Uncle Carl’s Camp is designed for discovery, exploration & creativity. Come explore new and old worlds with us!

About "Uncle Carl"

Charles Kauffman, fondly known as Uncle Carl, brought his museum from South Dakota to North Newton, KS in 1940. He spent the next eighteen years bringing history and the outdoor world to life for children and adults at the Kauffman Museum. In keeping with Uncle Carl’s tradition, Kauffman Museum offers discovery-oriented, hands-on summer camps for children. 

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Summer Camps COVID-19 Updates

The Prairie is ALIVE! (originally scheduled for the first week in June) is postponed until August 3-5. Due to the shortened duration of the camp, the cost will now be $52.50 per camper. 

2020 Camp Themes: Updated 6/1/20

Behind the Mask 1 & 2

June 8-12
Age 9 to 12 (or completed grade 3-6)

Campers will explore cultures that make masks and the ceremonies of those cultures. Native American traditions and the influence of the African culture on today’s American celebrations, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, will provide ideas for mask making projects. Campers will make masks from a variety of cultures from various materials.

A Stitch in Time: Prairie Quilts

June 22-26
Adults and kids, minimum age 8 (or completed grade 2)

Campers will explore turn-of-the-century quilts made on the Kansas prairie from the Kauffman Museum quilt collection. During this intergenerational experience, campers will design, piece, quilt, and complete their own small quilts or wall hangings with the guidance of local expert quilters. On Monday camp will extend to the afternoon so campers may attend a local quilting bee. The camp will conclude with a quilt show and quilting demonstration. Weather permitting, this camp will be held in the museum farmstead house.

The Prairie is ALIVE!

August 3-5
Age 6 to 8 (or completed grade K-2)

Campers will explore the prairie and find living things all over! Using stories, guidebooks, hikes, science experiments and daily observations, we will discover there is much more than meets the eye living in our local prairies. Most of our time will be spent outside so please dress for the weather!


2020 Uncle Carl’s Camp: Virtual Art Shows

Uncle Carl’s Camp teachers of the camps “Behind the Mask” and “A Stitch in Time” met virtually with campers each morning to give instruction and lead camp activities.

View these art shows on our Facebook page, or click on the articles on the right to learn more.



27th and North Main St.
North Newton, KS 67117
Across from the main campus of
Bethel College


Tue-Fri  9:30am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun 1:30pm-4:30pm
Closed Mondays and
Major Holidays


(316) 283-1612
Mailing address:
300 E. 27th Street
North Newton, KS, 67117-1716