Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Sweet Week


The boys had the opportunity this past month to learn how to make sugar cane syrup!
This new camp addition includes a sugar cane press and a boiling furnace, which were built by various work groups that have helped at camp this season. It has been in the planning stages for a while and we are so excited to have it up and going.

The boys harvested the sugar cane and learned how to press it to get the juice from the cane. This requires the sugar cane press and our camp horses, Carmel and Sandy. After all the cane was pressed we had 120 gallons of juice! After the cane is all pressed and the juice is strained, it is boiled for several hours and all the impurities are skimmed off the top. It is cooled and poured in jars.
What you have left is pure delicious cane syrup.

Here are a couple articles written by some campers about what they learned about sugar cane.

Gabe- Miccosukee Group
Sugar Cane
Well camp has been busy, but my favorite part was the sugar cane. It was a cool process. Step one was to cut the sugar cane. Step two you crush the cane with two large cylinders while a horse walks in a circle. Next, you cook it in a big metal bowl. You also have to skim the green stuff off the sugar cane. Then you scoop the cane into a cheesecloth so it can filter it. Well then you jar it, you let it cool, then you eat it. That was my favorite part of this week.
P.S. Sugar cane syrup is good on pancakes. 

 
Jayce- Miccosukee Group
Cane Syrup
Today after lunch, we went to the sugar cane cooker. While we were there, we watched sugar cane syrup get cooked. Then it was done. We got to put the lids on. Then we had to put them in a bin. I got the job of laying out the jars for Chief Curtis to grab, just to be helpful. It was a good time. We even got to try some of the syrup. It was good syrup. It was fun.



The Cowboy Group harvesting the cane.


This is the sugar cane press that is run by a horse and a few hard workers.

Skimming off the impurities and then putting it in jars.


 
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BUSY BEES



Greetings from Gator Camp!


The New Year has been flying by at camp. January and February have been packed full of fun activities and learning experiences for the boys.
One of those fun activities has been learning more about bees!  In case you didn’t know, here at Gator Camp we have a couple bee hives that we take care of. This year the Cowboy group is learning all about bee keeping. Once a session they are going to check the hives with Chief Curtis and see how the bees are doing. They have been busy researching, recording, and evaluating the hives. Hopefully we will have lots of yummy honey to harvest soon!




 

Monday, October 30, 2017

BRITISH CAR CLUB OF SARASOTA


On Friday, the Cowboy and Miccosukee groups had the privilege, to attend the British Car Club's Annual event for Gator Wilderness Camp. This annual event gives our boys the chance to look over an array of finely restored British cars and then choose the winner of the group. The boys are also given trophies for designing cars of their own. It is a great day for the boys to practice listening and learning to ask the "right" type of questions about this certain subject (cars). 

Thank you again to the Sarasota British Car Club for inviting the boys to attend this event and for the hospitality and your great friendship!





Friday, September 29, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA

As many know, Hurricane Irma struck Southwest Florida nearly three weeks ago now. We feel truly blessed that Irma slowed down to a category 2 by the time it went over camp. Thank to all of you who prayed fervently and without cease! The following is a video made by Chief Devin, showing the destruction that Irma sought at camp. Thank you again for your support and the prayers that we know our Father heard from His children!


Monday, August 28, 2017

SUBMERGED

We've recently had a lot of rain at Gator Camp and everything seems to be submerged under water. Our trails, ditches, ponds, and lakes are all extremely full with the numerous inches of rain we have received here in Southwest Florida over the past week. But we have managed to stay dry and we are glad someone invented rain boots!



                                               


Along with the recent rain, we are very excited for two boys from our Cowboy group who decided to submerge themselves on Sunday by being baptized. Both of these boys recently came into a relationship with Christ and asked to be baptized. It was a great joy to watch these boys make a declaration of faith and to say that they want to stand for what is right and do what is right by being a follower of Jesus Christ.


Aidan & Logan ready to be baptized



Logan being baptized by Chief Greg at the lake



& then Aidan's turn


What a great day! We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in carrying out the work that is being done in these young men's lives. Please pray for these two boys as they have begun the most important relationship they will ever take part in with their Lord and Savior.




Friday, July 28, 2017

THE FOURTH


The constitution of America starts with the preamble. "We the people in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity to ordain and establish the constitution for the United States of America." But the the 4th of July is Independence Day. The 4th is more than fireworks and backyard bbqs. The 4th is the day where America stood up for themselves and basically told Britain to let us be free. So we did by writing the Declaration of Independence. Now we are a free nation from 1776 to 2017. 241 years of freedom!

Written by Max, Cowboy group
Graduated July 2017


Celebrating the festivities out at the pavilion

All dressed up with good spirit
4th of July Annual Water Slide




Friday, June 9, 2017

LIVING WITH ONE FOOT IN THE WORLD

Have you ever tried to read a book with only half the words in it? No, you haven't because it wouldn't make any sense. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will." We cannot understand God's will and serve Him if we conform to the ways of the world even with only one foot, half of our mind, half of our time, or half of our actions. In order to serve God, we need to stop only going half way and give our entire selves to his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Chief Andy Martin

The Cowboy group
Chief Andy Martin & Chief Sammy Kauffman