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Camp at Pella Historical Teaches Dutch Culture

Posted: Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 6:25 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

The 20th Annual Dutch Day Camp has been running this week at the Pella Historical Village. Camp instructor and organizer Lisa Jaarsma Zylstra says the campers have spent the week learning about the culture of the Netherlands and how that culture has been embedded in Pella.

Kate Vander Leest, who is taking part in the camp while visiting grandparents in Pella, says one of the things she’s enjoyed the most is learning more of the Dutch language.

“I never never knew much before. All I knew was ‘thank you’,” said Vander Leest. “Now I know colors, numbers, and lots of other songs as well.”

Campers have also played Dutch games and made crafts, as well has listened to guest speakers with first-hand knowledge of the Netherlands and its people. Approximately 25 girls and boys in fifth and sixth grade are participating in the camp, which was started by Zylstra in 1991 as a pre-teaching project for college.