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Capital Campout 2016
June 15, 2016
Saturday, June 11th was National Get Outdoors Day. As many of you know, nature, and especially spending time in nature, is especially important to us. Equally important to us is emphasizing the benefits of healthy and locally sourced foods. We believe these things are best taught at a young age. So when we got invited to the Capital Campout for the second year in a row, we jumped at the chance to help teach all three subjects to some really great kids!
The campout this year was held at the Millerslyvania State Park in Olympia, which made getting (and staying) outdoors effortless to everyone involved. The attendees were treated to a weekend of hiking, canoeing, learning about nature, and all the other regular perks of camping. Some of the kids attending hadn't spent much time out of the city, so the hope was to instill a love of nature and all things that make spending time there so beneficial.
As for our main part in the event, our very talented chefs and a few other team members put on some cooking classes for the children to show some small steps that can be made to make meals healthier. Sometimes, it is assumed that healthy takes a lot of work and we wanted to teach that it doesn't take much effort at all.
Due to this event being a camping trip, the chefs whipped up a menu with a camping food theme. Kids were shown how to cook chili, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes, all of which with a health twist. The chili was made with turkey instead of beef for a leaner style, the macaroni salad was made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for less fat and more nutrients, and the corn on the cob and baked potatoes were baked with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.
Best of all, each of the children who attended the cooking class, assisted in a large part of the food preparation. As most people know, it is better to show something than to tell something and the hands on approach is generally a great way to learn (not to mention a great way to keep the attention of kids). While many kids asked to, we didn't allow any of them to use the knives or stove, but we did have them coat, wrap, and salt the potatoes and corn among other age-appropriate activities. The wonder and excitement in many of their eyes showed us that our hopes of instilling a love of food and nature was a success.
After all, the more you know, the more you care.
Lastly, we'd like to thank the Capital Campout's organizers for inviting us to participate for the second year in a row. It truly is an honor for many reasons.