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Camps

Join our professional staff in an interactive, educational, and fun environment. Our day camps include historical demonstrations, interactions, make-and-take craft activities, and so much more! Your kids will make memories that last a lifetime at one of Virginia’s most popular living history museums.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for all camps and education programs. Space is limited. Call (804) 318-8797 or email burrs@chesterfield.gov.

Multiple-Day Camps

June

Camp Pocahontas I (ages 6 - 10)

Campers will explore the environment and life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through demonstrations, activities and arts and crafts. In our re-created Powhatan settlement of Arrohateck, hands-on activities will include: cooking, farming, archery, music and dancing, engineering, canoe scraping, fish net weaving and pottery. Make-and-take crafts included.

Dates: June 25-29

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 21 by calling 804-318-8797

Cost: $195/child; $180/multiple children (same family); Henricus Patrons $165/child


Before and After Care Available for this Camp (up to one hour each):
$10/each day per child (or $5/each half day per child

July

Archaeology Camp (Ages 8 – 12)

Participate in the arts and sciences of Field and Laboratory Archaeology. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate and excavate sites and the archaeological methods used to create a living history museum. Join in “practice” excavation techniques and a field laboratory; see what you can interpret about history just through the artifacts left behind by people of the past. Take a field trip to an active archaeological site.

Dates: July 23-25

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 20 by calling 804-318-8797

Cost: $115/child; $105/multiple children (same family); Henricus Patrons $100/child

August

James River Camp (ages 9 - 12)

Discover the environmental and geological features of the historic James River as Virginia Indians and the Colonial settlers would have encountered it 400 years ago.   Paddle a kayak and identify how the plants and animals of the river were hunted, gathered and used throughout history.  Understand the course changes made at Dutch Gap during the Civil War and see how it is used today.  Take a field trip to a Water Treatment Plant and then do science experiments relating to water purification.  Meet the historic peoples who lived along the banks of the James River and see how they used the river to meet their daily needs.

Dates: August 13-17

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 10 by calling 804-318-8797

Cost: $200/child; $185/Multiple Children (same family); Henricus Patrons $170/child

 

Single-Day Family Camps/Discovery Days

For ages 3-12 with an adult, 10am-2pm
Cost: $15/child, $10/adult Patrons: $12/child, adult free

July

Two Lives of Pocahontas: As an Indian Girl

Learn how the child Pocahontas would have lived, worked and been educated in the Powhatan Indian world 400 years ago. What would she have eaten, worn, lived in and learned as an Indian girl? What chores would she have done; what was her status as daughter of Chief Powhatan? Hands-on activities and demonstrations, make-and-take projects, and site tours of the re-created village of Arrohateck are included on this exciting day commemorating the life and times of Pocahontas! All children must be accompanied by an adult. This half-day program for young children and parents is the first of two days commemorating the “Two Lives of Pocahontas.”

Dates: July 12

Registration Deadline: July 10, call 804-748-8797

Two Lives of Pocahontas: As an English Woman

Learn how the young woman Pocahontas’ would have lived, worked and been educated in the English world of the Citie of Henricus 400 years ago. What would she have eaten? What clothing would she have worn? What were her chores, education, and daily experiences in this very different culture from the one in which she grew up? Hands-on activities and demonstrations, make-and-take projects, and site tours of the re-created English Citie of Henricus are included on this exciting day commemorating the life and times of Pocahontas! All children must be accompanied by an adult. This half day program for young children and parents is the second of two days commemorating the “Two Lives of Pocahontas”.

Dates: July 19

Registration Deadline: July 17, call 804-748-8797

August

Fun & Games

Come and learn what an Indian or English Colonial child’s day would have included after chores and lessons were done: fun and games! Learn what activities would have been done and what each would have taught the children – coordination, hunting skills and aspects of their cultures. Activities will include a story, interactive tour of our living history site, and a make-and-take craft. Stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: August 2

Registration Deadline: July 30, call 804-748-8797

Learning in the 1600s

Join us to understand what Education would have been like for the youngest English and Indian children 400 years ago. Activities will include a story, interactive tour of our re-created 17th century site, and a make-and-take craft. Stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates: August 23

Registration Deadline: August 18, call 804-748-8797