Hilsen Bjørnetann Campers & Potential Campers,
We’re looking forward to seeing you at camp, the highlight of our summer, from July 18th through the 21st! We’ll be exploring the history of Norway from the Nineteenth Century focusing on Syttende Mai.
2019 ushers in our 17th camp year AND a change in camp site.
The Board of Directors decided, after surveying past campers including those who have not attended in a while, to move the Camp from Red Lodge to Livingston’s Luccock Park Camp. The move to Luccock Park Camp will allow us to have:
- a better camp date – the 3rd weekend in July for the next 5 years
- more cabin space and extra RV space, 7 with electric hookups, for campers who want to bring their campers
- a less rugged and more level campground for outdoor activities and mobility; however the rugged, challenging landscape is just a step beyond the cabins
- a new cook so the Directors can teach, take classes and better assist campers
- a larger area for outdoor activities and games
It will also provide us with a new area to explore and learn, and a slower friendlier river to practice fly casting, fly fishing and maybe even allow panning for gold.
Campers will also note a change in the classes. The surveys indicated that people felt there was too much choice and too little time in each class to complete projects. With that in mind it was decided to have fewer classes and make each class a bit longer so projects can be completed during camp. Some of our members have also undertaken to learn new and different skills so the classes offered can be expanded. This year we will be adding Viking Knit and Bow Making to our repertoire.
We will continue to have traditional Norwegian meals and this first year the Directors will assist the cook with the traditional dishes to ensure the high quality food you’ve had in the past.
Our theme this year reflects the move in a sense.
In 1814 on May 17th the Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark–Norway’s devastating defeat in the Napoleonic Wars. Among many Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as Syttende Mai (lit. “seventeenth May”) [Soot-n-duh My (Danish) or Su-n-duh Mye (Su from such, Mye same as My with soft long e sound at end)*].
As we, in a way, are beginning anew as Norway did on May 17th – Syttende Mai was elected to be the theme for 2019.
In addition to games and classes we will continue one activity we have enjoyed in the past that never grows old: discussing where your family migrated from in Norway and why, as well as what traditions you brought with you. Also, if you have any treasures handed down from that time bring them for show and tell.
Campers are encouraged to decorate their cabin with the Norwegian theme for the cabin decoration contest.
Dan and Betty Rude also have many fun activities planned for the youngsters. So be sure to bring your imagination and enthusiasm.
In years past we’ve had tons of fun learning Norwegian Folk songs, dancing, and broadening our knowledge of Norwegian Heritage. Three square meals are offered during the camp and each meal is an event in and of itself as Norwegian Trivia is now part of the meal time activity. We also have Norsk songs to sing at each meal. Our meals typically include traditional Norwegian dishes and Saturday night a special table is set up with many different Norwegian Desserts.
Come join our Bjørnetann Family, socialize, explore, relax, learn new skills, or sharpen old ones. Weather permitting, we have a bonfire or some special cultural event on Friday night and Saturday Night is our traditional talent show, so if you have a special talent you’d like to share be sure to bring your tools, implements or whatever you may need and share with us what you can do.
Forms for registration and or more information can be found in Forms.
We all owe many thanks to instructors and campers alike for making it happen at the Bjørnetann Camp! Bring your family and enjoy some good wholesome fun.
We all say “Tusen takk!” for joining us in learning Norwegian heritage and skills.
With his sword, Bjørn salutes you!
Bjørnetann Language & Cultural Camp Committee
(( bjornetann(dot) L (dot) c (dot) camp @ gmail (dot) com ))
*Pronunciation information from online:
syttende (Danish): https://forvo.com/word/syttende/#no
sytten (seventeen): https://en.bab.la/dictionary/norwegian-english/sytten
syttende mai: http://www.17thofmay.org/