breakfast of French toast on Monday and prepared breakfast over an open fire on Tuesday. Monday’s lunch included hot dogs and sweet corn roasted over a campfire and Tuesday participants made their own personal pizzas from scratch.

In addition to food preparation, participants decorated their own aprons; took part in outdoor activities and games; played “The Label is Right” – an educational game which included five nutrition activities involving food labeling and nutrition; and took part in a camp-ending contest by making edible “bouquets” with fresh fruit.

Participants in the first Orleans County 4-H Cooking Camp prep strawberries Monday for homemade refrigerator jam. The campers also baked bread to go with their jam.

Camper James Trembley shows off his edible fruit bouquet creation which he made during 4-H Cooking Camp.