Serious Summer Fun

panning for gold as part of a history lessonSummer camp is a great way for kids to explore their world and discover new interests. There are literally thousands of programs out there these days, from computer and drama camps to good old overnight camps by the lake. Happily there are also camps that allow children to explore history and the built environment.

You never know what a week spent on a living history farm will spark, and of course, one of the great things about archaeology camp is getting to dig in the dirt!

From recent emails, Tweets, and FB posts, I’ve come across some programs that make me want to be a kid again. There are many more – a Google search will turn up plenty of programs in your area.

Colonial Williamsburg Archaeology – Learn how archaeologists work by joining a summer field school. Field school students learn proper excavation and recording techniques, as well as the identification of common eighteenth-century artifacts. They will also be introduced to archaeology’s specialties, including Conservation, Public Archaeology, and Zooarchaeology.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust – Programs and events for youths at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Robie House, including a Prairie School Design Workshop.

Jay Heritage Center – One-week summer camp programs, this year offering Real Archaeology For Kids for ages 8-12 and Real Architecture for Kids for ages 7-11.

National Building Museum – Campers experience the world we build for ourselves in new ways—through the building, visual, and performing arts! One, two, or three unique sessions of two-week, full-day summer camp. (Some sessions have already filled.)

If you’ve outgrown summer camp, why not try a volunteer vacation? That too can be a life-changing experience. Just ask Jessica, and Caitlin, two young women who were so inspired by their AiP volunteer experience, they’ve changed career tracks and gone to graduate programs in Historic Preservation. Find your own inspiration at


About Jamie Donahoe

Happy being busy; busy being happy. Serial traveler, voracious reader, bountiful baker, blogger and techie volunteer. Now aspiring children's book author.
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