Destination: London, England

AGES: 5 TO 12

The Railway Children

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021

9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

Now over 100 years old, The Railway Children is a household name in the canon of children’s literature. Published at a time where many things were uncertain, Edith Nesbit chronicles one family's transition from relative comfort to an unknown world of frugality. After their father mysteriously leaves home, Roberta, Phyllis and Peter must move with their mother into a small cottage nestled near the railway. Reading important passages throughout the day, this camp is a rare opportunity to expose your child to unrecognized benefits of not having enough. Afterall, a sense of entitlement is one of the most difficult affects to help our young people avoid.

Campers will be given a template that they will then fold into a 3-dimensional stylized cardstock model steam train. Older children will be given the opportunity to add gilded detailing as well as painting a miniature President of the Railway in the windows of their caboose car. As the icing on the cake (well, almost) we’ll enjoy sweet buns with a soothing afternoon peppermint tea, allowing ourselves to be transported to early 20th century London.

The book...

In this much-loved children's classic first published in 1906, the comfortable lives of three well-mannered siblings are greatly altered when, one evening, two men arrive at the house and take their father away. With the family's fortunes considerably reduced in his absence, the children and their mother are forced to live in a simple country cottage near a railway station. There the young trio—Roberta, Peter, and young Phyllis—befriend the porter and station master.


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