Participants in a previous summer camp at the Abbe Museum. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ABBE MUSEUM

Abbe to host summer camp

BAR HARBOR — An Abbe Museum Summer Camp will take place Aug. 20-24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a children’s day camp where museum staff and Wabanaki educators will oversee outdoor activities and educational opportunities for children ages 7-12. Each day will be thematic with other camp activities mixed in to keep children active and engaged.

“The Abbe is dedicated to an inclusive and active education in order to foster a lifelong passion for learning,” said the Abbe’s Curator of Education Starr Kelly. “Campers will get to be chefs, scientists, artists, botanists, storytellers, and explore the rich and exciting world of the Abbe Museum’s two locations.”

Throughout the week, segments will be dedicated to the pursuit of 12,000 years of history and culture in the Wabanaki homeland, allowing campers to work with the museum’s educational collection as well as go on scavenger hunts and respond to art made by Wabanaki students.

One day will celebrate Wabanaki storytelling traditions with a storyteller who will share stories orally and visually within a community of people. Each camper will have the opportunity to create their own story and represent it visually, and all of the stories will be shared on the Abbe’s social media platforms.

The museum will delve into Wabanaki perspectives of science and the environment by going on a hike inside Acadia National Park. Campers will learn to identify important plants that Wabanaki people harvest and use and also will learn about indigenous foods of the Americas, participating in hands-on cooking experiences where they will get to try some Native-inspired recipes.

A day centered on the arts and the importance of traditions and expression will teach campers about traditional Wabanaki art forms, giving them the opportunity to make their very own masterpiece. They will handle items from the museum’s collections as they learn more about the artists who made them.

Camp runs mostly at the museum’s downtown Bar Harbor location at 26 Mount Desert St. The cost to attend is $200 for the week, and the extended day program until 5 p.m. is $88 for the full week or $22 per day. Space is limited. Visit, fill out a registration form and return it by May 15.


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