It’s getting to be the time to think about summer camp, and for me, that means I’m talking about the summer camps I’ve been running the past few years! However, Tinking Turtle has a couple of changes happening this year (spurred on, in a large part, because of our impending tiny turtle).
As I’ve talked about many times before, some of my most formative years were spent going to a summer camp in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Camp Chimney Corners. Summer camps are a great way to foster independence, expose children to new experiences or hobbies, and foster a different type of learning than what school offers. And I’ve been proud, the past two years, to work with Montgomery College to bring fiberarts summer camps to the DC/Rockville area.
So it’s with sorrow that I say that I will not be running camps with Montgomery College this year. The amount of traveling I’d do to teach the camps in Rockville, MD would be a little too much for our small family. But it is with joy that I’m announcing that this year, I’ll be bringing fiber arts camps to my hometown, Ashland, by pairing with the Hanover Arts and Activities Center!
I’ll be hosting two camps this summer:
- String Theory, happening August 8-12th, is a high-energy introduction to the fiberarts suitable for ages 8 & up. It features spinning, knitting, basic sewing, weaving and dying. Students will be working the week through on two different projects, with opportunities to customize and tailor their interests.
- Next Step Needlecraft, happening August, offers a glimpse into some of the lesser-known handcrafts. Suitable for ages 10 & up, this summer camp features spinning, punch-rug needlework, needle felting, crochet and dying. Students have the option of planning and creating a variety of projects, which they will work on throughout the week.
If you live in the Ashland/Richmond area and know kids who would be interested, I’d love for you to pass my information along! You can find out more at the Hanover Arts and Activities Website.