On June 5th, every student in Osceola county will be heard screaming with excitement as they run from the school grounds to their long promised summer freedom. But many parents are hard pressed to find fun & educational activities to keep their kids busy through the summer months. Osceola County Historical Society offers four weekly camp sessions that last from 9am-4pm for 1st through 8th graders. Here are a few things about the Osceola County Historical Society's Summer Camp that you might not have known.
The summer camp kids will…
1. Take a field trip every week.
Every week of camp is themed differently, such as “Diggin’ Up History” week and “Survivor Osceola” week. The field trips scheduled match the theme of the week and let the kids experience it outside of the normal camp day setting. One field trip campers will go on this year is to Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park. It is situated on 4,200 acres of Florida wetlands and is home to a variety of animals from alligators to bald eagles and more.
2. Canoe on historic Shingle Creek.
Shingle Creek is considered to be the headwaters to the Florida Everglades making it a key facet of the Florida landscape. Campers will experience the 2-mile stretch of water by canoe and will work to check off a variety of plant and animal wildlife from a scavenger hunt list given before their big adventure.
3. Do fun activities with local industry pros.
Campers will get to learn from local leaders such as the Florida Public Archeology Network, who dive right in with the campers to get their hands dirty and spread their knowledge around.
4. Go on an archaeological dig.
Campers experience what it is like to be a real archaeologist using actual tools to dig out artifacts from various time periods of the past. The older the artifact, the father down they have to dig!
5. Battle for Osceola History.
During Civil War Week re-enactors come out to teach the campers all about marching and battling to victory. There are appointed Generals and other roles the campers take on as they partake in a fun battle dubbed, “Battle at Shingle Creek”.
6. Hunt for Skunk Ape & Treasure.
During “History’s Mysteries” week campers will learn about tall tales and urban legends. Some of our favorites include the local Skunk Ape legends and Bone Mizell’s legendary buried gold tales where we end the week going on a hunt for both.
7. Build a real fort.
Campers learn about what is important in building a survival structure during “Survivor Osceola” week and break into teams to build the best fort. Campers receive a tarp and a few other materials and learn to make do with what they have in order to survive, all focused on working as a team to get the job done.
For more information or to purchase a spot for your little rascals, SIGN UP HERE!