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    Uncle Carl's Camps



    Charles Kauffman, fondly known as Uncle Carl, brought his museum from South Dakota to North Newton, Kansas, in 1940. He spent the next two decades bringing history and the outdoor world to life for children and adults at the Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus. In keeping with Uncle Carl’s tradition, Kauffman Museum offers discovery-oriented, hands-on summer camps for children. Come explore new and old worlds with us!

    Masks required. All camps are subject to change. COVID-19 safety procedures will be determined by the Bethel College Emergency Response Team, which acts according to Harvey County, KDHE and CDC recommendations.
     

    1. Trash and Treasure

    IN-PERSON

    Want to dig "into" history? This is the camp for you. Someone’s trash can be someone else’s treasure. We will investigate how we live and what we leave behind. Come and get dirty with us.  

     

    June 1-4, 9:00-12:00

    Age:  Age 9 to 12 (or completed grade 3-6)

    Maximum enrollment 16

    $70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

     

    Instructor:  

    Monty Graber

    USD 373, Newton, KS

     

    2. Watercolor My World 1

    IN-PERSON

     

    Explore a variety of techniques for working with watercolors. Campers will use objects from Kauffman Museum exhibits as subjects for their artwork. Come color your world!

     

    June 7-9, 9:00-11:00 
    Age 6 to 8 (or completed grade k-2)

    Maximum enrollment 16

    $65 per museum member / $80 per non-member 


    Instructor: 

    LaDonna Unruh Voth
    USD 373, Newton, KS

     

    3. Watercolor My World 2

    IN-PERSON

     

    Discover a variety of techniques for working  with watercolors. Drawing from observation, campers will use nature and objects from Kauffman Museum exhibits as subjects for their artwork. Come color your world!

     

    June 21-25, 9:00-11:30
    Age 9 to 12 (or completed grade 3-6) 

    Maximum enrollment 16

    $70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

     

    Instructor: 

    LaDonna Unruh Voth

    USD 373, Newton, KS

     

    4. The Prairie is ALIVE!

    IN-PERSON

     

    Campers will explore the prairie and find living things everywhere! Using stories, guidebooks, hikes, science experiments and daily observations, we will find out that there is much more than meets the eye living in our local prairies. Almost all of our time will be spent outside so please dress for the weather!

     

    June 28-July 2, 9:00-11:30
    Age 6 to 8 (or completed grade k-2)

    Maximum enrollment 16

    $70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 


    Instructor: 

    Kendall Smith
    USD 373, Newton, KS

     

    5. Little Houses on the Prairie 

    VIRTUAL (3 days) and IN-PERSON (1 day)

    We will explore different types of homes from pioneer days. Come find out who built these homes, what they were made of, where they were built, what they did inside the houses, and why they did things that way! 

     

    All supplies and snacks will be ready for pickup at the museum the week prior to camp. The museum will ship items for an additional fee. Zoom sessions will include songs, stories, project instructions and snack talk...all from Kauffman Museum!  An adult may be needed during Zoom sessions to help with project and snack times. 


    July 6-8, 9:00-9:30 Zoom sessions

    July 9, 10:00 at the museum, self guided Prairie Celebration and meet the teacher
    Age 4 and 5 (not yet in kindergarten)

    No maximum enrollment

    $70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

    Instructor: 

    Kristin Neufeld Epp
    New Creation Preschool, Newton, KS

     

    6. Pedal Power

    IN-PERSON

     

    If you like to bike, this camp is for you! Campers will build endurance and learn bicycle safety, history of biking through Kauffman Museum’s collection, bicycle maintenance and repair, riding rules and etiquette. Campers must already know how to ride a bike and be ready to expand their skills and confidence. Each day campers will bike longer distances, ending in a 10-mile ride. Each participant must bring a bike in good working order and a helmet.

     

    July 12-16, 9:00-12:00
    Age 9 (or completed grade 3) through adult

    Register as an individual or youth/parent or grandparent team (register individually)

    Maximum enrollment 20

    $75 per museum member / $90 per non-member
     

    Instructors: 

    Karen Kreider Yoder
    SF-USD, San Francisco, CA

    Stephen Kreider Yoder

    Wall Street Journal
     

    Information needed for registration:

    Camp choice

    Camer's name

    Parent/guardian name

    Address

    City/State/Zip

    Phone number

    Email address

    Birthday

    Grade completed as of June 1, 2021

    T-shirt size - Youth S (6-8)  M (10-12)   L (14-16);  Adult  S  M  L  XL  2XL

    Payment

    Payment

    Payment must be included with registration. For information about becoming a Kauffman Museum member or about need-based scholarships, contact the museum. Cancellation policy available upon request

    Questions?

    If you have questions about the camps or Kauffman Museum, please contact us at 316-283-1612 or by e-mail at kmcamps@bethelks.edu or kauffman@bethelks.edu



    Registration

    United States—Kansas

    About Bethel

    As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.