History Camp

Registration is underway for our VIRTUAL SUMMER HISTORY CAMPS. The camps are FREE!

Our camp theme is “Art in the Trades.”  We’ll take a look at art in weaving, sewing, pottery, sculpting, woodworking, architecture, writing, painting, and photography, exploring the life and work of historic Ozark folks as well as members of modern-day Latinx and Marshallese communities.

Camp brochure
Camp brochure in Spanish

Joe Doster’s tools and carvings. Photo courtesy Joe Doster

Joe Doster’s tools and carvings. Photo courtesy Joe Doster

Registration is underway for our VIRTUAL SUMMER HISTORY CAMPS. The camps are FREE!

Our camp theme is “Art in the Trades.”  We’ll take a look at art in weaving, sewing, pottery, sculpting, woodworking, architecture, writing, painting, and photography, exploring the life and work of historic Ozark folks as well as members of modern-day Latinx and Marshallese communities.

Camp brochure
Camp brochure in Spanish

How will virtual camp work?

Registration
♦ Fill out the online registration form.

In order to receive a box of craft supplies, campers must be preregistered by June 4 for Camp 1 and by July 2 for Camp 2. We can mail the boxes anywhere in the U.S. or they can be picked up at the museum.

♦ After the registration deadline, campers may still register but they will not receive a box of craft supplies unless supplies remain.

♦ Zoom sessions will be limited to pre-registered campers.

How museum education staff will communicate with campers in real time

Zoom allows campers to see our PowerPoint presentations on their computer screens while hearing us talk.

Facebook Live allows:
♦ museum education staff to host and conduct interviews and virtual visits
♦ partnering with other organizations and institutions
♦ campers to use emojis to answer yes/no questions with their mouse and to easily post questions/comments online
♦ broadcast recording so that campers may watch again or at a later time with a parent

Other ways museum education staff will communicate with campers

Each camp will have a closed Facebook group, open only to those registered for camp, on which camp participants can post photos and museum staff can post announcements. Staff will also be available through email or by telephone.

FAQ

Will my camper be sitting in front of a screen the entire scheduled time?
No. While one part of camp will be in front of a screen, screen time will be kept to a minimum. Museum staff will introduce crafts and other activities, then take a break while campers work on the activities presented. Staff will introduce physical activities and have a scheduled break while campers complete the challenges. Activities will be paused for campers to take snack and lunch breaks.

How will campers feel connected to other campers?
♦ Museum staff will communicate with campers as much as possible or as allowed by parents/guardians.

♦ Unless a camper opts out of the Zoom meetings, we’ll be able to share audio and video of campers during presentations. For security, campers may opt to put a generic picture in front of their camera for the Zoom meetings.

♦ Facebook Live broadcasts allow campers to post emojis and ask questions.

♦ We’ll complete online challenges simultaneously and in a fun way.

♦ After breaks, campers may post photos of their work or report results of challenges in our closed Facebook group.

What if I’m not home during the camp hours? Or what if I don’t use Facebook?
Most broadcasts will be recorded and may be watched at a later time, probably on YouTube. Parents/guardians may watch with their campers when it’s convenient.

Will I need to supervise my camper during camp hours?
Museum staff cannot be present in your home. We don’t recommend and cannot be responsible if you leave your camper alone under our virtual supervision. Some activities may include going outside, cooking, or using scissors/hammers, etc. A schedule will be provided at registration so that you’ll know what museum staff will recommend for your camper to do at set times during camp.

What if social distancing guidelines are relaxed by June/July?
This year’s camp will be virtual regardless of social distancing guidelines.

Need more information?

Email our education manager, Judy Costello.