Crossroads’ Heritage Partner Summer Camp Offerings

Old Barracks Museum

Colonial Camp at the Old Barracks- July 10 – July 14 and July 17 – July 21

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Young Revolutionaries interested in spending a week in a world without YouTube
​are called to join General Washington’s ranks!
Recreating camp life on the Old Barracks parade ground, used over 200 years ago by British, Hessian, and American Soldiers

Cooking stew in the camp kitchen, as soldiers would have done while at battle
Making a rucksack, a bag soldiers used to carry their personal items
Learning popular songs and dances of the American Revolution
Marching to local historic sites, including the NJ State House and the 1719 William Trent House
Drilling to Baron von Steuben’s Manual of Arms, a real drill set used in the Revolution
Playing games that were favorites of 18th century children
Showing off all that they learned to their families during a Mustering Out Ceremony on the last afternoon of camp

All campers receive a T-Shirt to complete their Colonial Camp Uniform!
Age: 9-12 years of age

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Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum

“Archaeology Camp”- July 24- July 28

A summer archaeology camp designed to introduce children (ages 9-13) to an important chapter of local history and provide opportunities for hands-on exploration, learning and fun!  Campers will work alongside professional archaeologists in the field to find and examine cultural material left by the people who lived in the region during the colonial period and the years surrounding the American Revolution.

The week-long half day session (1 to 5 pm) for children will combine outdoor exploration, history and science with the fun of solving puzzles and searching for treasure.  Campers will work alongside professional archaeologists during an actual field study at the Vanderveer House site. They will learn to measure, plot, dig, sift, sort, wash and categorize the cultural material they find.  There will also be time for games, crafts, fun and meeting new friends.  The week will include an excursion to a nearby historic site such as Washington’s Headquarters National Historical Park and a special visit from a professional reenactor playing the role of General Henry Knox, General George Washington or African American Revolutionary soldier Ned Hector.  The camp session will conclude with a “Family Day”, at which parents and grandparents will have an opportunity to experience campers’ first-hand accounts of their unique “hands-on history lesson.”

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The Readington Museums

Monday Mornings at the Museum- July 10, 17, and 24

A hands-on summer program for kids ages 5-12 at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. At each session, the children will have a short history lesson followed by a hands on project, with a new theme offered each Monday. Programs include candle making, tin punch designs, butter making, and learning an English country dance. The cost of each session is $5.00. Pre-registration and payment prior to each session is required.

For more information and to register click here or contact the Readington Museums at 908-236-2327 or [email protected].

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Step into History Summer Camp- June 26 – June 30

One week summer camp for children ages 6 – 14.  The camp will take place at Peachfield, the 18th century farm property owned by the NSCDA-NJ in Westampton, New Jersey.  The focus of the camp experience will be historical as reflected through everyday life of children in the 18th century. Visit once again with a favorite American Revolutionary War Soldier.  Hear how this brave free black man fought side by side with General Washington.  Learn about sheep shearing, visit with chickens and pygmy goats, spin wool on an authentic spinning wheel, and cook over an open pit as Colonials did hundreds of years ago.  Hear folk tales as shared by a Lenape descendant while weaving traditional Lenape baskets.  This year we will explore how the Colonials made paint.  We’ll also be painting a picture with a professional artist.

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Montclair History Center

Farm Camp- June 26 – June 30; July 17 – July 21; July 31 – August 4; August 28 – September 1

The Montclair Community Farms, Montclair History Center, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H will be partnering for all camp sessions. Download our brochure for more details. Scholarships available for families in need can be discussed with staff.  An 8:30 am drop off time is available for all camp weeks at a $25/child fee. All camp fees are nonrefundable. For more information or registration, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H at 973-353-1337 or [email protected].

Down on the Farm: Experience farm life in suburban New Jersey.  June 26 through June 30: ages 4 to 6 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Friday pick up at 2 pm, field trip to Van Saun by bus.

Homegrown Living: Connecting to each other, the community, and the farm. July 17 through July 21: ages 6 to 9, from 9 am to 1 pm.  Friday pick up at 3 pm, field trip to Fosterfields by bus.

Back to the Future: Learning from the past to make a better future. July 31 through August 4: ages 9 to 11 from 9 am to 1 pm. Friday pick up at 4 pm, field trip to Sussex County Fair by bus. Counselor in Training opportunities are available for ages 12-16. Youth willing to serve as peer mentors while participating in camp activities are welcome to register at a half price rate.

Farm To Table: Lean to plant, harvest, share and enjoy local grown food.  August 28 through September 1: ages 7 to 11 from 9 am to 5 pm. Friday pick up at 5 pm, field trip to Rutgers 4-H Farm by bus. Counselor in Training opportunities are available for ages 12-16. Youth willing to serve as peer mentors while participating in camp activities are welcome to register at a half price rate.

Montclair Community Farms is a partnership of community organizations including the Montclair History Center, Montclair State University, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (4-H and Master Gardeners), HomeCorp, and the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services. The Montclair Community Farms is sponsored in part by Partners for Health and the USDA and families in the community.

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Howell Living History Farm

Farm Camp- July 5 – August 18

Campers will experience hands-on animal care, helping with chores, feeding, gathering eggs and more.  In the garden campers will plant, cultivate and harvest seasonal vegetables.  Each day will focus on a different farm highlight. Exploring nature is part of the fun.  Campers will search for animal tracks, exploring various habitats, and collect natural treasures. There is a time for crafts, stories, games and a hayride. Campers bring a bagged lunch and should wear sunscreen.  Snack is provided. For more information on date options for the camps and age groups contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299.  

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