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Youth Craft Camp: Wood, Fiber, Water

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Course Overview

This week of Craft Camp will focus on Gitchee Gami, the “Big Lake”, and the ways in which people over time have used small boats for work and play in the Grand Marais harbor. We will learn and practice various wood and fiber skills (such as knife carving, the use of simple hand tools, sewing and rope making) to create a series of mini floating crafts, leading to a larger group project such as a scaled sailing raft. Purposefully open-ended projects will allow for student-guided experimentation and creativity. The course will also include harbor exploration and storytelling. Our guiding tenets will be safety, collaboration, and fun!

Ages: 9-12

Registration:  Please register for the class under the parent/guardian name.  We will contact you to find out the student's name and age.

Scholarships available: There are a limited number of half cost and full cost scholarships available for youth residents of Cook County. 
Families of Cook County youth requesting scholarships should call North House at 387-9762 and ask for Sarah or email

Camp Schedule:
Camps are held from 9 am-4 pm each day with an hour break from noon-1 for lunch and down time. All campers must bring their own bag lunch to eat each day.
We encourage kids to bring a book or quiet game for their break and they will have access to outdoor space in good weather to play during lunch break.

COVID Safety:
Health and safety of all participants is our top priority. 
All campers will be required to wear face masks during the day at camp (except when eating/drinking) regardless of vaccination status.
All activities will be planned to maintain social distancing of 6 or more feet between participants as much as possible.
Camps will be limited in number campers with 1 or 2 instructors for a total group size of no more than 15 people.
Indoor activities will take place in our large classrooms, with windows open for ample ventilation. Instructors will teach outdoors when possible.
Every camper will undergo a temperature check and verbal symptom screening at the beginning of each day of camp, campers who feel ill will be asked to stay home.
Families are asked to be mindful of these health and safety precautions in the two weeks leading up to and during their child’s participation in camp.

Because projects worked on at camp build from day to day and learning extends throughout the week please only sign your child up for camp if they will be able to attend all days of the week.

Pick up and Drop Off: 
You can drop your child off at their camp location up to 30 minutes before the start of camp each day. All parents/guardians must drop off their children in person each day of camp, and must wait to leave until their child has had their temperature/symptom screening for the day. At the time of registrations, parents/guardians may authorize their child to walk or bike home from camp alone.

All kids not walking/biking must be picked up by an authorized parent/guardian within 10 minutes of the end of the camp day.

Currently Scheduled Sessions