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Step Back in Time Summer Camp, dates coming soon for Summer of 2022

Designed for ages 9-11

Co-sponsored by Jackson County 4-H and the Mountain Heritage Center, WCU

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Learn about farming heritage in western NC through games, crafts, activities, and a field trip to a local historic farm.

Girl at summer camp with corn hushs

 

  

Summer Camp Packets from June and July 2020

Introduction to the packets

Notes for Week 3

Notes for Week 4, Rag Rug Weaving

Notes for Week 5, Quilt Pillow

2020 summer camp was cancelled but we offered a series of Camp Packets with activities, crafts, instructions, and video links for families with elementary-aged children. Instructions for the packets are available here and include:

  • make a quilt pillow
  • start a camp fire
  • build a shelter
  • weave a mug mat
  • make simple pottery vessels

Notes for Week 6, Candles, Fire Starting

Themes, activities, and instructions are available for download:


Activities

Here are some activities you can try at home! Click on the title of the toy or activity to download a pdf of the instructions.

BALL IN CUP TOY

Foxfire 6 has many traditional toys and games. Here's one we've enjoyed making and playing with for many years.

Ball in Cup materials

 

Ball in Cup

 



Corn Shuck doll

 

CORN SHUCK DOLL

Credit to the High Point Museum and the late Annie Lee Bryson of Cullowhee, NC for their assistance putting this sheet together.

WOVEN MUG MAT 

Thanks to Susan Leveille for her assistance in working on this craft.

mug mat materials

 

mug mat

 

POPLAR BARK BASKET

Bark baskets were made in the spring from the bark of Poplar trees. They were used by settlers to carry berries, kindling, and other small items. Make a replica bark basket out of cardboard.

bark basket in progress

Cardboard Bark Basket in progress.

finished bark basket

Thanks to Cagney Guest (MA 2015) and Sophie Potts (History, 2019).


 

Year-Round Fun at Mountain Heritage Center

Kids making cornshuck dolls at MHC

 

We have lots of fun learning activities going on through the year. Visit our calendar for event dates or contact us for more information.

Check out our hands-on activities in the MHC Gallery at Hunter Library.

Our theme currently is Wood:
Build a log cabin, solve a wooden puzzle, learn about different types of wood, and try to connect various types of joints.

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