Sign Up Now For 2009 Heritage Camp At MacGregor Ranch!
By: Rita Schageman
This is a wonderful one-of-a-kind camp adventure for kids who have completed third or fourth grade.
The four day camp sessions are planned for June 29 through July 2, July 20 through July 23 and August 10 through 13. Camp begins each day at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Sessions are limited to 12 children and provides personal opportunities for interesting adventures put together by Lisa Valley and her daughter Amanda. Cost of the four day camp is $150.00.
On day one there is an overall introduction to the Ranch. Kids start in the kitchen and learn what it is like to cook on a wood stove and pump water the old-fashioned way. Next the children make food (usually biscuits and strawberry jam) and take it to the “ranch hands.” The ranch hands let them help hitch the team of horses and then they all go for a wagon ride and stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, the children get to go for a tour of the museum to see who the Macgregors were and where they lived. They’ll also see the farm machinery that Alexander and Donald used to plant and harvest their crops.
Day two starts in the barnyard learning to help take care of the horses and chickens. A trip to the hayloft and a visit to the milking shed, milk house, root cellar, smoke house and the garden will follow next. Children learn how the MacGregors raised their own food and how they preserved it without a refrigerator or freezer. Leaning how to brand is next on the agenda and each child will brand a piece of leather and make a poke pouch. At lunch, a real blacksmith will be demonstrating his craft. Some early American skills and crafts such as sawing wood, making a quilted pot holder or pillow on a treadle sewing machine and landscape painting will also be part of the day.
Day three again starts in the barnyard taking care of the Ranch animals followed by a walk back to the A.Q. house to make homemade pies and do laundry with a wash tub and ringer. At lunch a pioneer character visits to tell what life was like in Estes Park in the late 1800s. After lunch the ranch hands will teach kids how to lasso a calf and later they will be treated to a ride in an old fashioned car. If there is time left in the day, kids will try their hands at building a log cabin and later play some early American games.
On the final day of camp, kids will be working hard to prepare a meal for their parents, ranch hands and visitors. The menu includes Ranch Stew (made from MacGregor natural beef), black bean stew, rolls, homemade butter, fresh veggies from the garden, homemade pies, fresh fruit, homemade ice cream and homemade lemonade.
Muriel MacGregor loved children and dreamed of a future for her Ranch where people could come and share its beauty and history and there is no doubt that her dream has come true!!
Please call the Ranch office at 586-3749 or better yet, drop by the office located at 1301 Clara Drive to get registration packets. The camps sell out quickly so sign up now!