The Oberlin Heritage Center will offer three hands-on history camps for kids this summer.
• “Oberlin Ahoy! Pirates and Life on the High Seas” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17-21.
Set sail in search of fun and adventure. Campers will learn about famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny and explore how people navigated the seas, what a sailor’s life was like, how to create maps, and much more through engaging hands-on activities.
• Architecture Camp will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4. Children will tour Oberlin architecture, explore building materials, try construction challenges, sketch designs, construct mini-buildings, and envision buildings of the future. Scouts attending this camp will also complete some requirements for architecture badges.
• “History of Theater” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7-11. Children attending this camp will experience not only the dramatic history of theater, but also what happens behind the scenes. This camp focuses on how theater evolved over time and the influence of plays and musicals on culture. As a part of the camp, children will create their own mini-theatrical production to perform at the end of the week.
All camp sessions are held at the air-conditioned Oberlin Depot, 240 South Main St., with some walking field trips nearby.
The cost for each camp is $110 per child ($100 for children or grandchildren of OHC members). Anyone registering prior to June 23 may take an additional $5 discount on each camp. Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify for schools’ free lunch programs.
More information, including online registration, can be found at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org; or by contacting museum education and tour coordinator Amanda Manahan at 440-774-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oberlin Heritage Center’s summer camp program is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance, an association of local history museums and historical societies from throughout the state.
Camps are designed for boys and girls ages eight to 13 and are led by an experienced educator assisted by college student interns and community volunteers.