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6th grade camps

For campers entering 6th grade in fall 2024


Step 1: Purchase tickets using the links below

Step 2: Submit a Camper Information Form
    (This is where you can make a request to place your child with another camper.)

Please note that you need to purchase tickets AND submit a Camper Information Form to complete your camper’s registration.

Then watch for these three emails:

  • Immediately: Confirmation of payment from
  • About a week before camp: Details of drop-off/pickup, schedule, etc. from
  • About 5 days before camp: Introduction from your counselor.

Questions about registration and logistics? Email
Questions about camp content and curriculum? Email

farmer pushing plow behind horseFarm Power

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 3–6

“Farm power.” What does that phrase bring to your mind? Big tractors and combines? Large windmills? Horses pulling plows? This camp is about all of that, and much more. Explore many forms of power, including economic power, social power, and political power. Find out how things were made before electricity, and witness the effects of the Industrial Revolution on farming. See the changes in power from Native American to Victorian times and beyond through scientific discoveries, geographic explorations, and steam inventions.

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayHuman PowerOlympics, visit 1700 Ioway Farm, go fishing
TuesdayAnimal PowerLearn about horse power, visit 1900 Farm, make animal bookmark
WednesdayMachine PowerVisit Blacksmith and Implement Dealer, play Ticket to Ride, make broom at Broom shop
ThursdaySocial PowerVisit Bank and Tangen Home, play 1876 baseball, shop at Museum Store
FridayPower of the FutureBake solar cookies, make pinwheels, Creek Walk

Activities subject to change. Short weeks will vary but will include creek walk. On creek day your camper will get wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for the car.

camper explaining exhibit

Museology (5–6th grades)

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 1–2

Have you ever wondered who puts museum exhibits together? A curator, that’s who! If you love history or museums, this is the camp for you. You will see items from the museum’s collections that are rarely on exhibit. Discover how the museum cares for these objects and what we can learn from them. Along the way, you will find out what it takes to create a museum exhibit and design your own tabletop exhibit. At the end of the week, show off your exhibit to your family in a Grand Exhibit Unveiling.

The Grand Exhibit Unveiling takes place Friday at 3:15pm at the Visitor Center off Hickman.

Note:  This camp does not include a creek walk. 

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayHistory Through PeopleWhat different museum workers do, visit 1700 Ioway Farm, oral history, brainstorm your own exhibit
TuesdayHistory Through ObjectsLearn to “read” objects, collections behind the scenes, start building exhibit
WednesdayHistory Through Reading & WritingVisit Print Shop, Flynn Mansion, Schoolhouse; continue building exhibit
ThursdayHistory Through Living ThingsVisit 1900 Farm, nature walk; continue building exhibit
FridayPutting It All TogetherDesign activities to make exhibit interactive, finish constructing exhibit, 3:15pm Grand Exhibit Unveiling

Activities subject to change. 

1876 baseball playersFarm Olympics

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 7–10

Paris is hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. We are hosting the Living History Farms Olympics! Try different farm-themed activities. As a team, build a split rail fence. See how much horsepower you can generate. Play 19th-century baseball. Put your mind to the test too with a spelling bee, scavenger hunt, and trivia contest. End the week with a unique Closing Ceremony.

The Closing Ceremony will showcase the strengths of each camper and takes place Friday at 3:45pm at the Exhibit Center. Come to the camper drop-off/pick-up area, and you will be directed to the ceremony.

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayCompetitionsOpening ceremony, minute-to-win-it games, team challenges
TuesdayTownVisit Schoolhouse, archery, shop at Museum Store
WednesdayWater DayGo fishing, design boat, Creek Walk
ThursdayIoway & PioneersLearn Native American games of skill, play 1876 baseball, visit 1850 Pioneer Farm
FridayHorsepowerAgriculture Trivia, log sawing, 3:45pm Closing Ceremony

Activities subject to change. Short weeks will vary but will include creek walk. On creek day your camper will get wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for the car.

campers at victorian garden partyVictorian Garden Party (6th–7th grades)

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 2, 4, 6–8

Victorians loved nature. They decorated their homes with the four Fs: flowers, feathers, fowl, and fur. Experience what children were taught in a typical Victorian household. Learn etiquette, handcrafts, cooking, and social routines throughout the week. End the week by throwing a Victorian garden party for an invited guest on the final day of camp.

Note: This camp does not include a creek walk. 

The Victorian Garden Party will showcase campers’ handicrafts and cooking and takes place Friday at 2:30pm on the Flynn Mansion lawn. Party is for one invited guest. The guest will need to check in at the Visitor Center off Hickman.

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayCommunicationBake cinnamon rolls, learn to embroider, make paper flowers
Tuesday1876 to 1900sPlay parlor games, visit Print Shop, shop at Museum Store
WednesdayLeisureVisit Millinery, learn archery, visit Flynn Mansion
ThursdayCookingMake food for Garden Party, create paper lanterns, learn calligraphy
FridayGarden PartyPrepare for Garden Party, 2:30pm Garden Party followed by personal tour of Flynn Mansion guided by camper

Activities subject to change. 

Wait list

  • If a camp session is full, you may fill out this form to be placed on a wait list.
  • Include the program and date that you are interested in attending.

Group Requests

We have multiple camps of the same age group, and, therefore, we cannot guarantee your child will be placed with his or her friends. However, we will make every effort to accommodate up to two requests. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Campers must be registered for the same camp, in the same week, and be in the same age group. If both campers do not request to be placed in the same groups, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.
  • Camp is about making friends and they quickly form strong friendships. When large groups of friends are grouped together other campers can feel left out. We will split requests larger than 3 friends.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.