Are you looking for something fun, interesting and educational for your kids to do this summer? Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division and the Parks and Recreation Department are offering several camps throughout the summer that are designed to be fun and educational for kids of all ages.
David Born, a historic programs coordinator with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, said that aside from fun, teaching children is his main goal.
Children, who attend the Civil War camps, will learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers as they draw up battle plans, prepare food, set up shelters, design battle flags and drill as Civil War soldiers. “The Civil War camps begin at the Brentsville Courthouse where troops actually enlisted Confederate as militia units for Virginia and they became part of the Confederate Army,” Born said.
An added benefit of the activities, Born said, is that children learn teamwork. “They’re doing things and working with their peers to do these things, and that will absolutely help them in the real world. They’re practical history lessons – I call it painless learning – where kids learn by participating in the activity.”
There will be two Basic Civil War Camps for 8-to 12-year olds, one from July 21 through July 25 and another from Aug. 11 through Aug. 15, at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre at 12229 Bristow Road, in Bristow. An advanced Civil War Camp for 8- to 13-year olds will be held at Ben Lomond Historic Site at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas. For more information, visit the Parks Department’s website
, click on the Summer Camp icon and then click “Browse Online.” To register, visit the Ben Lomond Community Center or call the Parks Department at 703-792-8320.
The “American Girl Doll” Camp at Rippon Lodge will teach campers about history from the Colonial Era through the two World Wars using five American Girl dolls to go along with the history of Rippon Lodge. The American Doll Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on June 23 through June 27. The registration fee for children between 8 and 12 years old is $150. To register, call 703-499-9812.
Lisa Herr, the programs director for the Prince William Department of Parks and Recreation, said the Parks Department will offer 300 other full-day and half-day camp programs for children from ages 2½ to 15 years old. The camps include a wide variety of activities that include crafts, sports, games, swimming and field trips. Themes for the camps include sports, drama, hobby, soccer and volleyball among other things. “Those are good for campers who are really looking to try new a new skill or sport or learn something different,” Herr said.
The department’s adventure camps at Lake Ridge Park, Silver Lake Park and Prince William Forest Park will include kayaking, fishing and hiking to learn about the environment and nature. “I think children walk away learning something; and I think children benefit from the whole camp experience,” Herr said.