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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Herding Cattle

Since we had to abort our Florida “vacation”, we certainly haven’t been sitting back moaning and groaning.  We’ve jumped right back in to helping out the COE on the many jobs it takes to keep the area up and running and getting many items taken care of for the upcoming season.

We also have been heading up the Water Safety Program, along with getting many brochures about the program out to the schools surrounding Thurmond Lake with the help of some other volunteers, we’ve conducted a few of the classes for our target audience, primary and middle school kids.

Just the other day we had another group of young, enthusiastic kids in to the Visitor Center for our Water Safety Program and a tour of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam.  The kids were full of energy and we had a great time teaching them about water safety. 


We get all the kids involved in various parts of the presentation, from trying on life jackets to a science experiment with oranges and a bowl of water, showing how an orange with its peel intact floats, while one without sinks.  An example of how a life jacket works. 

Jacquie, one of our fellow volunteers, does this demonstration with the kids, who get a real kick out of it.


After the program, we took the kids down to the dam for a tour.  They were amazed at the size of it and got to see the inner workings of the control room and the seven giant turbines that produce clean electricity.  (Sorry, no inside pictures for security reasons).

After the inside tour, we took the kids outside for some pictures.  They were a lively bunch and with their never ending energy, we had to “herd” them along to take some pictures of their day to take back to their school.


We even were able to get them to stand still long enough to get Ranger Dave (our boss) into some of the shots.




A great time and lots of fun with kids.  We sure do enjoy this opportunity to help in these kid’s education.  This is one job we’d pay to do.  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. Good for you; if it weren't for folks like you teaching our kids things, where would our youth be? Great to have programs like these to teach them all kinds of interesting stuff!

  2. This just seems like such a wonderful program and since you and Marti are Certified Superior Grandparents I know those kids love doing it with you. Does the program emphasize the importance of learning to swim too?

    1. Yes, we cover that as well as not swimming alone and swimming beyond your capabilities. The vast majority of the kids say they can swim, but the COE life jacket loaner program at many of the lake's beaches get lots of use, so hopefully what we're teaching is taking hold.

  3. Sometimes with those young energetic kids it's more like herding cats! ;)

  4. You guys ROCK!!! We know the kids enjoyed their time with you two as much as you enjoyed educating them:o)) A real win/win!!!

  5. Most folks spend some time around water. It's good that they learn about safety. Maybe the COE will let you start paying them to work there. If not, pay me and I'll send good words to your boss so he keeps you employed.

  6. We sure miss that place. Looks like you guys are keeping the kids corralled enough to learn how to be safe around the water. Say hi to Ranger Dave from us!

  7. Always something to do, and helping the kids is a wonderful way to enjoy your day.

  8. Looks like you lassoed them pretty well.

  9. OH my.. we commend you on your patience and willingness to teach the young ones the things they can absorb one on one, instead of reading it in some book. How wonderful!!!

  10. Better than herding cats. I bet you really make it fun for the kids and they learn something too.

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  12. I think herding cattle would be a lot easier:)

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