Summer language camp offered in Spring Grove

Students of the Norwegian Ridge Language Camp participate in traditional Norwegian pastimes such as Viking games and rosemaling. ~ Submitted
Students of the Norwegian Ridge Language Camp participate in traditional Norwegian pastimes such as Viking games and rosemaling.
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Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Inc., of Spring Grove established a Fine and Folk Arts School in 2010 and expanded it to include Norwegian Ridge Language Camp in 2012 as an opportunity for students of all ages to have a high quality experience of learning Norwegian in an immersion atmosphere classroom, as well as in sports activities and traditional folk arts instruction.  The 2013 theme is “Join us on a Journey to Norway.”

Norwegian Ridge Language Camp is fortunate to once again draw upon our passionately Norwegian community of volunteers. Many are affiliated with the local Valheim I-364 Sons of Norway lodge and Giants of the Earth Heritage Center.

These volunteer helpers will assist the students daily with preparations for lunch and snacks using authentic Norwegian recipes, keep children occupied during break times and nurture them with memories and stories of days when Norwegian was still commonly spoken on the streets of Spring Grove!

Students in both sessions will use iPADs to explore Norway’s geography, agriculture, life and hardship in the old world, emigration sea routes and modern but rustic coastal living through a unique partnership with Roar Moe, who lives on an island off the west coast of Norway where he is the director of a folk school. In addition, NRLC students will form relationships with Norwegian children and communicate with them on iPADs via email and video conferencing.

As campers practice their conversational Norwegian with other campers and their e-pen pals, they will also be sharing the English language and American culture with Norwegian children!

Session I campers will also be performing Norwegian songs and dances at the Spring Grove nursing home as a way of saying thank you and honoring the town’s elders.

From June 17 through 21 (session II) NRLC will host two age groups: eight to 12 year olds and 13 and older.

Although still equipped with iPADs and fantastic opportunities with students at Litle Faerøy (Roar Moe connection), a special emphasis will be added to the older group’s curriculum to explore the shifting cultural mores of current Norway’s populace due to immigration, commerce and policies that influence greater Europe, thus promoting international relations.

Campers will utilize Norwegian Kommune and government websites and global media resources to create a timeline that illuminates the trajectory of Norwegian commerce from agricultural and fishing roots to high-tech coastal engineering and oil commerce. Issues of immigration and national wealth and investment will be explored and discussion about modern day life will enhance the language learning in daily class.

Students wishing to enroll in this fantastic 2013 summer language camp shoudl visit

Additional information is available by calling 507-450-1373.