Lefse and drone planes
Learning traditions at Scandinavian Youth Camp
Children at the Scandinavian Youth Camp are learning new and old traditions this weekend and creating a few of their own too.
The annual camp, which is held in conjunction with Norsk Hostfest, was held Saturday and will continue today at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.
Laynie Dauner, Addie Dauner, Jada McClanahan and Taya Baric are designing and drawing their own storybook about Papa Troll and Me. Instructor Robbi Jo Morgan said the book will be printed and sold in finished form at a future Norsk Hostfest.
Other kids are learning how to make the Scandinavian delicacies krumkake and lefse in a class taught by Brenda Lokken and her mother, Karen Klimpel.
Lokken said she learned how to make the treats as a girl using recipes that had been passed down in the family. At the time, cooks were taught to measure out ingredients by feel more than instruction. She and her mother had to come up with measurements to use in the recipes they taught the children in the class.
“It’s one of the lost arts,” said Lokken, and she would like to pass it down to a new generation.
Katie Wiekamp, Cadynn Crockett and Sophie Bell were cracking eggs and mixing batter for the krumkake, a Norwegian waffle cookie made from flour, butter, eggs, sugar and cream. Once the batter is mixed, the kids poured the mixture into special irons that were donated by Home of Economy.
“It’s really fun learning this,” said Wiekamp. ” I want to try this at home because I am part Norwegian.”
Kassidy King said she enjoyed watching the blender mix the batter and seeing how it changes.
Later they will also learn how to make lefse, the traditional Norwegian flatbread made from potatoes, flour, butter, milk and cream.
Samples of the treats will be handed out to parents on the second day of the camp this afternoon.
In the school gymnasium on Saturday, children were learning how to fly drone planes.
SkySkopes Academy, a company based in Grand Forks, is is hosting the camp for the first year. Matt Dunlevy, CEO, said children will learn about different aircraft and payloads and have a chance to learn basic flight skills. The emphasis is on safety as well as giving the fifth- through eighth-graders a taste of what it is like to operate a drone plane. Dunlevy said there are many career opportunities in the field. His company just assisted with relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. SkySkopes will also be at the Norsk Hostfest.
Other kids learned about Swedish song and dance, the Viking age, Scandinavian music, Scandinavian games, troll mask making, Norwegian dance and the world of Minecraft.
Tracey Lawson, one of the directors, said more kids signed up for the camp this year than in other years.