JYF Opens Registration for Children’s Summer History Camps

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The facade of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  The building currently serves as the Yorktown Victory Center. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)
The facade of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The building currently serves as the Yorktown Victory Center. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The operators of the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are now accepting registration for several history-themed summer camps for children up to age 12.

The two living history museums are operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. JYF has offered summer camps for years. This year features a new camp called the School of the Musketeer Camp.

That camp, which runs from July 13 through 16 at a cost of $200 per child, allows children ages 9 through 12 to experience what it was like to be an English soldier establishing the Jamestown Colony in 1607.

Topics covered include fort construction, sewing and military tactics. Participants receive a haversack, hat and toy wooden musket.

To find registration materials, visit JYF’s website.

Other JYF summer camp offerings include:

  • Yorktown Adventure Camp: this program serves children ages 4 through 6. Campers will get a chance to care for crops and decorate a bug box. They will also get to make a hobbyhorse to ride through the recreated Continental Army encampment at the victory center. The $25 program has two sessions to choose from, one on July 8-9 and the other on July 20-21.
  • Jamestown Discovery Camp: campers who have just completed either first or second grade will get to go to Jamestown to explore a blacksmith’s forge, produce a tin-punched craft, visit the recreated Powhatan village and learn about how the Native Americans made several items used day-to-day in their settlement. There are three sessions to choose from in this $25 program: June 23-24, July 8-9 and July 20-21.
  • Yorktown Discovery Camp: campers who just completed grades one or two will get to learn about 18th Century papermaking. They will make paper tents and examine documents from the Continental Army. They will also get to learn about candlemaking and make their own candles. Choose from dates on June 23-24, July 8-9 or July 20-21. The program is $25 per child.
  • Yorktown Colonial Capers: this program is for children who just completed grades three, four or five. Campers will get to set up a camp on a family farm to experience the lives of Revolutionary War soldiers. They will also get to make a patriotic cap and help supply the Continental Army with items including tents, tools and food. The program is $28 per child and is offered on June 25-26, July 6-7 or July 27-28.

Space is limited in all of these programs. Registration must be done by mail, and registration materials can be found here.