St. Augustine, Fla. (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
Registration is now open for the 2014 Lighthouse Ancient City Explorers summer camp at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Four week-long sessions featuring field trips, archaeology adventures, science experiments, art projects, and more will be offered for students who have completed grades K-5. A new ship modeling camp will also be available for students who have completed grades 5-8 to learn more about architecture and history.
“Summer camp is a great opportunity for children to bridge the learning gap between the spring and fall semesters through lots of fun, educational activities,” said Brenda Swann, Deputy Director of Collections, Interpretations, and Programs at the museum. “We are fortunate to have so much history right here in our backyard. Our camp programs give students the chance to experience it up close; whether it’s climbing the lighthouse tower, participating in an archaeology dig, or taking field trips to some of the other local historic sites.”
Conducted through a partnership with the St. Johns County Education Foundation, the Ancient City Explorers camp begins June 9th and runs through July 11th. Camp themes this year include British Ballyhoo, Menorcan Menagerie, African-Americans and the Civil Rights Movement, and Flagler’s Florida. Students will partake in activities that illustrate St. Augustine’s rich history, from excavating shipwrecks and making family crests to exploring Fort Mose and playing Victorian parlor games. Camp fees include all field trip costs as well as daily snacks and lunch on Thursday and Friday.
Scholarships are available to the Ancient City Explorers camp thanks to support from community partners such as the Sertoma Club’s Bill Senecal Scholarship Fund, Publix Super Markets Charities, Old Town Trolley Tours, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and the Barbara A. Kay Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to students by St. Johns County schools based on their academic promise and financial needs.
Entry-level wooden ship modeling camp will be offered for the first time this summer. Two sessions will be offered Monday through Friday, on July 14th and July 21st. Available for students who completed grades 5-8, the ship modeling camp will teach campers the basics of architecture and history through experts in wooden boatbuilding and archaeology.
“All of our camp programs expand upon our mission to keep alive the stories of our Nation’s Oldest Port,” said Swann. “So many of these stories are part of our heritage and passing them down will ensure that St. Augustine’s history is preserved for future generations.”
Registration is now open online at http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/camp. The cost for each week of camp is $200 for non-members and $180 for members of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. For questions or additional information, please call (904) 829-0745.