Kids who have a love for history can get a good dose of the 18th century plus lots of fun at the Old Barracks Museum’s summer day camp.
There will be two sessions of mustering into George Washington’s army: Mondays to Fridays, July 14 to 18, and July 21 to 25. Sign-ups have already begun for this popular hands-on chance to recreate colonial camp life.
“We’d love to add a third week; interest is really growing,” said Development Assistant Lauren Ronaghan. “We can register up to 25 boys and girls from 9 to 12 years old for each week.”
Campers start and end the day by marching in and out (mustering) with all due pomp and circumstance. Throughout the 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. day they “live” in the 18th century on the grounds used more than 200 years ago by British, Hessian, and American soldiers. Activities include cooking an authentic stew; making their own gear, like a ruck sack; dancing and singing in colonial style; creating period crafts; and marching to local historic sites in drill according to Baron von Stueben’s Manual of Arms.
“The kids also journal as if they were soldiers in the continental army,” Ronaghan added. “It’s an incredibly fun way to learn history through engaging activities. Plus they get an Old Barracks T-shirt to complete their ‘uniform.’”
This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Tuition for summer camp is $150 per session for Old Barracks Association Lieutenant Members; $225 per session for non-members; and $240 for a new member plus camp bundle (includes a one-year Lieutenant-level membership plus one week of camp). Applications are now being accepted.
Camp is located at the Old Barracks Museum grounds right in the Capitol complex. Staff members are on-hand for supervised drop-off and pick-up. Go to www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776 for information and applications.
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton. www.barracks.org. 609-396-1776. See ad, page 6.