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Viking adventures

Kids enjoy Arctic culture and Prairie Village Camp

August 9, 2013
Chris Bieri - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

There wasn't any pillaging, but aside from that, local youths were able to get inside the Viking experience with this week's "Great Viking Adventure" at the Prairie Village Museum.

The camp, hosted by Norwegians Stina Fagertun and Catrine Pedersen, allowed the kids to make Viking costumes, listen to fairy tales and even sample Viking cooking.

The campers will display their wares on Aug. 11 at the Village Fair on the museum's grounds.

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Catrine Pedersen works with kids on a project at the “Great Viking Adventure” camp this week at the Prairie Village Museum. The campers will show off their wares at the Village Fair on Aug. 11 at the museum.

"We've done finger weaving as the Vikings did for belts and ribbons to tie around the hair and to decorate," Fagertun said. "We'll show people Sunday what we've been doing through this Viking week."

Two of the more popular activities involved ancient Viking techniques.

"We started to make costumes yesterday and we've been doing some felting and whittling," Pedersen said.

Despite all of the activities, the story telling was the favorite of both Katelyn Duchscher and Tesha Sobolik.

Maisie Gault, 11, even got to share her own story about her family's Norsk heritage.

"My grandma is Norwegian," she said. "In Fargo there's a Norwegian Center. There's a big copper pot that's actually from my family."

Some of the skills, like whittling, involve a lot of careful concentration since the kids are using sharp knives, a skill that Norwegian children often learn at age 3, according to Fagertun.

"We don't want to rush them, either," she said. "It's like the Vikings say, 'Work done in haste will never last.' Trust and patience as a theme for every day. We talk about what the Viking kids were doing a thousand year ago and learn by doing while having fun."

Both Fagertun and Pedersen have backgrounds in education and performance in Norway.

Fagertun said the kids at the camp have been great to work with and have soaked up the information like sponges.

"I've been amazed," she said. "The kids are extraordinary children to work with. As teachers, we've been working at a lot of camps. It's really interesting to see how they pay attention and are eager to learn. That makes the whole difference. They're managing well. They play by the rules. Rugby kids and kids from the surrounding areas are good examples of how to do a perfect camp."



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