May 20, 2013 6:02 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Vermilionville Offers Cultural Immersion Summer Camp

LAFAYETTE, La. - Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park will be hosting week long Cultural Immersion Summer Camps for children between the ages of six and thirteen throughout the month of July. The week long camps will focus on the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures Vermilionville represents as well as the Bayou Vermilion District's Watershed and other environmental topics.

Throughout the week campers will learn about all the different aspects of what makes Acadiana so unique spending time between cultural and environmental topics. The Cultural Immersion Summer Camps will begin each day at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Parents will have the option for an aftercare program until 6 p.m. for an additional ten dollars per hour each day. Campers will be provided with a fully balanced lunch from Vermilionville's on-site restaurant La Cuisine de Maman as well as snacks. Campers will get a journal to chronicle their activities and will be able to take their projects home at the end of the week.

The cost to attend Vermilionville's Cultural Immersion Summer Camp is $150 for the week and includes all materials as well as lunch and snacks. The Summer Camps will be held on the following weeks: July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19, and July 22 - 26. The last week of Summer Camp will be French Immersion, July 29 - August 2, where almost all the instructors will communicate with the children mostly in French.

For more information on Vermilionville's Cultural Immersion Summer Camp or to register your child visit or call Jolie Johnson at (337) 233-4077.

Day 1 - EcoKids
The first day of camp your child will learn about our unique environment here in Southwest Louisiana and how the first settlers used the landscape as a resource to survive. They will learn how to make and use bamboo fishing poles as well as the various types of fish that are native to the Bayou Vermilion. Children will also learn about the Bayou Vermilion Watershed and the role they can play to improve the quality of water in their community. Other activities include canoeing in Vermilionville's Petit Bayou, a nature walk where they will learn to identify and collect various native plants and an art project to tie it all in at the end the day.

Day 2 - Seed to Skillet
The second day of camp your child will learn about the advantages of growing their own food and how to start a garden at home. Children will also learn about kitchen safety while participating in a cooking demonstration and preparing their own lunch for the day. Campers will also receive an up close and personal lesson on the different gardens Vermilionville has to offer and how they could use nature to provide for their families.

Day 3 & 4 - Culture, Crafts, & Chords
The third and fourth day of camp your child will learn about the cultures we represent at Vermilionville-the Acadians, Creoles and Native Americans. Children will then learn about the various skills our ancestors acquired as a way of life and learn how to carve wood, spin cotton, lap weaving, bousillage and braiding moss into rope. Campers will also learn about traditional basket weaving as well as participate in various traditional crafts such as rag and spoon doll making. They will also participate in a drum circle, tomahawk-throwing demonstrations and design a necklace with Native American beads. To end their cultural immersion experience, they will learn about the history of Cajun and Creole music and will also make their own instruments for a special performance for the parents at the end of the week.

Day 5 - Wrap Up & Show Off
On the last day, campers will start off by playing a game of cultural bingo that will summarize everything they learned during their week at Vermilionville. Families will have the option to dine on a gumbo and potato salad lunch with the campers while enjoying a performance that will show off everything they learned for the week.



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