Renfrew Institute and the Waynesboro YMCA are partnering to offer fun and educational summer programming within the YMCA’s Summer Day Camp.

“We are excited to join with the Y in offering our Renfrew Camps this summer,” said Pam Rowland, the institute’s director of cultural studies. “The six camps will run from June 14 through July 19, and are only open to YMCA Summer Day Camp participants.”

The new camps are for kids completing grades 4 through 8. They include three heritage crafts, a gardening experience, an archaeological dig, and guided trail hikes through Renfrew Park.

The fee for each camp varies, and is in addition to the fee for the YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Heritage craft camps:

Felting Wool
Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn to needle felt and wet felt wool, and will handcraft a “soap scrubby” and an ornament. With the skill of felting, you can transform wool (even old sweaters!) into hats, slippers, scarves, or stuffed toys for kids or pets. The instructor is Beth Skroban. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 7.

Basketry
Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn basic weaving skills, gain an understanding of basket construction, and hand weave a functional and unique basket to take home. The instructor is Sue Matson. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20 plus $9 materials fee, and pre-registration is required by June 10.

Leather Work
Tuesday, June 28 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Create a handmade leather project using the time-honored tools of the leather-working trade. Campers will also learn about the historic tannery that existed at Renfrew 200 years ago. The instructor is Ed Beard. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 21.

Digging Up the Past: Archaeological Excavation at Stoner Farm
Tuesday, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 7)
Campers will join the crew working on the ongoing excavations conducted by Little Antietam Creek, Inc. around the 18th–19th century David Stoner House and farm, not far from Renfrew Park. They will learn about excavation (digging), screening (finding artifacts), recording and artifact identification. The instructor is archaeologist Scott Parker. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 28.

Can You Dig It?
Tuesday, July 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 14) Campers learn the meaning of the traditional Pennsylvania German 4-square garden design during hands-on gardening tasks like planting salad greens and watering with dipper gourds and watering bells. They will make a colonial-era craft and also take home a pot of flowers. The instructor is Doris Goldman. Fee is $10, and pre-registration is required by July 5.

Hiking Renfrew: Discovering park trails and hidden wonders!
Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 21)
Campers hike the trails of Renfrew Park and learn about the natural world as they explore some of the less-travelled trails like Great Blue Heron, Edmajoda, Salty Grimes and more, stopping along the way for nature related activities. The instructor is Pam Rowland. Fee is $5 and pre-registration is required by July 12.

To sign up for the camps, visit the member services desk at the Waynesboro YMCA, or contact Zach for more information by calling 717-762-6012, or emailing to: zach@waynesboroymca.org.

In addition to the programs with the YMCA, the institute offers summer youth programs for younger children. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to: info@renfrewinstitute.org. Brochure available at www.renfrewinstitute.org.