At “Teatime Camp” children will discover the world of “visiting” in 1800s Lake Minnetonka society as well as the place tea played in it. Campers will learn from stories of Excelsior settlers how these pioneers brought traditions of the big city to the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Campers will spend the week learning etiquette and practicing their good manners, all against the backdrop of the history of Excelsior. All their hard work comes together in final day of camp as we celebrate with a grand tea!
Monday: A new way of life
Discover how life changed for the settlers of Excelsior versus the life they left behind on the East Coast.
Tuesday: Fruits of Lake Minnetonka
Explore the resources available to the pioneers settling on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. They will study the natural environment, the native peoples of the area and how resources were used.
Wednesday: Creating a Community
Learn about what it took to settle in Excelsior, and the steps that were taken to create a society. The children will learn through active play and art work the importance of social interaction and good manners.
Thursday: Celebrating Together
The final day of camp is the celebration of everything the campers learned. They will use their best manners and enjoy the fruits of Lake Minnetonka’s offerings as they eat, drink, dance and sing together.