After a hardy breakfast of pancakes and waffles, we get straight to business starting out with team assignments. Kaitlyn enthusiastically calls for a drumroll and announces the four teams one by one (Piki, Nooi, Kablooi, and Panda).
And the teams are...
Piki - led by Miles - Kiana, Trinity, Hunter, Adam, and Ryker V.
Nooi - led by Max - Izzy, Sophia, Aime, Charlie, and Luke
Kablooi - led by Frannie - Sofia, Ryker L., Gigi, and Ian
Panda - led by Kevin - Cooper, Patrick, Gretchen, Alice, and Charlotte
The first task for each team is to come up with group agreements that they will follow throughout the week. Each team takes a piece of butcher paper and some markers to jot down the ideas.
Once the agreements are signed by all of the team members, it is time to reveal the project. The project this week is to build a cart that can travel, in one go, from the build site all the way to the gate of Elkus Ranch. Note: Team Panda, which collectively is carted out from previous years, choose the option to build a zip line.
The teams, overloaded with ideas, jump right into planning.
Up at the build site, teams start to plan and test preliminary ideas. Team Piki opts to go for a 3-wheel design and starts measuring plywood for the wheel box.
Team Kablooi's frame quickly starts to take shape.
After lunch, campers started work on side projects allowing them to take a break from the main project.
By mid-afternoon Team Nooi has a prototype of their steering system before deciding to change from a 3-wheeled design to a 4-wheeled one.
Team Panda worked in the morning to make a ladder in order to make it easier to climb into the treehouse, which will be their starting platform for the zip line. They discover that the ladder has some structural issues.
Team Piki already has a suspension and steering system combined into one part.
After much progress from a long day of working, it is time to cleanup. While folding over a tarp, we discover an extremely vibrant frog.
Hungry and tired, we head down for dinner, and afterwards split into evening activities. A notable one was fire bending in which hot coals were placed onto a piece of wood and blown on to burn away sections of wood.
Exhausted from the long day, we wind down for the night with some hot chocolate. Tomorrow we will continue working away at our carts and zip line with new found energy.