This is a camp for teens (7th grade fall/age 12 and up) who are familiar with Dakota City and want more hands-on experience in the buildings, being immersed in Village history and life in the early 1900s. Step back in time and continue learning a trade or skill, apprentice with a business, and have fun in 1900 Dakota City! Buildings for hands-on learning include the print shop, blacksmith shop, family home cooking, the millinery treadle sewing machine, and more.
The camp theme this year is “Modern 1900s”. Although 1900 was a long time ago, there were many new inventions and modern gadgets to help make life easier. We will explore what was new and exciting around the turn of the last century – electricity had been around for years, but what were some new uses for it? The automobile was becoming a little more common, there was talk of people traveling in flying machines, and simple everyday items such as tea bags, coffee filters, paper clips, thumb tacks were all improving people’s lives. New books and toys and even new food items were exciting for children. Always fun are the vintage games to play and hands-on activities to do. Each day is different, but builds on knowledge and activities from the previous day.
The cost for this camp is $135.00 per camper. Gift certificates are available to purchase from the office if you’d like to send a grandchild, niece, nephew or other child to camp.
Each camper must have transportation to and from Dakota City, located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, and bring a bag lunch each day. All supplies for activities and an afternoon snack are provided by Dakota City.
Space is limited for each session and the application deadline is June 6th.
This year, registrations are being taken through Farmington Community Education and credit cards are accepted. Registrations must be received by June 6, 2018. There are 3 easy ways for you to register:
1. Register online with a credit card at http://www.farmington.k12.m. If you do not already have one, you will need to create an account; just follow the easy directions.
2. Call 651-460-3200 to register over the phone with a credit card. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
3. Register in person at the Farmington Community Education office at 6100 195th St. W., Farmington.
Teens will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills, including but not limited to:
– in the One Room Schoolhouse to learn about teaching in 1900.
– in the print shop working with a Master Printer, to print with the ink and presses.
– in the blacksmith working with a Master Smith, to make an item in the forge.
– in the carpenter shop working with a Master Carpenter, to make an item using the tools.
– in the family home working with an experienced Docent, to learn home skills including cooking lunch on the wood-fired stove.
– in the millinery with an experienced Docent to practice sewing (a skill that was important also for men in 1900!)
Our very popular last day afternoon will include time for the family to visit the Village, with their child as tour guide in the village.