Living History and Cultural Education

Pioneer skills- enjoy immersive history lessons

Bring your History lessons to life! Tamarack Camps features immersive historical learning in a full scale pioneer village where participants can make candles, visit the general store and even spend time in a jail! Tamarack Camps is also expanding its artistic programming, with new art-based programs being introduced in 2016. Help your group learn first hand about other cultures through authentic games, activities, crafts and more!

American Indian Crafts

4th– 8th Grade

American Indian craftsmanship has long been admired for its quality and intricately designed patterns. Participants create their own crafts based on American Indian culture, including their very own dream catcher! Personal expression and use of symbolism through crafting is highly encouraged in this class.

Chaperones Required: 1

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Nature Art

2nd– 12th Grade

This recent addition to the Tamarack curriculum has participants creating beautiful works of art that they can take home with them. Groups learn how to make their own charcoal and use it to draw their unique design on their own mountable wooden block. A great class with a nice memento to take home from camp.

 Chaperones Required: 2

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Pioneer Skills

K– 8th Grade

Immerse your group in the life of an 1860’s homesteader as they travel in small groups around Tamarack Camps’ pioneer village. Choose the stations that work best for the age and skill level of your participants:

  •  Candle making
  • Quill Writing in the one room school house
  •  Doughnut making
  •  Hayride
  •  Tin punching
  •   Town tour
  •  Slingshotting
  •  Authentic pioneer games
  •  Using pioneer saws
  •  Square dance

Tamarack Staff will train chaperones to run various stations. Chaperone participation is required, and dressing up is encouraged! Don’t worry, costumes are provided.

Chaperones Required:

Minimum 2 adults for SHORT       4 stations- K-8th grade:1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Minimum 6 adults for LONG         8 stations- K-8th grade: 2 hours 45 minutes– LONG


4th– 8th Grade

The Homestead Act of 1862 was the beginning of a whole new life for the American pioneer, searching for a fresh start and 160 acres of free land! Smoklerville has been revised to make it more streamlined and engaging for participants and chaperones alike. Groups will be divided into small families and spend two years in the 1860’s, discovering what it takes to survive as a 19th century homesteader. In their first year, families seek basic survival with help from the town residents including local American Indians, a fur trader and an unsavory town gossip. During year two, families develop new skills in sustainability including candle making and farming. Chaperone participation is imperative: in this interactive program, they are the townspeople!

Chaperones Required: Minimum of 10

2 hours 45 minutes- LONG

World Games

4th– 12th Grade

Play is a universal ideal that is important in every culture, but looks different in each of them. Groups enjoy games from Israel to New Zealand and everywhere in between! Good sportsmanship is encouraged.

Chaperones Required: 2                                      

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT