Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center (PGCHC) hosted a Children's Cultural Camp July 28 to 31 area children ages 6 to 16.In its eighth year, the camp is conducted mostly by various local and regional volunteers who are professionals at their crafts.

An example of the dedicated professionals would be: Shirley Sacks, who is currently in her eighties. Sacks has been with the camp all eight years and continues to come back invigorated to mentor new children on the crafts of sewing and embroidery

About 24 children enrolled in the morning camp, and nine in the afternoon camp. Some have siblings enrolled as well. Many return to the camp year after year.

Activities of the camp include sewing cards, Pennsylvania Dutch songs, pottery, Pennsylvania German language, hearth cooking, weaving and hands-on restoration to name a few.

Campers are provided a nutritional snack each day, which is sometimes made on-site as part of the daily activities. An example would be applesauce and corn fritters.

On July 31, campers, volunteers and instructors dressed in traditional Pennsylvania German clothing in which they had their picture taken. The photo will then be sent to them after the completion of camp as a memento of their cultural experience for years to come.

For more information on the PGCHC, visit http://www.kutztown.edu/co mmunity/pgchc/.

Submitted by the Kutztown University Relations Office.

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