Students learn Scandinavian traditions


Welcome to the 2017 Scandinavian Youth Camp.

“It’s a chance for them to learn some of the language, the dances, the songs, things that actually come from those Scandinavian countries.” said Deb Sisco, Camp Co-coordinator.

Ten different camps taught students about the culture, from making lefse to flying drones.

“You don’t think of drones as being Scandinavian, but it is. So it’s not just that we have food. We do lefse and krumkake, and just different things for all levels.” said Sisco.

Students in second through third grade learned traditional dances like Karusellen.

“We learned lots of fun dances. There was one Swedish dance and the others were Norwegian dances.” said Amy Kilian, Attended Swedish Dance & Song Camp.

While those in fifth through eighth grade became trolls by making masks and learning their mannerisms.

“It was fun, you had to, like, lay down on a table and you have to pick a partner and they just put plaster all over your face and then if it got stuck in your hair it really hurt.” said Wyatt, Attended Troll Mask Making Camp.

Others worked together to create a story and illustrate a book about trolls.

“We’re very lucky in Minot to have Hostfest here that brings in that Scandinavian culture, and from those countries. So it does allow those kids that have that background, if the parents aren’t teaching them, it’s an experience that they can see.” said Sisco.

At the end of the camp, each of the groups peformed for their friends and family to show what they had learned over the weekend.

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