On their first visit, the special guests provided each camper with a copy of the Saturday Evening Post’s children’s magazine, Jack and Jill, and then directed their attention to the poems that appeared throughout the issue. After reading a few examples and explaining the freedom involved with poetry style, Jack and Jill Editor Corey Dalton asked the campers to provide him with a list of outlandish words as he listened and copied them down on the board. When the board was nearly full, the campers were asked to write a poem of their own using at least five of the designated words. After 15-20 minutes of silence, Corey instructed them to complete their work, allowing them to make their final adjustments and then proceeding to ask for volunteers to stand before the group and share their poems. It was a wonderful experience for all, and not only did campers improve both their poetic and oratory skills, they got a huge kick out of the ridiculous, yet very articulate, poetry verses they expressed aloud.
In an attempt to broaden the kids’ horizons, staff members from the Saturday Evening Post shifted gears in their second visit to the camp, this time bearing variously colored Indian corn kernels and presenting the kids with an opportunity to make their own bracelets. Prior to arrival, the guests marinated the kernels in water for 32 hours, giving them plenty of time to soak in the moisture. By the time they were transported to camp, the kernels were soft enough for the kids to prick with sewing needles and string onto their bracelets. Although the craft caused more difficulties than originally expected, all of the campers stuck with their projects, and each of them left the farm with a brand-new Indian corn bracelet draped around their wrists.