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Uncle Carl’s Camps at Kauffman Museum still have some openings

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Camps aimed at aspiring young printmakers and youth who would like to be part of creating a special museum exhibit still have openings in Kauffman Museum’s summer day camp program.

The popular Uncle Carl’s Camps, held in and around the museum on the Bethel College campus, offer something for pre-school through high school ages in week-long, half-day sessions.

“Exploring Printmaking II,” taught by LaDonna Unruh Voth, is for students age 10-12/completed grade 4-6. This camp, which runs June 27-July 1, has a number of openings.

Another camp still looking for participants is “Finding Treasure at Kauffman Museum,” for middle school and high school youth ages 13-18, those who have finished grade 7-12.

LuAnn Zook, USD 373 educator, is leading “Finding Treasure,” June 28-July 1. Just like in the Disney movie National Treasure, said Andi Schmidt Andres, curator of education and Uncle Carl's Camps coordinator, campers will “spend the week discovering awesome stories about Kauffman Museum’s 150 best artifacts. They’ll dig through archives to unearth history, interview patrons to rescue untold stories, go undercover in secret storage areas, sharpen technical writing skills, design documents and learn to ask the important questions.”

The campers’ work will go into creating a Kauffman Museum special exhibit, to open in mid-July, called “Awesome 150” in honor of Kansas’ 150 years of statehood.

A camp for young children that still has a few openings is “Way Back When.” Taught by Kristin Neufeld Epp, director of New Creation Preschool in Newton, this camp is for children age 4-5 (not yet in kindergarten) and runs July 5-8.

“As usual, the camps for children finishing kindergarten through grade three have filled quickly,” said Andres.

Campers may put their names on a waiting list for “Birds of a Feather” (June 6-10 for ages 6-8/completed grade K-2), “Games: The Answer to Boredom” (June 13-17, ages 10-12/completed grade 4-6) or “Exploring Printmaking I” (June 20-24, ages 7-9/completed grade 1-3).

Each camp costs $60 for museum members and $75 for non-members. All campers receive a T-shirt.

For descriptions, including dates, times and ages, of all 2011 Uncle Carl’s Camps, go to – where there is a link to a downloadable registration form – or call the museum to request a brochure. To register over the phone using a credit card, call Andi Schmidt Andres or Victoria Janzen at the museum, 316-283-1612.

Uncle Carl’s Camps are named for Charles Kauffman, known fondly as Uncle Carl, who brought his museum from South Dakota to the Bethel College campus in North Newton in 1940. He spent the next 18 years bringing history and the outdoor world to life for children and adults at Kauffman Museum – also the goal of today’s Uncle Carl’s Camps.

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