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Year Round Summer Camp

7/29/2008 1:31:43 PM

Tags: folk school, summer camp

Remember summer camp and the crafts you made there – multi-colored gimp lanyards, clay-rope pots, belts woven on hand-held looms? It was a special time made up of nature walks, communal living and learning new skills. Some of us wish those summer camp days would never end. And they don’t have to.

In Brasstown, North Carolina, is a wonderful school, The John C. Campbell Folk School, that “offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.” In fact, each year the school offers 860 weeklong and weekend classes. Imagine spending a week learning how to blacksmith or make brooms and chair seats.

The school was founded in 1925, based on Danish folkehojskoles (folk schools), and over its 80-year history has invited thousands of people to spend a few days in the mountains learning a new handicraft or skill.

Have you attended a similar school? Share your experiences in the comment section, below.

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7/30/2008 3:00:54 PM
That sounds so fun! Do you know if there are other camps like that in other states? It would be even more fun if they had a BLIMP. That was the best part of summer camp!

7/30/2008 3:00:45 PM
That sounds so fun! Do you know if there are other camps like that in other states? It would be even more fun if they had a BLIMP. That was the best part of summer camp!

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