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Next up..... Robotics: Summer camps at the museum are a popular new addition

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The Becker County Museum has offered two summer camps this summer so far, with one left coming up in August: Robotics camp. Since they've gone over pretty well, they expect to make it a tradition of relieving parents of hectic mornings for three days each month and getting the kids out of their usual routine.

Art camp just wrapped up, having lasted from July 10 to 12, and bringing in a group of about 25 kids. The camps do cost money, which goes directly back to supplies. If there's any leftover, it benefits the museum.

Programs director Emily Buermann and executive director Becky Mitchell led the camp that originated in Mitchell's brain.

Buermann was proud to point out the large display case of "berry bowls" that the kids had started on the first day of camp and were able to take home by the end of it. She was even more delighted by the "smiling, beautiful" faces of the kids who were nearing the end of their summer camp at the museum experience.

The last day of camp was also Garret Donovan's golden birthday, now 12, who said he didn't come to camp by choice. "My grandma told me about it, and then my mom signed me up," but said he ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

He was able to create a mixed media painting of a fish, a berry bowl and a ceramic feather. He said his favorite part of camp was making the berry bowl.

"So, it's like a bowl made out of clay, basically, I think, then it was dried and we painted it, then it got put in the kiln," he explained.

Mitchell said the camp was for kids ages 7 to 14, and they were either Detroit Lakes residents, visiting relatives, or travelled from Fargo to attend.

"Emily took the reigns on the nature camp," she said. "For the robotics camp we will actually bring someone in with experience in robotics and coding."

The summer camps all take place within the museum, and sometimes they will spend some time outside as well.

"It gets a younger audience in here doing things that are maybe a little more friendly for their age group, and then while they're here we do some history lessons," Mitchell said.

For art camp, they brought in some artists from Lakeshirts who were able to explain to the kids how artists work and what exactly they do.

"It gets them off their screens, too, doing some hands on activities," she said.

For kids interested in robotics camp, be sure to sign up quickly because it's limited to 20 participants. This camp will be four days long lasting from August 20 to 23. Go to the museum or call to register. The cost is $65 per camper.