Norwegian summer camps are a great way to introduce kids to their heritage along with others who share the same excitement and passion for a fun learning experience. Kids attend camp to learn Norwegian language, play Viking games, eat traditional foods, learn Norwegian history and culture and enjoy the summer days with friends while gaining confidence and independence.
Sons of Norway Sponsored Camps in the U.S.
The Sons of Norway offers camps in each of their 8 districts. There are eight camps spread around the U.S., two camps in southwest Canada, and one camp in Norway. Ages range from 8 to 15. Counselors enjoy sharing their love for Norwegian heritage and culture to the younger generation with hopes of traditions getting passed down. For more information on these camps visit their websites.
Masse Moro Heritage Camp
Masse Moro Heritage Camp Website
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek, WI
Masse Moro is a Norwegian Heritage camp specifically created with a focus on sharing the history, arts, and rich culture of Norway with youth. While there is a language component to our program, it is not a language immersion camp. Our camp is located on the Beaver Creek Nature Reserve in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, which we feel is the perfect setting as Norwegians are known for their appreciation of the outdoors and the natural environment.
To get an idea of what Masse Morro is all about have a look at “Masse Morro in a Minute”
Camp Trollhaugen Website
Location: Easton, WA
Camp Trollhaugen, established in 1983, is held at District 2’s lodge facility, built near Stampede Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. It is for boys and girls ages 13-15 years old. The 3-story lodge building contains a kitchen, a dining area, 9 rooms with bunk beds, and an additional room for classes. There is an outdoor dance floor, a playing field and a perfect forest setting to enjoy orienteering and other outdoor sports. Camp Trollhaugen caters to the first-time campers as well as those wanting to build upon what they’ve learned at Camp Nidaros and Camp Normanna.
Camp Nidaros Website
Location: Gearhart, OR
Camp Nidaros, established in 1967, is located in Gearhart, Oregon near Seaside. It is for boys and girls ages 9-12 years old. With a beautiful view of the beach, the camp ground contains a main lodge building with four additional sleeping cabins. Camp activities include innovative Norwegian language activities, learning Norwegian songs, dances, hiking on the beach, arts and crafts and putting together a camp newspaper called “Avis.” Campers also practice Norsk skills by spending Nidaros “kroner” at the kiosk.
Camp Normanna Website
Location: Lake Riley, WA
CCamp Normanna, established in 1965, is on beautiful Lake Riley near Everett, Washington for boys and girls ages 9-12. The camp ground is located within the Sons of Norway recreational facility of Normanna Park. It has a large main club house with additional cabins for staff, arts and crafts and a nurse’s cabin. Two large bunkhouses, a fenced in swimming pool and an outdoor basketball court are just a few of the amenities at camp. Campers participate in language activities, sing Norwegians songs, enjoy arts and crafts, sports, and dancing.
Land of the Vikings
Land of the Vikings Website
Location: Sherman, PA
Campers will attend morning classes for Norwe-gian language, rosemaling, wood working, hardanger and other skills. During the afternoon the campers can swim, hike, participate in a variety of athletic activities, do crafts, cook and learn about our Viking heritage to name a few of the activities. The evening brings an opportunity to form lasting friendships with a talent show, films, folk dancing, games and much more.
Trollfjorden Norwegian Language and Culture Camp
Trollfjorden Camp Website
Location: Metigoshe Retreat Center, Bottineau, ND
This camp is a family camp located within Lake Metigoshe State Park. Classes for kids ages 8 and up include language classes, cultural classes, folk dancing, ethnic cooking, rosemaling, Hardanger embroidery, knitting and soap carving. Classes for ages 14 and up will also include figure carving and chip carving.
Bjørnetann Culture and Language Camp
Bjørnetann Camp Website
Location: Lions Camp near Red Lodge, MT
Bjørnetann Language and Cultural Camp offers a meeting area, commercial kitchen and sleeping accommodations. Children age 5 and older can attend classes. An adult must accompany children under the age of ten. Adults are welcome with or without children. A nurse and a cook will be on staff. Attendees will help keep the camp clean. Volunteers will teach Norwegian language, history, culture, and crafts.
Trollhaugen Language Arts & Culture Camp
Trollhaugen Language Arts & Culture Camp Website
Location: Deer Valley Meadows Camp (Near Alix, AB)
This is a multigenerational family camp. An adult family member or guardian must attend the camp with anyone under the age of 18. The camp promotes and preserves Norwegian heritage through history, crafts, traditional skills and culture classes. Although the focus is Norwegian culture, all things Scandinavian are embraced at Trollhaugen.
Trollfjell Language and Heritage Camp
Trollfjell Language and Heritage Camp Website
Location: Camp Norge Recreation Center, Alta, California
Camp Trollfjell is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Kids learn basic Norwegian language, folk dancing, rosemaling and Norwegian songs among other things at this 2 week summer camp. The experienced staff bring the tradition of Norwegian culture back year after year.
Sons of Norway District 7 Heritage Camp
District 7 Heritage Camp Website
Location: Sons of Norway Country Club, Mission, BC (See camp website for address)
This is a family camp for people of all ages. There is a separate program for the children during the day but they must have an adult family member registered to attend. Adults also have lessons available in many Norwegian Cultural Skills. Accommodations are tenting or motor homes, etc. and the facilities are excellent.
Camp Little America
Camp Little America Website
Location: SVangen Skistue in Siggerud (outside of Oslo), Norway
Camp Little America is located in Norway and offers fun and learning through American games, crafts, sports and songs. Play softball and learn to throw a football. Celebrate American holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Meet new friends and learn English at Camp Little Norway.