History Camp at the PA Lumber Museum

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The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is excited to offer a new history camp program in 2017. “Cork Camp” participants will spend two full-days learning about the history of Pennsylvania’s forests, the how-to of wood hick skills, and the art of portraying a living history character. The program will be administered in partnership by the staff of the PA Lumber Museum and PA DCNR State Parks, PA woodsmen Bill Simcox, and Rich Pawling of History Alive. At the end of the camp, participants will demonstrate what they have learned at the first day of the Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show.

Get the Facts about Cork Camp:

Where?               The PA Lumber Museum

When?                 August 2, 3 and 4, 2017

What Time?       9 Am to 5 Pm

How Much?       $50* per person (*early bird registration price through 3/31/2017– reserve NOW to guarantee this rate!)

What’s Included?  2 days of camp, admission to the Cherry Springs Woodsmen Show on 8/4, lunch on 8/2 & 8/3, dinner on 8/2

What’s Not Included? Lodging  (Denton Hill State Park– across the road from the museum–  may have some cabins available for rental- check back for more details)


Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, August 2 (Day 1)

9:00 Am                Registration at the PA Lumber Museum admissions desk and introductory activity

9:30 Am                Overview of the Lumbering History of Pennsylvania: -Guided tour of the museum/ Sustainable Forestry Trail with PA Lumber Museum and PA DCNR staff

12:00 Pm              Lunch (provided by PA Lumber Museum Associates- PALMA) in picnic pavilion

12:45 Pm              Wood hick skills demonstrations, training and contests with Bill Simcox: hands-on activities for the whole family.

4:30 Pm                Conclude woodhick activities for the day; participants can get cleaned-up for dinner

5:30 Pm                Hearth Cooking family dinner (provided by PALMA)- learn to cook over an open fire or in the historic wood stove in the mess hall

Thursday, August 3 (Day 2)

9:00 Am                Arrive and morning introductions

9:30 Am                History Alive presentation by Rich Pawling: participants learn more about the lumbering history of PA and the nation and how they might incorporate that into a living history portrayal of a wood hick

12:00 Pm              Lunch (provided by PALMA) in picnic pavilion.

12:45 Pm              Additional time for living history program/ dress rehearsal/ wood hick skills review

2:00 Pm                Woodhick games- fun competitions for program participants that relate to wood hick culture (horse shoes, seed spitting, log raft races, birling)

5:00 Pm                Camp programs conclude for the day. Participants find their own dinner, and perhaps go on a “field trip” to some DCNR site, maybe star gazing from Denton or one of the other parks

Friday, August 4 (Day 3)

9:00 Am                First activities at the Woodsmen Show at Cherry Springs State Park begin. Participants meet at the Woodhick Grove

11:00 Am             Participants will participate with Rich Pawling’s guidance (as M.C.) in presenting woodhick skills in the Woodhick Grove during several demonstrations throughout the day

2:00 Pm                Program participants are encouraged to compete in the amateur competitions in the Woodsmen Arena

5:00 Pm                Woodsmen Show concludes for the day


This year’s camp participants will be encouraged to continue to volunteer at the Woodsmen Show and at the PA Lumber Museum, and will be offered a free/reduced admission to next year’s camp if they return to help “teach” the next batch of campers. PLEASE CALL (814-435-2652) OR EMAIL (palumbermuseum@gmail.com) THE MUSEUM TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. GUESTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT IF THEY DO NOT PRE-REGISTER. THANKS!