Colonial Williamsburg to offer new day camp program this summer

jojacobs@vagazette.com

A new Colonial Williamsburg summer camp program offers a hearty dose of 18th century history for local children.

DOG Street Camps will feature hands-on educational activities to immerse campers in history, science and technology in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The weeklong day camps come in response to visitor interest in such programming, said Ramona Vogel Hill, Colonial Williamsburg supervisor of family programming.

“It really does add a whole other perspective.” Hill said. "Many guests have asked over the years why we don't have a camp.”

The program is split by age groups into two camps. Adventurers Camp is aimed at kids ages 9-11, while Explorers Camp is aimed at kids ages 12 and 13. Campers will learn about colonial history topics, such as 18th century culture and the lives of slaves and women, in programming focused on the science, technology, engineering and math fields, Hill said.

Both camps feature activities such as candle making, military life, introductory archaeology and gardening. The Explorers Camp participants will also take on more advanced activities such as soap making and ax throwing, according to the Colonial Williamsburg website.

The program is intended to get kids involved in outdoor experiences with hands-on activities, which will promote learning and engage their interests. A focus on science, technology, engineering and math is a nod to the Enlightenment ideals which forged the United States, Hill said.

"We need to get kids involved and outside," she said.

The Adventurers Camp is offered in four sessions June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27 and Aug. 6-10. The Explorers Camp is offered in four sessions July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 13-17. Camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meals aren’t provided and campers are asked to bring water bottles. Camps include Historic Area admission and a T-shirt. Camp tickets are $325, the release states.

More info

For more information, call 855-296-6627 or visit colonialwilliamsburg.com/summercamp.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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