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Kids' Cooking Camps

Kids Cooking Camp 1
 
Kids Cooking Camp 1
Mary Jean Hunter, EFNEP Assistant, Sioux County Extension

Kids’ Cooking Camps were held in four communities on the Standing Rock Reservation.  By doing the camps in the different communities the kids didn’t need transportation to attend.  Kids from 3rd through 6th grades were invited but limited each camp to twelve participants.  The camps ran from 9:30am to 3:30pm, for four days.

I used My Plate, a Yummy Curriculum as my basis. They learned about all 5 food groups, where our food comes from, did a bit of gardening [each planted their own strawberry plant & squash seeds to take with them], table manners and did lots of cooking! The kids made a morning & afternoon snack and their own lunch.  Learning about food safety, names and uses of kitchen utensils was also very important. Games, stories and physical activity were a fun part of each day. All of the kids did some cooking at home either for themselves and/or for their siblings.

Main goal for the camps was the give the kids a better understanding of what they should eat, how to prepare food safely and recipes/options of food they could prepare at home.  All of them enjoyed the cooking and eating!  They left with more skills and knowledge. Each one had a folder of lessons, received a set of measuring spoons and cups, a certificate and a cookbook!  I sent each one some pictures that were taken while at camp.

I feel that these camps are extremely important for the kids to acquire hands on cooking skills and learn about food safety!  Thank you for supporting these camps!

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