Thank you Leon Beeloo for bring out the Webelos this past weekend! We all had a great time. I’d say there were about 15 kids and almost as many adults and we turned three and a half hours into a week’s worth of fun and education.
We started over at Fuller street where the boys enjoyed chasing the chickens, riding the goats, playing in the chicken tractor, and making a lot more noise than all the farm animals put together. But as soon as it came time for the tour, everyone was all ears (wolf ears the WEBELOS say) and ready to listen. We showed everyone the hives and they were happy to stand right up close without fear of being stung… and noone was! Stephanie then found some older dead bees, a male and a female, and showed the boys the difference in the two (see pics in next post). After that we wandered across the fields to show them what’s growing and teach them a little bit about pest control and water usage. There were lots of great questions and just as many answers from the WEBELOS themselves.
Next we headed over to Soule fields to have lunch – while we learned about decomposition and compost – and race across the open space. The adults were too slow of course. Now here comes the best part… we then planted 4 200-foot rows of potatoes… with free labor! And the labor loved it! Farmer Dave taught us all the two key rules when planting potatoes… at least 2 eyes (so, as William says, “they can see”) and no smaller than an egg. We still wound up with many more potatoes than the rows could fill, but we’ll just fit those into the 12 more rows still to be planted… volunteers anyone??
We finished the afternoon at Soule down by the stream – no pictures cause LeeAnn was busy raking in the rows – and with a group picture at the top of the field. And then for those that were interested (which may have been everybody) we headed back to Fuller for one final chicken run/goat ride.
All in all it was a great day and it was wonderful to see the boys having so much fun with just dirt and fresh air. I was excited by all their questions, their genuine interest in the answers, and by how much they already knew. Thanks again Leon for making this happen!
Check out the pictures below that LeeAnn posted and see this link for the WEBELO page and click on photo album for their pics: BSAPACK22.ORG