Saturday, March 31, 2012

Language Camps Change Lives

This week I've been working on a story for Viking magazine that's close to my heart. I'm writing an article to commemorate Skogfjorden's 50th anniversary, planned for June 22–24. When Concordia College launched its Norwegian language camp back in 1963 with just 19 campers, I'm sure they had no idea how many youth they would inspire, how much fun would be had, and how much norsk would be learned by generations of kids, many of whom—like me—were able to attend thanks to scholarships from Sons of Norway.

The summers I spent at language camp changed my life. I developed a deep interest in Nordic culture (which translated into an appreciation for other cultures as well). I went on to study Norwegian in college and in Norway, and to spend my summers in college working at Skogfjorden. And now, years later, I get to use my interest in all things Scandinavian by editing Viking—a magazine that celebrates Norwegian heritage and culture. This summer, thanks to scholarships from District 1 Sons of Norway and my local lodge, my kids are looking forward to their time at Skogfjorden. Who knows where their language camp experiences will take them?

Over the past 50 years, language camps have popped up in all Sons of Norway districts—including Camp Little America for members in Norway. Is there a child in your life who would benefit from camp? To find one in your district, check out the opportunities listed on Sons of Norway's website.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

Photo courtesy of Concordia Language Villages.

1 comment:

Eva Varga said...

Skogfjorden is on my bucket list - for my kids and myself. Hopefully when they get a little older (currently 7 and 9). :)