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Master Apprentice Teen Camp
Master Apprentice Teen Camp
June 14 -17, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$150.00 per camper
Dakota City Heritage Village

This is a camp for teens (7th-grade fall/age 13 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, family home cooking, the millinery treadle sewing machine, and more.

The focus this year is immigration. Whether recently or long ago, everyone’s family immigrated from somewhere. We will explore where ancestors came from and what it was like to leave the “old country” behind and start a new life in rural Dakota County in 1900. Each day is different but builds on knowledge and activities from the previous day.

Teen campers will also learn about volunteering with Dakota City and can help with the Junior camps. Campers need to bring their own bag lunch and water bottle each day except Wednesday. On Wednesday we will cook an old-fashioned lunch on the wood-fired stove in the Harris house.

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 (except Wednesday). All supplies for activities and an afternoon snack are provided by Dakota City.

The cost of this 4-day session is $150.00 per camper. Limited scholarships are available; if needed please contact the office at 651-460-8387.

Please fill out Registration Form – Master Camp and email to or mail to Dakota City, Attn Day Camp, 4008 – 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024.

Space is limited and the registration deadline is June 8 or when camp is full.

June 14-17, 2021150.009:00 am - 3:00 pm
Your Receipt will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Once payment and registration form are received, you will receive verification of being registered for camp.


Things to Do
each day

Teens will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills, including but not limited to:

  • in the print shop working with a Master Printer, to print with the ink and presses.
  • in the carpenter shop working with a Master Carpenter, to learn about the tools of the trade.
  • 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!)


Last Day of Camp

This is very popular!  On our last day, in the afternoon, we will include time for the family to visit the village.  Their child will be dressed in old-fashioned clothes from our costume room and act as the tour guide in the village.

Food & Drinks
  • Please bring a bagged lunch each day, except Wednesday.
  • Bring your own water bottle for the day.
  • Supplies for all activities and an afternoon snack are provided by Dakota City.