Discovery Camps at Old Sturbridge Village
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Discovery Camps at Old Sturbridge Village invites children ages 8-17 to step back in time for Summer Adventures in History. Kids spend five days in 1830s New England, taking on the role of real Sturbridge youngsters from 1838 to enjoy a game of Base Ball 1830s Style, go fishing in the Mill Pond, help with farm chores, and spend time with Village animals.
Kids also play old-fashioned games on the Village Common and take a (fun) lesson in the District School. Every day brings a picnic on the Common (kids bring their own lunch, but we provide the afternoon snack) and the opportunity for hands-on activities as a fun 'family' group.
Bring your curiosity and plan to enjoy five days of fresh air and fun! Summer Adventures in History are for children ages 8-17 looking for plenty of hands-on history-and the experience of a lifetime!
Learn about everyday life in early 19th-century New England while dressing up in 1830s costume and taking on the role of a real Sturbridge resident from earlier times. In small groups led by Village staff, help with farm chores and household duties, learn lessons in the District School, picnic together on the Village Common, and work in costume in the historic Village.
Go fishing down at the old Mill Pond, try your hand at fun crafts and old-fashioned games on the Common, cook with other campers at a Village hearth, and record your special week of adventure in a journal you make yourself. This summer camp is all about discovery-and the fun and excitement of living and learning about New England's rich history!
Hours & Supervision:
The week long Summer Adventures in History run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 28 through August 20. Participants are supervised at all times, with a Village staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5.
Sessions fill quickly. Please return the accompanying reservation form early to avoid disappointment. (NOTE: A full refund-less the registration fee of $10 per registrant-is extended to all who cancel or change their registration at least one month prior to the program.)
Peddler sessions use play to help our youngest Discovery Campers understand and appreciate New England's past. Learning about life through stories and hands-on crafts activities, they explore early home remedies and cook together at an open hearth. Each Summer Adventure week ends with a performance of a shadow puppet show created by the Peddlers for their fellow campers (and parents)!
Discovery Camp Apprentices explore the world of work and play for an early 19th-century New England farm family by sharing in some morning farm chores, spending time in a household and craft shop, picnicking, and playing old-fashioned games (including 1830s Base Ball) on the Common. Hands-on crafts and a lesson in the District School round out their Summer Adventure.
Designed for today's young adults, Journeyman sessions focus in depth on early New England life. Journeyman participants explore the themes of family and work by 'living and working as an 1830s family' in small groups in the Village-and in our multi-faceted Education Building. Both indoors and outdoors, the emphasis is on personal discovery-and fun!
About Old Sturbeidge Village:
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest history museum in the Northeast, is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The museum re-creates the daily work activities and community celebrations of a rural 19th-century town in authentic -- living history -- fashion. It's fun to dwell in the past! Explore early New England in the company of farmers, craftsmen, and fascinating characters. Celebrate yesterday's proud traditions on your remarkable journey into America's past.
1 Sturbridge Village Lane, Sturbridge, MA map
Phone: (508) 347-3362
Old Sturbridge Village is located just off Route 20 in Sturbridge, near Exit 9 off the Mass Pike (I-90) and Exit 2 of I- 84.
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