August 3 - 10, 2013


Matriculated Antioch students receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England where this course is available for one Master's level graduate credit. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Registration forms for the course will be available at Ogontz from Kari Smith. Antioch tuition of $350 is due with the completed registration form. This may be paid by check made payable to Antioch University New England Graduate School or by credit card. This is in addition to the fees due to CDSS. All who participate fully (whether for credit or not) will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.

Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:

  • Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
  • Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
  • Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
  • Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end

This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Kari Smith to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.


Kari Smith, adjunct faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-9:55 Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
10:05-11:00 Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
Mixed-age Classes
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
Stories at the Green Chairs - Donald Davis
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

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