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Registration Open for Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Children's Summer History Camps

March 8, 2010

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Registration begins May 10 for children’s summer history camps at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings.

Whether it’s picking up a few words of the Powhatan Indian language or learning about military life during the American Revolution, the camps offer children summer fun with an educational twist on colonial American history through hands-on activities, games, stories and take-home crafts. Camps range from two to three days and are available for children age 4 through fifth grade.

The following camps are available:
AGES 4-6
Jamestown Adventure Camp
 – Day 1: Painted Powhatans – Children will learn how Virginia Indians used shells, feathers and beads to decorate themselves and their clothes. Students use various materials to make ornamentations of their own design. Day 2: Royal Review – Children will discover how to behave at the royal court as they learn about Queen Elizabeth and King James, two rulers important in the founding of Virginia. Students make a jeweled scepter and crown to take home. Program Dates/Cost: June 24-25, June 28-29, July 22-23, July 26-27, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. $25.00 per child.

Yorktown Adventure Camp – Day 1: Growing Goodies – Children will discover their own green thumb as they explore what is growing in the kitchen garden of a re-created 18th-century farm. Students make a decorative planter to take home. Day 2: Show Your Colors – Children will learn about the flags of the American Revolution and how each regiment carried its own colors. Students make their own flag of colors and march to the re-created Continental Army encampment. Program Dates/Cost: June 22-23, June 30-July 1, July 20-21, July 29-30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. $25.00 per child.

COMPLETED GRADES 1-2
Jamestown Discovery Camp
 – Day 1: Sea Dogs – Children will learn about privateering activities of famous seamen Captain Christopher Newport and Sir Francis Drake, and board a replica 17th-century ship on the James River. Students make a special treasure box to take home. Day 2: What’s Sinew? – Youngsters will learn how Powhatan Indians turned skins into leather and tendon into string and other uses of animals for tools, clothing and more. Students assemble a leather pouch to take home. Program Dates/Cost: June 28-29, July 22-23, July 26-27, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. $25.00 per child.

Yorktown Discovery Camp – Day 1: Sending Signals – Children will discover the many signals used to communicate during the American Revolution, from waving a white flag to surrender to the rat-a-tat-tat of a soldier’s drum. Students create a secret document and a special case to carry it in. Day 2: Just Write – Children will learn about 18th-century school supplies and use tools of the period to marbleize paper and practice writing with a quill pen. Students also will visit the re-created 1780s farm to investigate children’s activities to complete the lesson. Program Dates/Cost: June 30-July 1, July 20-21, July 29-30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. $25.00 per child.

COMPLETED GRADES 3-5
Jamestown Special Faces – Day 1: Wahunsunacock – Students will learn about the leader of the Powhatan Indians and how he reacted to the 1607 arrival of English settlers in Virginia. Students will assemble copper and glass beads into a necklace and craft a “cornhusk” man or woman. Day 2: Christopher Newport – Students will learn about Newport’s role as admiral of the 1607 voyage to Jamestown, carrying out orders of the Virginia Company of London in founding the new colony, negotiating with Powhatan and more. Students will visit the Jamestown Settlement replica ships and make a special navigation tool to determine latitude. Day 3: John Rolfe – Students will learn about John Rolfe’s contribution of cultivating tobacco as Virginia’s cash crop, as well as the many challenges and experiences of early Jamestown colonists. They will make and play the ancient strategy board game of nine men’s morris. Program Dates/Cost: June 30-July 2, July 19-21, July 28-30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $42.00 per child.

Yorktown Special Faces – Day 1: James Armistead Lafayette – Learn about this enslaved Virginian who became a hero in the American Revolution. Students will tend to chores on the re-created 1780s farm and then make an African musical instrument. Day 2: George Washington – As commander of American troops at Yorktown in 1781, George Washington was familiar with a soldier’s life. Students will explore a Continental soldier’s typical belongings and then make their own camp chest with decorative metal plate. Program Dates/Cost: June 28-29, July 22-23, July 26-27,   10 a.m.-1 p.m. $28.00 per child.

In each camp program, children will be provided a light snack, have the opportunity to make a project to take home, and visit the outdoor living-history areas at each museum.  Space is limited, and advance registration is required.  Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund donors at the Rochambeau Club level and above receive a 10% discount on these programs.

For more information about Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center children’s summer history camps or to request registration materials, contact the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation On-Site Education Office, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA  23187, or call (757) 253-4731.  Beginning March 26, information about children’s summer history camps will be available at local public libraries and in each museum lobby.