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Arts and CraftsOur craft shop is one of the
busiest places at camp. whether it be the the older camper
working on a project that has been ongoing for several weeks, or
the camper just looking for something quiet to do, or the younger
camper that is maybe a bit homesick, the craft barn has proved to
be not only a haven for those looking for a creative outlet, but
also a bustle of activity on many different planes.
Several years ago, Cedar Lodge sent out a survey to our campers and parents asking what we could do to improve Cedar Lodge. The overwhelming response was more arts and crafts! We have heard the voice of our family, and over the past several years have worked on improving, adding, and creating a more involved art program. We have hired two instructors with varying skills each summer, to add variety to the program, and every year we work with these staff to add a more advanced program to our list. As in example, in 2005 we bought a kiln, and in 2006, a pottery wheel. We are constantly upgrading just in an effort to keep up with the creativity of our campers!
Our craft programs vary slightly based on the skills and abilities that each new instructor brings in. This makes it impossible to list every activity that we do, however here is a list of the usual:
Basketry\ Ceramics\ Jewelry\Leather work\Nature Craft\Painting\Sketching\Charcoal \Photography\Sculpture\Popsicle Stick art\Friendship Bracelets\Marcrame\Lanyards\Tie dye\Pottery\Book Making\Wood work\Egg Painting\Bag Painting\Face Painting\Paper Mache\Bird Houses and many, many more.
This list usually means that we have more than one staff working in arts and crafts to assure a quality program is offered, 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Craft Instructors are usually counselors that are majoring in the arts in college. They are often teachers that are looking for some experience instructing art in a creative atmosphere. They come with a variety of skills and a wealth of ideas.
On any day the craft shop will be filled with some campers that come to work on an on going project, some campers that come to learn the project that the craft instructor is offering at that time, and some that want to try something new.The one thing that is always guaranteed, is that it is a busy happy place for everyone to have the opportunity to create simple treasures or magnificent sunrises.
Craft projects created at camp are usually taken home and treasures for years to come. Cedar Lodge hosts a large craft show to display the projects of the summer every Sunday and on Family Day, held near the end of summer.
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