Broadside Summer History Camps

Registration is Open for Summer 2016 Programs.

Forging Ahead

Programs are held in classrooms at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, with fun and educational activities, such as stories, games, crafts, snacks and visits to the galleries and living-history areas.

Registration form. Mail registration form to:
On-site Education Office,
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation,
P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187

Advance registration is required. For further information, please call (757) 253-4730.

Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Adventure Camp – Ages 4-6

Day 1: Wet Wonders
Go fishing for information about what the Powhatan Indians caught in their traps and nets in the James River. We’ll head down to the village to see how the marine animals were cooked and preserved. You will craft your own “catch of the day” to bring home.

Day 2: What’s Wattle?
Wattle, daub and thatch are the materials needed to build a house at Jamestown. It will be like child’s play at James Fort as you learn to weave sticks. You’ll apply your new construction skills to make a picture frame shaped like a house.

Dates: June 30-July 1, July 21-22 (afternoon session available), or July 25-26
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$28 per camper for the 2-day session/$25.20 for donors

Jamestown Discovery Camp – Grades 1-2
For children who have just completed grade 1 or 2.

Day 1: Pipkins and Firkins
Settlers to Jamestown had to store their food and other stuff in containers. In the fort join with the others to raise and lower barrels the same way the settlers would have. Participate in a scavenger hunt looking for other containers in the buildings in the fort. You will take home your own decorated piece of reproduction 17th-century pottery.

Day 2: Current Events
Seventeenth-century sailing ships moved with the winds and ocean currents. We’ll make a mock voyage across the Atlantic to relive the experiences of those mariners 400 years ago. Down at the river, a lesson on sail handling will teach you the importance of pulling on the right ropes, and you’ll make a puzzle sea chart to help you find your way.

Day 3: Flying Feathers
Some feathers fly without the bird – like when they are tossed in an Indian game of skill. Visit the Powhatan village to see where feathers are featured, and then create your own corncob toss game to continue the fun at home.

Dates: June 29-July 1, July 20-22, or July 25-27
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$42 per camper for the 3-day session/$37.80 for donors

The Play’s the Thing: Learning Jamestown’s
History Through Art and Literature – Grades 3-5
For children who have just completed grade 3, 4 or 5.

Day 1: Through English Eyes
Not having a written language doesn’t mean that the early Virginia Powhatan story is untold. Material culture and oral history survive, as does the English perspective, recorded as paintings, poetry, and more. You’ll study John White’s watercolors of Eastern Woodland Indians, and visit the village for inspiration for a watercolor of your own.

Day 2: Will the Colony Succeed?
The permanent galleries will be used to identify examples of art and literature that portray Jamestown’s history. Come join in a military drill in James Fort, and design a puppet for a show similar to popular 17th-century entertainment.

Day 3: A Brave Vessel
Is there a connection between Jamestown and a William Shakespeare play? See what happened when Jamestown-bound ships were caught in a hurricane and the largest one ended up in Bermuda. You’ll create a shipwreck diorama, learn about sailors’ duties during a storm, and perform a scene from The Tempest.

Dates: June 20-22, June 27-29, July 18-20, or July 27-29
Times: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
$56 per camper for the 3-day session/$50.40 for donors

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Yorktown Adventure Camp – Ages 4 – 6

Day 1: Topsy Turvy
When the farm chores are finished, it’s time for fun! Playing colonial games like hoop and stick will delight you during your time with us, and you’ll continue the fun at home with your own handmade toy.

Day 2: Muster and March
Can you keep in step as you march around camp? Learn about the Continental soldiers – their tents, food and training – and print a picture that you’ll be proud to frame in a newly decorated frame.

Dates: June 27-28 (sessions full), July 18-19 (afternoon session available), or July 28-29
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$28 for the 2-day session/$25.20 for donors

Yorktown Discovery Camp – Grades 1 – 2
For children who have just completed grade 1 or 2

Day 1: Vive La France
George Washington became great friends with the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution. During a scavenger hunt through our museum and soldiers’ camp, you will investigate important French connections that helped America win the war. We’ll also create a lasting memory by tracing your shadow to cut a framed silhouette portrait.

Day 2: Common Scents
Did you know that nice aromas help a body feel good? There may be more than meets the nose – explore the farm and take a look at medicines used in colonial times, and some herbs and plants from which they were made. You’ll put together a sweet-smelling concoction of your very own, and assemble an herbal book for future reference.

Dates: June 27-28 (morning session available), July 18-19, or July 28-29
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$28 for the 2-day session/$25.20 for donors

Town of York – Grades 3 – 5
For children who have just completed grade 3, 4 or 5.

Day 1: Sign of the Times
Where is the best site for the windmill? The tobacco warehouse? Make these decisions as you lay out the town of York on our floor map. Learn how merchants advertised their wares, and create a sign to promote your own prospering business. On the farm you’ll learn the business side of growing tobacco as the cash crop.

Day 2: Surrender at Yorktown
Investigate how Yorktown became the sight of the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War. Explore the encampment, learn military exercises with your sergeant and collect evidence for your “lotus book” as you study the strategy behind the Siege of Yorktown.

Dates: June 23-24, June 30-July 1, July 21-22, or July 25-26
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
$42 for the 2-day session/$37.80 for donors


Updated June 8, 2016