Things You Need To Know

Event Dates

Virtual Workshop May 20&21, 2022

About The Camp

The Christianson Native Craft Workshop, now in its 48th year, offers hands-on folk art, craft experiences, and demonstrations in a family oriented setting.  The CNCW has been held annually since being founded in 1975 by Frances Christianson and members of the United Methodist Church.  The workshop has given hundreds of persons, young and old, a chance to learn talents in an Ozark forest setting and take home beautifully handcrafted items.

In Person Classes at Camp

In Person Classes are held at SHANNONDALE COMMUNITY CENTER’S TIMBER LODGE, a United Church of Christ facility located 24 miles south of Salem, Missouri on Highway 19.  Students at the 2023 Workshop can choose from more than three dozen crafts.  While adults enjoy craft classes, children will be occupied with age appropriate programs.  The babysitting and 5-8 age group classes are located in the Shannondale Church, just down the road near the campground, and the children are bussed both to and from.  Besides taking classes, teenagers particularly enjoy our afternoon activities.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday mornings, and some afternoons.  Afternoons are for relaxing, swimming, working on class projects, taking part in planned tours, float trips on the Current River, shopping at Wobus Memorial Craft Center, demonstrations, or simply enjoying the Ozark setting.  Scheduled evening entertainment includes live music, dancing, the annual Art Auction, and a talent show. Various demonstrations of Old-time skills, musical performances, and guided nature hikes are often a part of the experience, too.  A daily schedule is posted during the week listing extra activities.  Each day includes Morning and Evening Devotions.

Note:  part-time students will be accepted only after June 1st if space is available.  This is to ensure that full time students are able to take the classes they desire.  CNCW classes reflect the traditional means of learning folk art with close personal contact between students and teachers.  To help maintain this relationship, classes may be limited in size.  Some popular classes reach registration limits very quickly.  Early registration is advised.

A link to a list of all available classes is available here