Stuart Douglas

The second week of summer camp at the North Lanark Regional Museum came to a close on Friday, August 16th after 5 days of crafts, running around, and general merriment. Fifteen kids aged five to nine enjoyed a variety of themed days from pioneers to pirates, and finished off the week with the ever-popular water day.

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The museum provides the perfect setting for summer camp, with a large property and just seconds away from the expansive Appleton soccer fields. Inside, the artefacts and history were quite popular with the children, while the spooky doll in the basement kept them in line. A rather unique benefit of the location was also a rather unexpected one – frogs. This August, the museum has seen a dramatic rise in the frog population, to the point where every step causes a flurry of hopping. With so many small frogs, the children were able to easily catch them and show them off to the impressed leaders.

Some of the favourite activities (other than frog-catching) were parachute games, making hummus, and soaking the leaders on water day. Pirate day was also really popular, because   leader Riley transformed into a seafaring captain, weaving fine yarns of his long days on the seas and engaging with the kids in a salty pirate voice.

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Thank you to all the wonderful campers, and to Cameron and Ellie for their volunteering help. This summer’s camp was a huge success, and we’re already looking forward for next summer! More information on the summer camp program is available at the North Lanark Regional Museum at 647 River Rd., Appleton.