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Uncle Carl’s Camps to feature toys, survival and a writers’ workshop

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This summer, Uncle Carl’s Camps at Kauffman Museum include a new offering especially for young writers. Uncle Carl’s Camps are named for Charles Kauffman, fondly known as Uncle Carl, who brought his museum from South Dakota to North Newton in 1940. In keeping with Uncle Carl’s tradition, Kauffman Museum offers discovery-oriented, hands-on summer camps each year.

Offered for the first time, "Writers of the Prairie" will help writers age 12-18 (or have completed Grade 6-12) explore writing interests, discover strengths and learn more about the craft of writing. Instructor is Karen Kreider Yoder, a 5th-grade teacher from Piedmont, Calif., and teacher consultant to the Bay Area Writing Project.

This new feature of Uncle Carl’s Camps takes place July 11-15. Campers will draw inspiration from behind-the-scenes museum artifacts and the prairie around Kauffman Museum. There will be daily opportunities to share writing with peers, and each camper will publish a small collection of pieces.

Other sessions of the popular day camps are filling up fast.

One camp with places still available is "Survivor on the Prairie," led by Aaron Chappell-Deckert of North Newton from June 13-17, for ages 9-12 (or have completed Grade 3-6). Chappell-Deckert is an adventure racer who will help campers explore nature and play adventure-based games in order to discover tools and skills for survival on the prairie.

LaDonna Unruh Voth, an art teacher for USD 373 in Newton, will lead two art camps focusing on toys, June 27-July 1. The morning session, for ages 6-8, is filled (names will be put on a waiting list), but the afternoon session, for ages 9-12, still has openings. Using the museum’s collection of toys, participants will learn about other cultures, and will design and create toys to take home.

"Way Back When," which runs from July 5-8, is a camp for very young children, ages 4 and 5 (have not yet completed kindergarten). Kristen Neufeld Epp, director of New Creation Early Childhood Program in Newton, will help children imagine what the past was like with the help of lots of hands-on activities.

The first camp of the summer, "Birds of a Feather," June 6-10 for ages 6-8 (or have completed kindergarten or Grade 1-2), is filled and taking names for a waiting list.

The fee for each camp is $50 for museum members and $65 for non-members, and includes a T-shirt.

To find out the exact time for the camp of your choice or to get registration materials, call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612, e-mail ASA@bethelks.edu, check the Kauffman Museum web site at www.bethelks.edu/kauffman, or stop by the museum at Main and 27th Streets in North Newton. The museum is open 10:30-4:30 Tuesday through Friday and 1:30-4:30 Saturday and Sunday (closed on Mondays).

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