At AstroCamp, we specialize in getting kids involved in activities that they might not usually try. One of our most popular electives is blacksmithing. Campers practice their craft under the supervision of experienced instructors, heating metal to over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit before shaping it with hammer and anvil.
It’s hard work, and rewarding. Student blacksmiths choose, plan, and execute their projects with the guidance and support of blacksmithing specialists. They brave the heat of the forge & summer sun to work on their designs, which vary from jewelry to grappling hooks and everything in between.
Craftsmanship programs like this one provide a balance of tangible and intangible benefits. Blacksmithing, for instance, is a unique confidence-building experience. Campers learn best safety practices in the face of real consequences and endure intense environmental conditions as they work toward their goals. On top of life skills gained, they walk away with lasting evidence of their efforts.
Where can you heat metal to over 1000 degrees and bend it to your will? Astrocamp, of course! Summer camp is the perfect place to develop and hone unique skills like blacksmithing.
This rewarding and challenging course fosters campers’ creativity, strength, and determination. Some come looking for a new artistic outlet. Some have a finished product in mind. For campers who dream of battling evil amidst the clanging of swords against armor, an afternoon at the forge can provide a peek into the reality of medieval craftsmanship.
Blacksmithing is just one of many unique opportunities for personal growth for campers to explore. Children foster building and programming interests in Robotics, test their physical and mental limits in a safe environment with Rock Climbing, and seek new perspectives in Digital Photography. They develop underwater calm & competence in SCUBA. They tackle logistical challenges as Future Engineers. They master difficult terrain in Mountain Biking and explore the open skies in Rocketry. From rock climbing to astronomy, culinary arts to Dungeons & Dragons, camp provides endless opportunities for young people to discover their best selves.
In blacksmithing, they develop a technical skill set and come away with treasured souvenirs, but that’s not all. Under the watchful guidance of their instructors, they master the responsibility of working with molten materials. They practice sound safety procedures in an environment where real consequences are present. They endure the heat of the forge. Using these skills, they turn bands of metal like these…
“We’re going to take hot metal, and we’re going to bend it to our will!” That is the motto for the Blacksmith class at AstroCamp summer mission. We take rods of iron; heat them up in our very own forge to a scalding temperature of well over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and pound them into a shape of our choosing. Dragon’s breath is the name of the scorching air escaping the heat of the forge and it is truly powerful. As we pound and twist the metal, see the impurities in the iron flake off and flutter down to the ground. At the completion of your project, dowse your masterpiece in the cold water and see the steam sizzling off of your completed project. We create items both practical and decorative. For those that are musically inclined, Max made a treble clef. Zack made a belt buckle that was both beautiful and useful. Your imagination can help you make amazing things, you just have to follow it. At the end of camp, take your work home with you to show your family and friends your newfound skill in blacksmithing. Now that you are a Blacksmith and you can bend metal what will your next project be?
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