2020 Summer Camp Offerings (ages 6 – 17)

June 22 – 26, 2020

SMOOTH SAILING

CANCELLED

Anchors Aweigh (ages 6 – 9)

All Hands on Deck (ages 9 – 12)

It’s time to set sail on a maritime journey through the past.  Spend time onboard the gundalow, Piscataqua, and try out different jobs on board a ship.  Learn to tie knots, raise the sails and swab the decks.  Try out crafts, games and hands-on activities to discover what it was like to be a sailor (or a pirate) long ago.  We are looking for new recruits. Join us for fun on land and sea. 

Set sail on board the Gundalow, Piscataqua, and try manning the sails, navigating, steering and much more! Then become immersed in an historical seaport neighborhood. Cook a ship’s meal, develop a cure for scurvy, join a maritime trade simulation, visit a sea captain’s house, and engage in a variety of antique arts and nautical games. Don’t miss the boat! 

Cost: $290 Members/$340 Non-members ~~~ Hours: 9:00 – 3:00 (extended care available)

July 6 – 10, 2020

LIVING HISTORY I

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History Alive (ages 6 – 9)

History in Play: Growing Up Between the Wars (ages 9 – 12)

Perfect for youngsters who enjoy using their imaginations and participating in dress-up and pretend play. History Alive encourages kids to compare and contrast life in different eras of the past.  Kids receive a new character and costume from a different time period each day.  After a brief, interactive lesson about that era, they engage in games and activities particular to each century in period gardens and buildings.

Become a child of immigrants or a youngster living on the World War II Homefront. Crafts and cooking, costumes, games and entertainments bring the time period between the Great Wars to life.   Develop improvisation and acting techniques while you roleplay in the museum’s buildings and interact with visitors. The camp will culminate with the opportunity to perform in character for friends and family.

July 13 – 17, 2020

DISCOVERY WEEK!

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Bright Ideas (Age 6-9)

Inventions and Experiments (age 9-12)

July 20 – 24, 2020

SBM WIZARD SCHOOL

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Wizard School Years 1 & 2 (ages 6-8)

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Wizard School Years 3 & 4 (ages 9 – 11)

Wizard School Years 5 & 6 (ages 12 – 14)

Cost: $265 Members/$315 Non-members ~~~ Hours: 9:00 – 3:00 (extended care available)

July 27 – 31, 2020

COLONIAL APPRENTICES

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Colonial DIY (ages 6 – 9)

Traditional Trades (ages 9 – 12)

Native Americans and early colonists did not have Pinterest, but they knew how to get the things they needed with their own two hands.  Now is your chance to learn how people made incredible things hundreds of years ago without factories and modern technology. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to use the tools and materials from long ago to create your own projects.  From fabric to pottery and birch bark toys to pound cake, you will be amazed at all the things you can do.

Step into the shoes of an 18th-century apprentice and learn a whole host of colonial trades. Campers will be immersed in Colonial America as they engage in a variety of hands-on activities and authentic experiences.  At the end of the week, campers take home a bounty of their own projects, entertaining family and friends with newfound skills and one-of-a-kind playthings. Activities will include woodworking, yarn and basket weaving, bookbinding, pottery and so much more!

August 3 – 7, 2019

BLAST TO THE PAST

HISTORICAL BOREDOM BUSTERS

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Pastimes in Times Past (ages 6-9)

Fun and Games (ages 9 – 12)

America is a land of immigrants and  different cultures have contributed to American cuisines and customs throughout time.  This week we will explore how cultural contributions from enslaved Africans to Native Americans and a variety of immigrant groups have influenced entertainments and pastimes that we enjoy today. Campers will make their own toys, learn new games, engage in storytelling, dancing, art and music to connect the past to the present.  At the end of the week, they will have a variety of new playthings to take home.

How did people have fun before screens and technology? We are going to find out as we explore the past through the entertainments of long ago. In addition to learning dozens of new sports, board and cards games, puzzles, jokes, etc.; participants will have time each day to make some of their own toys and games to take home and share with family and friends. The week will culminate with a tournament where campers not only learn the history of the Olympic Games; they can compete in the activities they have practiced throughout the week.

August 10 – 14, 2020

UNCOVERING THE PAST

Get down and dirty with the Archaeologists to explore an amazing historical resource below ground. Campers will have the chance to work with museums experts at they search, investigate, and examine an assortment clues people have left behind.

Please check back. These camps could be done on site or at a distance.

Dig the Past (ages 6 – 9)

Archaeology Adventure (ages 9 – 12)

Jr. Interpreters: Archaeology (ages 12 – 17)

Archaeologists are not afraid to get messy.  Learn how they do their jobs with hands on fun.  Dig around in the dirt to discover what secrets lie beneath your feet.  Solve mysteries with the objects you find; create your own imagined excavation site; and so much more!  By the end of the week, you may be dirty, but you will have tons of fun discovering what archaeology is all about.

Uncover the secrets of the past left behind by people from long ago. Campers learn the basics of archaeological investigation as they take part in a realistic simulated excavation.  Discover how to use the tools and equipment that archaeologists use in the field. Then get an up close look at real artifacts as you examine and help to clean objects uncovered at some of the museum’s archaeological sites. 

Participants will work with Strawbery Banke’s Chief Archaeologist to learn the techniques for mapping and excavating a real archaeological site.  During the week, the group will spend time working with archaeological collection cleaning, investigating and recording artifacts from centuries past.   

Cost: $265 Members/$315 Non-members ~~~ Hours: 9:00 – 3:00 (extended care available)

August 17 – 21, 2020

LIVING HISTORY II

If you missed the first living history week, don’t worry. You have another chance!  Dress in period costumes, get a new identity, hone your acting skills and see what it was like to be a child long ago. Each camp is a little different so try them both!

Please check back. These camps could be done on site or at a distance.

History Alive (ages 6 – 9)

History in Play: Growing Up Colonial (ages 9 – 12)

Perfect for youngsters who enjoy using their imaginations and participating in dress-up and pretend play. History Alive encourages kids to compare and contrast life in different eras of the past.  Kids receive a new character and costume from a different time period each day.  After a brief, interactive lesson about that era, they engage in games and activities particular to each century in period gardens and buildings.

Learn about George Washington’s time by living it. Dress in costumes and use reproduction toys and tools in a historical setting to discover what life was like for children in the Colonial era.  Develop improvisation and acting techniques as you roleplay in the museum’s buildings and interact with visitors. Friends and family are invited throughout the week to meet your character.

Cost: $265 Members/$315 Non-members ~~~ Hours: 9:00 – 3:00 (extended care available)

JR. ROLEPLAYERS

SESSION I – July 6 – 17, 2020 SESSION II – July 27 – Aug. 7, 2020

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The Modern Age: 1908 – 1955 (July 6 – July 17, 2020)

The Industrial Era: 1820 – 1908 (July 27 – August 7, 2020)

In this session, Jr. Roleplayers take on the roles of adolescents growing up in the first half of the 20th-century. You may portray an immigrant’s child growing up in Puddle Dock or a teen volunteering on the World War II Homefront. Imagine life as your grandparents or great-grandparents may have lived so many years ago.

Become teenagers growing up in the Industrial Age. Experience the exciting innovations in recreation and chores, clothing, health and hygiene, education and family life through the eyes of a 19th-century adolescent.

Cost: $525 Members/$625 Non-members ~~~ Hours: 9:00 – 3:00 (extended care available)