WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Summer Camps

YESTERDAY'S PAST IS TODAY'S ADVENTURE!

Set in the beauty of a Wisconsin State Forest, nestled among historic buildings, camps at Old World Wisconsin are adventure-filled, educational, and, of course, FUN! Old World Wisconsin offers camps from June through August with programming for kids entering first grade and older. There’s even a new camp for adults! Check out all of our camps below.

DAY CAMPS

WORLD OF LITTLE HOUSE

June 19 (grades 1-3)  Aug. 14 (grades 4-8)
9 AM – 2 PM
Step into the life of Wisconsin’s own Laura Ingalls for a day. Explore life in a one-room cabin, travel to the general store, meet real Morgan Horses, and practice your penmanship or skills with a needle and thread.

Cost: $70 (members), $77 (non-members)

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WORLD OF LITTLE HOUSE FAMILY

Aug. 9  (grades 1-8 and 1 adult)
9 AM – 2 PM
Want to tag along, or send grandma or grandpa? We will be hosting a special family session of the “World of Little House” day camp on Aug. 9. Cost includes one child and one adult. Additional campers can be added for $50/person (members), and $60/person (non-members).

Cost: $140 (members), $154 (non-members)

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MAKERS’ CAMPS

July 24 (grades 4-8)  Aug. 7 (grades 4-8)  Aug. 28 (grades 1-3)
9 AM – 2 PM
Do you like to make things?  Young Makers will spend a day exploring Makers in history as they try their hand shaping steel, working leather, and transforming wool to yarn, all while exploring the science and art of these living traditions.

Cost: $70 (members), $77 (non-members)

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Students learn how to grind corn at the Koepsell farm in the German area.

APPRENTICESHIPS

APPRENTICE CAMPS

INCLUDES NEW CAMP FOR ADULTS!
Campers will spend three full days as part of our Old World Wisconsin Guest Experience Team. Dressed in historic clothes, they will learn techniques and facilitator skills while being responsible for helping our guests get hands-on with history. Registration must close two weeks in advance of each camp date to ensure time for period clothing.

June 26-28 (grades 8-12)
9 AM – 4 PM Cost: $200 (members), $220 (non-members)

July 17-19 (adults)
9 AM – 4 PM Cost: $225 (members), $250 (non-members)

July 31 – Aug. 2 (grades 8-12)
9 AM – 4 PM Cost: $220 (members), $200 (non-members)

Aug. 21-23 (grades 8-12)
9 AM – 4 PM Cost: $220 (members), $200 (non-members)

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APPRENTICE FACILITATORS

TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Apprentice Facilitators are a part of a summer-long college preparatory volunteer program that lets future historians take the reins and bring history to life for our guests. Apprentices must apply by March 30 for this selective program.

After a four day History Boot Camp in June (focusing on historic thinking skills, content training, and facilitation skills) Apprentice Facilitators work across Old World Wisconsin as part of our Guest Experience Team. In addition to interacting with guests on a daily basis and bringing our historic spaces to life for the public, they are provided with career development in the form of lunches with professional staff, training in historic skills, tours of museum collections, and the ability to participate in staff professional development.

All Apprentice Facilitators are required to volunteer a minimum of 12 days, as well as the four days of Boot Camp, and volunteer for at least one Special Event (July 4, Legends and Lore (Oct.) or Old World Christmas (Dec.).

Old World Wisconsin is happy to work with Apprentice Facilitators to align their work with school or community service requirements. Upon successful completion of the program Apprentices will be provided with a letter recognizing their commitment to Wisconsin History for use in future applications and education endeavors.

  • June 17-20 & 12 volunteer days (ages 16-19)
  • Cost: FREE

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Advance registration required for all camps. Registration closes two weeks prior to the start of each camp. Camps are not included with general admission. Day Camps include a $5 gift card to a local coffee shop for mom or dad.

MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTS ON CAMPS
Wisconsin Historical Society members receive a 10% discount on all camps! Not a member? You should be! Memberships start at $55 and include free entry into 12 historic sites and museums, free guest passes, discounts on special events and merchandise, and subscriptions to special publications.
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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
We offer summer camp scholarships in the amount of $100 through the generosity of the Loomer Family to perspective Apprentice Campers who have a passion for history and exploration.
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