Uncle Carl's Camps

    *A COVID-19 camp update*

    Kauffman Museum staff and Uncle Carl's Camp teachers have created a new plan for 2020 June day camps. All camps will be offered at the members price to help families overcome financial loss due to COVID-19. Those who have already registered will receive partial refunds if applicable. As always, full and half scholarships are available. Full refunds are available until 7 days prior to the camp's start date. 

    The Prairie is ALIVE! (originally scheduled for the first week in June) is postponed until August 3-5. Due to the shortened duration of the camp, the cost will now be $52.50 per camper. Registration is currently full for this camp. However, you can sign up and be added to our waitlist, in case someone cancels their registration.

    Behind the Mask 1 & 2 will be combined and held June 8-12. Camp will be held virtually starting at 9:00 with a daily interactive meeting, pre-recorded instructions on the day's project, online references, and time to check in with the teacher. All supplies and a t-shirt will be distributed prior to camp. There will be an online art show at the end of the week. 

    A Stitch in Time, June 22-26 will meet virtually each day from 9:00-12:00. Campers will receive a packet of all supplies and a t-shirt and have multiple opportunities to interact with the camp teacher as a group and individually for guidance on projects. The week will culminate with an online quilt show. 

    Little Houses on the Prairie is canceled due to COVID-19 complications. Campers who are already registered will receive information from regarding refunds. If you have questions, please use the same email. We can't wait to see you next year for Uncle Carl's Camp!

    Trash and Treasure is canceled due to COVID-19 complications. Campers who are already registered will receive information from regarding refunds. If you have questions, please use the same email. We can't wait to see you next year for Uncle Carl's Camp!


    Charles Kauffman, fondly known as Uncle Carl, moved his museum from South Dakota to North Newton, Kan., in 1940. He spent the next 18 years bringing history and the outdoor world to life for children and adults at the Kauffman Museum. 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.

    2020 Summer Camps

    1. The Prairie is ALIVE!

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

    Mon.-Fri., June 1-5, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Ages 6 to 8 (or completed Grades K-2)
    Instructor: Kendall Smith
    USD 373, Newton, Kan.

    2. Behind the Mask 1

    Who in the world wears masks? Explore cultures that make masks and the kinds of ceremonies where people wear masks. Learn about Native American, African, Central American and Asian mask traditions. Campers will use various materials to make masks.

    Mon.-Fri., June 8-12, 9-11:00 a.m.
    Ages 6 to 8 (or completed Grade K-2)
    Instructor: LaDonna Unruh Voth
    USD 373, Newton, Kan.

    3. Behind the Mask 2

    Campers will explore cultures that make masks and the ceremonies of those cultures. Native American traditions and the influence of the African culture on today’s American celebrations, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, will provide ideas for mask making projects. Campers will make masks from a variety of cultures from various materials.

    Mon.-Fri., June 15-19, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Ages 9 to 12 (or completed Grades 3-6)
    Instructor: LaDonna Unruh Voth
    USD 373, Newton, Kan.

    4. A Stitch in Time: Prairie Quilts

    Campers will explore turn-of-the-century quilts made on the Kansas prairie from the Kauffman Museum quilt collection. During this intergenerational experience, campers will design, piece, quilt and complete their own small quilts or wall hangings with the guidance of local expert quilters. On Monday, camp will extend to the afternoon so campers may attend a local quilting bee. The camp will conclude with a quilt show and quilting demonstration. Weather permitting, this camp will be held in the museum farmstead house.

    Mon.-Fri., June 22-26, 9 a.m.-noon (with optional extension Mon., June 22, noon-3 p.m.)
    Adults and kids, individually or together, minimum age 8 (or completed Grade 2)
    Instructor: Karen Kreider Yoder
    San Francisco (Calif.) Unified School District

    5. Little Houses on the Prairie

    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. We’ll be inside and outside, so come prepared for both.

    A home made with animal skins,
    a home made of log.
    A home with no windows,
    a home with bricks of sod.

    Mon.-Thurs., June 29-July 2, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Ages 4 and 5 (not yet in kindergarten)
    Instructor: Kristin Neufeld Epp
    New Creation Preschool, Newton, Kan.

    6. Trash and Treasure

    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.

    Mon.-Fri., July 6-10, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Ages 9 to 12 (or completed Grades 3-6)
    Instructor: Monty Graber
    USD 373, Newton, Kan.


    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.
    • $70 per camper, museum member rate

    If you have questions about the camps or Kauffman Museum, please contact us at 316-283-1612 or by e-mail at or


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