One, two, three hop, one hop, two hop and so on went the Norwegian folk dance that Rachel Storlie taught Spring Grove Elementary students during the lyceum at school. Rachel’s partner is fourth-grader Carson Gavin. Following behind him are classmates, Piper Thompson, Tristan Hammel, Kennedy Bornholdt, Kayden Schulte, VaNessa Peterson, Paige Jahnke and Brody Christiansen.
One, two, three hop, one hop, two hop and so on went the Norwegian folk dance that Rachel Storlie taught Spring Grove Elementary students during the lyceum at school. Rachel’s partner is fourth-grader Carson Gavin. Following behind him are classmates, Piper Thompson, Tristan Hammel, Kennedy Bornholdt, Kayden Schulte, VaNessa Peterson, Paige Jahnke and Brody Christiansen.
Every town, every area has a past, a heritage. The United States is made up of many ethnicities and cultures. Spring Grove was settled by immigrants from Norway and continues to celebrate its Norwegian heritage each year during its annual Syttende Mai celebration.

Helping children learn more about Norway and the people that first settled in Spring Grove is the goal of Norwegian Ridge Language Camp (NRLC).

This is the second year that Norwegian Ridge Language Camp has been offered by the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove.

Two different camp weeks are being offered this year. June 10 to 14 is for children ages 4 to 7 and June 17 to 21 is for children age 8 through adults.

During the camps, students will "learn basic Norwegian language skills and discover Norway through geography, history and experiences," states their website www.norwegianridge.org.

The students will also take short field trips in and around the Spring Grove area. Each day they will also have hands-on experiences helping prepare traditional Norwegian meals.

They are featuring a special guest instructor this year, Kari Tauring, who is a Nordic Roots scholar and performance artist. She created a curriculum "combining rune postures, old Norse myths, and immigrant era dances. One such program, 'Klippe Sauen' explores the rhythms of wool work described in the song by this name. Participants card, spin and weave as they sing the verses, then dance the rhythms of the work."

The students will be involved in a variety of hands-on activities during camp that include lefse baking, flatbrød baking, knot tying, crocheting, hardangersøm, kolrosing, candle dipping, rune writing, folk dancing and more.

In addition, the class will teach Norwegian traditions and culture as well as the language. Children and adults will learn basic language skills as well as Norwegian songs.

Students at Spring Grove Elementary were given a taste of Language Camp recently when some of the camp instructors shared their talents during a "lyceum" at the school.

Kindergarten through sixth-grade students rotated through four different stations - Kubb, folk dancing, virtual tour of Norway and lefse and krumkake demonstrations and tasting.

As the students participated in the various activities, laughter and cheering and remarks of "mmmm, this is good" could be heard.

To learn more details about the Norwegian Ridge Language Camp and see the variety of instructors, including instructors from Norway, visit its website, www.norwegianridge.org.

Registration and payment information is also available on their site; space is limited. Interested individuals can also contact the camp via email at info@norwegianride.org or phone at (507) 498-CAMP (2267).