Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Young Revolutionaries interested in spending a week in a world without YouTube are called to join General Washington’s ranks! General Washington is currently recruiting soldiers to serve in his Colonial Summer Camp at the Old Barracks Museum.
The Colonial Summer Camp at the Old Barracks provides children with a rich cultural experience, as well as lots of fun! Some of the activities the kids will do include:
- Recreating camp life on the Old Barracks parade ground, used over 200 years ago by British, Hessian, and American Soldiers
- Cooking stew in the camp kitchen, as soldiers would have done while at battle
- Making a haversack, a bag soldiers used to carry their personal items
- Learning popular songs and dances of the American Revolution
- Marching to local historic sites, including the NJ State House and the 1719 William Trent House
- Drilling to Baron von Steuben’s Manual of Arms, a real drill set used in the Revolution
- Playing games that were favorites of 18th century children
- Showing off all that they learned to their families during a Mustering Out Ceremony on the last afternoon of camp
All campers also receive a T-Shirt to complete their Colonial Camp Uniform!
For future soldiers ages 9-12 the camp runs Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm during the following weeks: July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26.
For future soldiers ages 13 to 15 the camp runs Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm during the week of July 29 – August 2.
To enroll or learn more visit http://www.barracks.org/summer-day-camp.html. Also be sure to check out how the camp is made accessible to Trenton youth through a collaboration with the Nicky Fifth Foundation.