Farmstead to host Summer at Maplelawn


Children work in a garden during the 2011 Summer at Maplelawn.

Maplelawn Farmstead Inc. recently announced applications are now being accepted for the fifth season of Summer at Maplelawn – a summer day-camp program designed specifically for children entering grades three through nine in the fall.

The in-depth, highly-interactive camp offers a historically-accurate overview of life on an Indiana family farmstead during the days of the Great Depression, presented through a variety of multidisciplinary activities including gardening, building, gaming, cooking, crafting and creating.

Campers will tend the garden, cook their own lunch over an open campfire, help out with a variety of farm-related chores and – of course – have plenty of time for outdoor play. Throughout the week, campers will learn about traditional folk art during the Great Depression while creating a variety of art pieces to present in a gallery showing for family and friends at the end of the week.

Led by Boone County Historian Marianne Doyle, and staffed by a variety of area volunteers, this program celebrates a rich period in our nation’s – and this county’s – history.

“It was a simpler time,” says Doyle. “A time that epitomized the concept of ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.’ And our curriculum was developed to showcase this extraordinary era.”

The camp will be held at the Farmstead – located just west of Zionsville’s park at Mulberry Fields at 9575 Whitestown Rd. – during the weeks of July 9-13 for children entering grades three through six, and July 30 through Aug. 3 for children entering grades seven through nine. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost is $180 per week. Checks may be payable to Maplelawn Farmstead.

For more registration information, contact Register now; registration is limited.