Medieval Fair Youth Camp Coming in July

Medieval Fair Youth Camp Coming in July

The Medieval Fair Camp, a summer day camp for 3rd – 8th graders, is still accepting enrollments. The camp, one of the several camps Precollegiate Programs hosts each summer, runs July 22-26.

Each day will include medieval games and pastimes. Students will learn about history, heraldry, customs and manners, music and dance, arts and crafts and costuming of the European Middle Ages as they write and produce their own pageant play. At the end of the week, participants will present for their parents their pageant play as well as the arts and crafts they have created during the week.

“We’re excited to be planning the first ever Medieval Fair Camp in collaboration with OU Outreach’s Precollegiate Programs and grant assistance from the Norman Arts Council," said Ann Marie Eckert, program director of the Medieval Fair. “Just like the vendors and performers that bring Medieval Fair to life, students will have a living history experience of medieval life.”

There will also be various guest artists, performers and musicians throughout the week. One such guest will be King Edward III, who will instruct students in courtly dance and drama. Josie Roberts, Dame Jocelyn, Master of Arms and Knight of the White Shield, will teach choreographed combat skills each day.  Professor John McWilliams of Rose Rock Consort will explore the art, science and history of early music through hands-on demonstrations with authentic instruments.  Andy Mobley, Lord Seneschal of the Arthurian Order of Avalon will teach the history and art of heraldry and help students design their own coats of arms.  These guests and more will share their love and knowledge of the medieval world with the students.

The day camp will be located on the OU Norman campus. It will run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The deadline to register is July 8.

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