CURRENT HOURS: CLOSED FOR GENERAL SEASON; OPEN MAY 1, 2018

Summer Day Camp – 6th Grade-8th Grade

girls use the printing press in the print shopHistoric Trades

6th Grade
Full Day
Sessions: 1-9

Become a craftsman and try your hand at some new trades! Find out how things were made before electricity and witness the effects of the Industrial Revolution. Get to work building in the cabinetmaker, compounding medicines in the drug store, and printing on the press in the print shop. Campers will get busy trying new skills in our 1875 town, and showcase their creativity with Native American, pioneer-era, and Victorian arts and crafts.

Registration for Historic Trades starts Jan 3 (Members), Jan 24 (Non-members)

 

Day Theme Activities
Monday Communication Make fans, do paper marbling, shop in General Store
Tuesday* Craftsman Day Visit town sites: print shop, cabinet maker, drug store
Wednesday Native American Crafts Make Mohawk beads, learn about gesture language, CREEK WALK
Thursday Leisure Play 1875 baseball, have a building auction, make lemonade, visit blacksmith
Friday Pioneer Trading Post Cook stew, tie-dye bandanas, visit 1850 Pioneer Farm

 

*Note: All groups have picture day on Tuesday.

CREEK WALK days will be wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for your child to sit on in the car.

Activities are subject to change depending on weather.

 

girl and her father sip tea at a tea serviceCamp Victoria

6th-8th grade
Full day
Sessions: 3, 4, 6, 7

Come experience the domestic education of Victorian women in the 19th century. You’ll learn handwork, cooking, etiquette, courtship, and social routines throughout the week. Campers will cap off the week by serving an elegant, Victorian-themed tea to an invited guest on the last day of camp.

The tea party begins at 2:30pm. Doors will open at 2:15pm. Please enter through the Visitor Center entrance off of Hickman.

Registration for Camp Victoria starts Jan 3 (Members), Jan 24 (Non-members)

 

Day Theme Activities
Monday 1875-1900s Visit Flynn Mansion, make lemonade, learn embroidery
Tuesday* Communication Print calling cards at print shop, make vases and flowers
Wednesday Leisure Visit drug store, learn about fan etiquette, make clotted cream
Thursday Cooking Bake bread and scones, practice calligraphy
Friday Tea A guest will be invited to a tea party – arrival begins at 2:15pm

 

*Note: All groups have picture day on Tuesday.

 

steampunk hat and gearsSteampunk

6th-8th grade
Full day
Sessions: 2, 8-10

Travel through time to the future – as people in the past imagined it! Explore alternate futures inspired by actual steam inventions, scientific discoveries, and geographic explorations of Victorian times. Create your own Steampunk persona and craft costume pieces for your new character. Concoct a new invention, participate in tea dueling, and take your persona on a mystery adventure!

The steampunk party begins at 3:00pm. Doors will open at 2:45pm. Please enter through the Visitor Center entrance off of Hickman.

Registration for Steampunk starts Jan 3 (Members), Jan 24 (Non-members)

 

Day Theme Activities
Monday Steampunk Choose a persona, visit Print Shop and General Store
Tuesday* Technology Learn about Tesla and electricity, brainstorm invention idea, visit Flynn Mansion
Wednesday Occupation Visit various town merchants, practice leather stamping
Thursday Exploration Learn morse code, make rock candy
Friday Inventions Unveil invention at Steampunk party. A guest will be invited to attend – arrival begins at 2:45pm

 

*Note: All groups have picture day on Tuesday.

 

girl draws her bow and arrow, prepared to shoot a targetDeer Run

7th-8th grade
Full day
Sessions: 3-7

Investigate the cultural differences of Native Americans in various regions of the USA as you try archery, crafts, games, and open-fire cooking. Campers will explore a different region each day and wrap up the week by performing a Pow-wow.

Registration for Deer Run starts Jan 3 (Members), Jan 24 (Non-members)

 

Day Theme Activities
Monday Southeast Cook Wild Rice Stew, learn archery, CREEK WALK
Tuesday* Northeast Cook Chili & chips, learn loom beading
Wednesday Great Plains Cook Cheyenne batter bread, make tea-dyed shirts
Thursday Plateau & Basin Cook Ute Tortilla, create seed jewelry, shop in General Store
Friday Southwest Cook Navajo fry bread, put on a Pow-wow

 

*Note: All groups have picture day on Tuesday.

CREEK WALK days will be wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for your child to sit on in the car.

Activities are subject to change depending on weather.

 

boys gather around to cook lunchAdventures of Lewis and Clark

7th-8th grade
Full day
Sessions: 1, 2, 8-10

Become an explorer as you embark on an adventure in early 19th century Iowa! Learn how to get your expedition started, then follow Lewis and Clark’s trek across the Louisiana Purchase. Along the way, learn the skills of map making, archery, plant and animal identification, open fire cooking, and surveying.

Registration for Adventures of Lewis and Clark starts Jan 3 (Members), Jan 24 (Non-members)

 

Day Theme Activities
Monday Before Lewis and Clark Cook chicken and vegetable stew, learn archery, make a drawstring bag
Tuesday* Preparations Cook beef jerky, visit 1700 Farm, go fishing
Wednesday Mapping Cook lazy cobbler, create a map, shop in General Store
Thursday The Expedition Cook 1805 portable soup, learn Morse code, CREEK WALK
Friday Nature Make a leather bracelet, Lewis and Clark scavenger hunt

 

*Note: All groups have picture day on Tuesday.

CREEK WALK days will be wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for your child to sit on in the car.

Activities are subject to change depending on weather.

 

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Living History Farms Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.