Broadside Summer History Camps

Summer 2017 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.

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

Advance registration is required. Registration opens April 28, 2017. For further information, please call (757) 253-4730.

Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Adventure Camp – Ages 4-6

A-maize-ing Corn
Popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread – yum! The Powhatan Indians grew most of their food and corn was the main grain. Visit the Indian village for children’s cooking and garden chores, and take home a corny craft you’ll be proud to display.

Heave Ho!
Set your sights for Virginia as you train to be part of the ship’s crew. Sails, lines and bells are all part of the day’s adventure in the classroom and at the pier, and then you’ll make a compass to help you stay on course.

Dates: June 26-27, July 17-18, or July 27-28
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.

Trash to Treasure

What is the value of trash? For an archaeologist it can be a gold mine of information about the past. Discover what the Jamestown colonists threw away at the fort and how the story of their lives can be put back together. A collage of “artifacts” will decorate your own treasure box.

In a Pinch

Using clay from riverbanks, the Powhatan Indians made cooking pots for their soups and stews. In the Indian Village see a pottery demonstration, and see how the pots would be used at the cookfire. Try your hand at creating a pinch pot of your own, decorated with imprints of cordage.

Jamestown Bound

Travel back in time to discover life aboard a sailing ship. What would you do for 144 days at sea? Learn how passengers in 1607 passed the time during the voyage with games like draughts (modern day checkers). Stencil your own wooden checkerboard to use at home.

Dates: June 26-28, July 17-19, or July 26-28
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

Jamestown Settlement: Consider the Source – Grades 3-5
For children who have just completed grade 3, 4 or 5.

Star Bright

Examine the state-of-the-art (for 1607!) mariners’ tools as you discover how explorers found their way from Europe to the New World. Down at the pier you’ll learn to measure a ship’s speed and calculate distance traveled. The tool you’ll make will help time and direction.

A True Report

Did Virginia Company writings advertise truth or fiction about the new colony? Settlers often were recruited by publicity. Can you create a convincing broadside to lure more adventurers?

African Arrival

Evidence is growing about the first Africans in Virginia and their culture back home. You will make colorful block print designs like those found on traditional cloth in west central Africa.

Dates: June 19-21, June 28-30, July 19-21, or July 24-26
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

Pig Tales and Sheep Yarns

Some chores on the farm are all about the animals. Learn about soap from pigs and wool from sheep. You’ll get to make soap of natural, gentle ingredients, as well as craft a fuzzy sheep to take home to your own “farm.”

Hungry, Hungry Soldiers

All that marching can make a soldier hungry! Explore the camp to find out what foods the Continental Army provided and how the soldiers cooked it for themselves. You’ll draw rations from the quartermaster, and design your own mess bucket and fill it with some rations to make your own simple soup.

Dates: June 29-30, July 20-21, or July 24-25
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

Attention Soldier

Discover some of the reasons men, and some women, joined the Continental Army. After your enlistment, learn the basic marching techniques General von Steuben used to maintain order and discipline among the troops. Discover how soldiers wrote home to their loved ones during the war.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Farmer had to know how to read the sign language of nature—when to plant crops and what chores to do at each season of the year. On the farm discover the use of wind and weather in drying and preparing food. Construct a kite that could be used to test the wind.

Dates: June 29-30, July 20-21, or July 24-25
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$28 for the 2-day session/$25.20 for donors

Colonial Science – Grades 3 – 5
For children who have just completed grade 3, 4 or 5.

Good Humors

Balanced humors were not a laughing matter for the colonial doctor. You’ll discuss the theories of medicine of 200 years ago, examine medical tools and explore our army encampment to discover the illnesses and injuries endured by Continental soldiers. The medical kit you put together could prove to be useful in today’s world too.

Weather or Not

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin experimented with agricultural innovations, electricity, climate and much more, while farmers in the 18th century dealt with all kinds of seasonal conditions. Perform scientific experiments and create instruments for measuring local weather conditions.

Dates: June 22-23, June 26-27, July 17-18, or July 27-28
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
$42 for the 2-day session/$37.80 for donors


Updated 3/3/17