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Summer camp... at the museum? County museum to host kids’ day camps in June, July and August

The Becker County Museum will be hosting a series of summer day camps for kids between the ages of 7-14 this summer. A Summer Art Camp at the Museum is planned for July 10-12, and will include working with ceramics, glass, string art and mixed media (as shown above). (Submitted photo)1 / 3
A Robotics Camp for kids between ages 7-14 will be held this summer at the Becker County Museum, on Aug. 20-23. The camp will give participants a chance to work with tiny robots, known as Ozobots, while learning about computer programming, circuit building and more. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
In addition to their summer day camps for kids between ages 7-14, the Becker County Museum will also be housing such kid-friendly exhibits as "Creativi-TEE," where they can create designs on a giant peg board using colored golf tees, courtesy of the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament organizers. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

For the first time ever, the Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes will be hosting summer day camps for kids throughout the summer.

"The museum is offering three summer camps in the areas of art and science this summer, and we're super excited about it," says Becky Mitchell, the museum's executive director.

The first will be a Nature Science Camp, which is set for June 25-28.

"This is a four-day camp," says museum program director Emily Buermann. "We're going to learn about the science behind nature, by studying the plants, flowers, bugs, worms and other creatures of Becker County — in the water, in the air, and on the ground.

"Every day we'll be learning about something different, and doing a craft activity related to that," she added, noting that each session runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

"It's going to fun," said Buermann. "We will do hands-on, messy stuff and they'll have something to take home with them afterwards."

"This is something that's great for working parents," Mitchell added, noting that the museum's nature science camp is being held on the same days as the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Camp at the Historic Holmes Theatre, which will run from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25-29 (visit www.dlccc.org/holmes.html for more information on that event).

"Kids can pack a lunch and stay for the day," Mitchell said, adding that museum staff will personally escort those kids participating in both the museum and theater camps across the parking lot to the Holmes Theatre lobby each day.

Art Camp at the Museum is set for Tuesday through Thursday, July 10-12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

"We're going to get creative!" says Mitchell, who is also known as 'The Glass Lady" due to her work with glass art at her studio in Lake Park.

"Each kid will learn how to create between three and five art pieces to take home with them, working with glass, mixed media, ceramics and string art," she added. "The projects are geared toward multiple ability levels, and kids can work at their own pace."

Because there is no afternoon activity at the Holmes Theatre that week, all participants must be picked up by noon, and kids are encouraged to bring along a snack to munch on during the morning.

Finally, the museum will be hosting a Robotics Camp from Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

According to Mitchell, this four-day camp will introduce kids to computer programming, basic circuit building and of course, working with robots.

"The kids will learn about Scratch coding, which allows them to animate objects on a screen to create your own interactive stories and games," she said. "They'll also be working with tiny robots, called Ozobots, programming them to perform different tasks. The robots will even develop their own personalities!"

Like the nature science camp in June, the robotics camp is also being offered on the same days as a theater camp at the Holmes Theatre, the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Camp on Aug. 20-25 (visit www.dlccc.org/holmes.html for more information on that event).

Kids participating in both camps will once again be escorted over to the Holmes Theatre lobby each day by museum staff, so they are encouraged to pack a lunch to enjoy between activities.

The cost for all three museum camps is $65 per child, and the fee includes all necessary supplies for the learning and craft activities. Because space is limited, registration for each camp will be capped at 20 students. All participants must be registered in advance; to do so, please contact the museum at 218-847-2938.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454
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