Pioneer Apprentice Camp



July 22 – 26, 2019

Each year, Apprentice Camp is the most anticipated program of the summer at Crab Orchard Museum! 

There are 80 Apprenticeship positions open, with 40 reserved for girls and 40 for boys. Registration is first come, first serve. 


  • All apprentices must be ages 8 - 14.

  • Apprentices must have a written permission form signed by a parent or guardian

  • Apprentices must dress in period-appropriate costume – the museum has several costumes available on loan, but apprentices may also wear their own costumes.


The apprentice program is the only program in the area where campers will learn gender-related pioneer skills.  These activities, which include archery, blacksmithing, candle-making, gardening, hearth cooking, basket-making, and sewing, among others, build communication, collaboration, and leadership skills that will serve apprentices in all other walks of life.


All sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  There will be a break for lunch each day — apprentices should bring their own ready-to-eat lunches.  Drinks and snacks are available at the museum gift shop.  On Friday, a potluck picnic lunch followed by a program for apprentices and their families will be held.


The Pioneer Apprentice Program is $175.00 for family members of the museum, and $195.00 for all nonmembers.  Nonmembers may obtain a family membership at the rate of $60.00.  Please visit our Membership section for more information, or call 276.988.6755.

A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available. 
To apply, please download the application form and return it by July 15, 2019.  

Pioneer Apprentice Camp is one of our most popular programs.  Be sure to register your child early to ensure a space!  

To register for Pioneer Apprentice Camp, please click the registration link below,
then proceed to our online payment page to submit a $25 non-refundable deposit. 

If you are registering more than one child for camp, please use a separate registration form for each.

Or, download the brochure here, fill out the registration form and return it
along with a $25 non-refundable deposit to Crab Orchard Museum. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Education Director, Joan Yates,
at 276-988-6755 or