Sailing away on imagination

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It's rare to see pirates in the prairies, especially since there are no oceans around, but that didn't stop some kids from using their imagination to sail away.

Nathan Haubrich, 5, shows off his pirate moves during Pirate Camp at the Western Development Museum. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric 

"To be a pirate, you first have to learn how to put on an accent, and don't pillage too much. Be equitable," said Daniel Odendaad, programming assistant at the Western Development Museum. 

As an education student he helps organize the daytime summer camp for children ages five to eight at the museum. 

Pirate Camp is their most popular summer program among younger kids. 

"Who wouldn't want to be a pirate," asks Odendaad.

Kids got the chance to use their imagination and dress up as pirates, making costumes to play the part, or taking on characteristics of a pirate. 

"My favourite was when we played games, and made crafts all day," said Quinn Dodd, 8, who attended the Pirate Camp. 

"Pretty much the whole day was fun. I'm a pirate now! It feels good."

Those who don't feel like wearing an eyepatch can fly to space during their Space Camp or learn to be a cowboy during the Wild West Camp.

Space Camp runs on July 31 and Aug. 7, and the Wild West Camp, a new program for the museum this year, runs Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. 

"The kids are going to have fun for a day, but they're also going to learn a lot of things in a fun way," said Odendaad. "It's not a boring way to learn, it's an engaging way to learn."

Registration for the camps can be done by calling the Western Development Museum at (306) 693-5989.

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