Summer Camps at a Distance 2020

We recognize that one of the best things about our summer camps is the magical feeling of being in such an historical place. However, the last few months have taught us that we must adapt to difficult circumstances and find happiness in new things. Rather than cancelling altogether, we are doing something we have never done before.


Summer Camp Information Session – Recorded June 30, 2020

How does it work? Camps at a Distance will take a handful of our tried-and -true camp activities and transform them into projects and experiences that we can still have without being on the site this summer.

Each camp week will provide opportunities every day for kids to meet and learn from our talented camp staff using the Zoom platform. Every registered participant will receive a kit containing all the materials needed to engage in several hands-on activities and interactive experiences for the week. In addition, they will have an agenda for each Zoom meeting so they can pick and choose when they want to take part and when they would like to do something on their own.

What else should I know? Activities are designed so that kids 8 and up should be relatively self-sufficient and can be successful without an adult by their side. Six-and seven-year-olds are welcome to join with an adult.

Kits will be packed following recommended guidelines. Gloves and masks will be used. They will arrive at your home in time to sit for a few days before being opened.

Zoom calls will be offered between 9:00 – 12:00 and will not exceed 90-minutes at a time. Participants are free to come and go as they please according to their personal preferences. A second Zoom opportunity may be available in the afternoon to meet a special guest or go on a behind the scenes tour, but everything is completely voluntary.

In addition to Zoom activities, kits will contain several other activities that kids can do on their own and share at the next meeting.

Price per kit: $25 for members/$35.00 for non-members

In order to ensure delivery of kits, please register at least one week prior to the start of camp (for those living within 25 miles of the museum). If you live farther than 25 miles from the museum, you will need to register in time for SBM to send the kit via priority mail. Expedited shipping will need to be paid by the registrant.


Offerings

July 6 – 10, 2020

History Alive (ages 8 – 9, 6-7 years with an adult)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through time and live in the past?  Now is your chance!  Create period costumes from your own wardrobe, get a new identity, hone your acting skills and see what it was like to be a child long ago. Registration Closed.

History at Play (ages 9 – 12)

Discover what is was like to be a kids living 100 years ago.  Dress in period costumes, become a new character, interact with professional roleplayers and engage in games and crafts to help understand how people lived a century ago. Registration Closed.


July 13 – 17, 2020

Bright Ideas (ages 8 – 9, 6-7 years with an adult)

This camp will explore the 20th-century through inventions. From life-changing innovations like cars, planes and helicopters to fun fads like Slinkys, Teddy Bears and dance marthons, kids will engage in lots of experiments to discover the ins and outs of how and why things work. Registration Closed.

Daring Discoveries (ages 9 – 12)

Kids will travel back 100 years ago to explore inventions and recreate experiments based on historical world events. Kids will develop their own radio show, trying painting like Picasso, go on a virtual ride in a Ford Model-A and discover what antibiotics are all about. Registration Closed.

Jr. Roleplayers: Modern Era (ages 12 – 17)

Participants in this camp will get a new identity and become part of a family that lived in the Strawbery Banke neighborhood. During live meetings they will be introduced to improvisation as well as the time period in which their character lived. Beginner research methods will allow kids to delve into the past and uncover fascinating facts about who they are and how they lived. Registration Closed.

NOTE: This is normally a two week camp. If we are able to offer onsite camps in August, there may be an opportunity for a second week in which kids can visit the museum to see where they live, try on a full costume and practice roleplaying. The onsite part will not cost extra and would be totally optional.


July 20 – 24, 2020

SBM Wizard School (ages 8 – 14, 6-7 years with an adult)

Get sorted into one of the Strawbery Banke houses and engage in competitions for the house cup. Take a new lesson each day in classes such as Potions, Herbology, Ancient Runes and Defense Against Dying – all with an historical twist. Create your own wand and play in optional trivia tournaments. 28/30 spots filled. Spaces available for ages 11 – 14 only. Registration closes on Tuesday, July 14 for those needing kits mailed or delivered.


July 27 – 31, 2020

Calling all artists and artisans! If you like to build, construct, design and invent, join us for a week of creativity as our campers explore life in Colonial America through the crafts and projects of long ago.

Colonial DIY (ages 8-9, 6-7 years with an adult)

Using the stories of all people in American history, this camp will focus on the ways people had to hand make most of their everyday things. From candles and bricks to paper and rugs, kids will make a variety of Colonial inspired crafts with their own two hands! CAMP FULL

Traditional Trades (ages 9 – 12)

This camp will explore how people made a living in Colonial times. Kids will make baskets, experiment with making pottery, try some woodworking with the cooper, discover the ins and outs of portrait painting and much more! 11/12 spaces filled. Registration closes on Monday, July 20.

Jr. Roleplayers: Industrial Age (ages 12 – 17)

Participants in this camp will get a new identity and become part of a family that lived in the Strawbery Banke neighborhood. During live meetings they will be introduced to improvisation as well as the time period in which their character lived. Beginner research methods will allow kids to delve into the past and uncover fascinating facts about who they are and how they lived. 13/14 spaces full.

NOTE: This is normally a two week camp. If we are able to offer onsite camps in August, there may be an opportunity for a second week in which kids can visit the museum to see where they live, try on a full costume and practice roleplaying. The onsite part will not cost extra and would be totally optional.


August 3 – 7, 2020

Historical Boredom Busters (ages 8 – 12, 6-7 with an adult)

Take a page from the kids of the past and discover new ways to keep boredom at bay. In this camp, we will explore how children made their own fun when technology and screens were not available. Kids will get outside to explore nature, tryout ancient board games, make many new toys and learn how to use things around the house to have fun in unique ways. FULL for ages 6 – 8/FULL for ages 9 – 11. Registration closes Tuesday, July 28 for those needing kits mailed or delivered.


August 10 – 14, 2020

Dig the Past (ages 6-8) – FULL!

Archaeology Adventure (ages 9 -11) – FULL!

Jr. Interpreters: Archaeology (ages 12 – 15) – FULL!

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 variety of hands-on activities at home. Meet Strawbery Banke Museum’s archaeologist and discover how to use the tools and equipment that archaeologists use in the field. Then get an up close look at real artifacts from the museum’s collections. Some campers (depending on order of registration) will be offered the chance to visit the museum for a few hours during the week to have some onsite, hands-on experiences.