Local Summer day camp nearly full

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

A few spots remain open for summer camp at the Deere-Wiman House in Moline the week of July 23-27. The small-group program gives children the chance to dive into the past, with a focus on life in the 1800s. “Exciting, hands-on activities help children experience the trip west made by John Deere and thousands of pioneers,” says Gretchen Frick Small, Deere-Wiman/Butterworth Center program director. “Children are thrilled by the adventures they have every day of the camp.”

Activities include loading a wagon, making rag rugs, cooking pioneer foods, making and playing games from the 1800s, writing with a quill pen (using ink made from berries), making salt maps, exploring genealogy and making gravestone rubbings. The camp is open to children ages 10-12 and is limited to 25 participants.

The camp fee of $75 includes lunch, snacks, supplies and all activities. Subsidized by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust, the camper fee remains low, making it one of the best values in the Quad Cities. “Parents and educators rave about the value of the camp offering,” Small says.

Daily drop-off is between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Ave., Moline. Pick-up time is 3 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman House. On the last day of the camp (Friday, July 27), campers’ parents and guardians are invited to attend a 2 p.m. program to see what children have learned during the week.

For more information or to register, call (309) 743-2701, or e-mail Registration may also be conducted online at