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. 

2021 Uncle Carl’s Camps

Trash and Treasure

June 1-4, 9:00-12:00  | Age 9 to 12 (or completed grade 3-6)

IN-PERSON

Want to dig “into” history? This is the camp for you. Someone’s trash can be someone else’s treasure. We will investigate how we live and what we leave behind. Come and get dirty with us.  

Maximum enrollment 16

$70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

Instructor:  
Monty Graber
USD 373, Newton, KS

Watercolor My World 1

June 7-9, 9:00-11:00  |  Age 6 to 8 (or completed grade K-2)

IN-PERSON

Explore a variety of techniques for working with watercolors. Campers will use objects from Kauffman Museum exhibits as subjects for their artwork. Come color your world!

Maximum enrollment 16

$65 per museum member / $80 per non-member

Instructor:
LaDonna Uhruh Voth
USD 373, Newton, KS

Watercolor My World 2

June 21-25, 9:00-11:30 | Age 9 to 12 (or completed grade 3-6)

IN-PERSON

Discover a variety of techniques for working  with watercolors. Drawing from observation, campers will use nature and objects from Kauffman Museum exhibits as subjects for their artwork. Come color your world!  

Maximum enrollment 16

$70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

Instructor:  
LaDonna Unruh Voth
USD 373, Newton, KS

The Prairie is ALIVE!

June 28-July 2, 9:00-11:30 | Age 6 to 8 (or completed grade K-2)

IN-PERSON

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

Maximum enrollment 16

$70 per museum member / $85 per non-member

Instructor:
Kendall Smith
USD 373, Newton, KS

Little Houses on the Prairie

July 6-8, 9:00-9:30 Zoom sessions  |  July 9, 10:00 at the museum, self guided Prairie Celebration and meet the teacher  | Age 4 and 5 (not yet in kindergarten)

VIRTUAL (3 days) and IN-PERSON (1 day)

We will explore different types of homes from pioneer days. Come find out who built these homes, what they were made of, where they were built, what they did inside the houses, and why they did things that way!  

All supplies and snacks will be ready for pickup at the museum the week prior to camp. The museum will ship items for an additional fee. Zoom sessions will include songs, stories, project instructions and snack talk…all from Kauffman Museum!  An adult may be needed during Zoom sessions to help with project and snack times.

No maximum enrollment

$70 per museum member / $85 per non-member 

Instructor:  
Kristin Neufeld Epp
New Creation Preschool, Newton, KS

Pedal Power

July 12-16, 9:00-12:00  | Age 9 (or completed grade 3) through adult

Register as an individual or youth/parent or grandparent team (register individually)

IN-PERSON

If you like to bike, this camp is for you! Campers will build endurance and learn bicycle safety, history of biking through Kauffman Museum’s collection, bicycle maintenance and repair, riding rules and etiquette. Campers must already know how to ride a bike and be ready to expand their skills and confidence. Each day campers will bike longer distances, ending in a 10-mile ride. Each participant must bring a bike in good working order and a helmet.

Maximum enrollment 20

$75 per museum member / $90 per non-member

Instructors:
Karen Kreider Yoder
SF-USD, San Francisco, CA

Stephen Kreider Yoder
Wall Street Journal

VISIT US

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

HOURS

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

CONTACT US

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