Summer Camps

For over fifteen years, the Cumberland County Historical Society has offered students the opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on experiences through the Adventures in History Summer Camps. Each summer two themed camps are held. Our Elementary camp is for those who are entering fourth, fifth or sixth grades. The Advanced camp is for those entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades. The camps are on a three year rotation so that no camper will ever have the same camp twice. These themes follow a chronology.

Registration for the 2017 Adventures in History Camps are now closed. Thank you to all the campers who made this year’s camp such a great experience. Check back in early 2018 for information on next year’s camps.

This year’s camp included:


Adventures in History Camp: Native Americans Of The Eastern Woodlands

The Cumberland County Historical Society’s annual one-week summer camps will feature the culture and events surrounding Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands.  Through hands-on interaction with historic crafts, games, food, music, and clothing we will explore the lifeways of Central Pennsylvania’s earliest inhabitants.  Campers will have the opportunity to wear deer hide clothing, participate in archery, do face and body painting, learn hunting techniques, make and play native games, create Woodland handicrafts, cook using corn recipes, and make fire with a bow drill.

Eligibility: Children entering 4th, 5th, & 6th grades in the fall of 2017
Dates: June 19-23 (Full) or June 26-30 (Full)
Member fee: $105 – Non-member fee: $150 (See bottom of page for membership information)
History Camps are held at the Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, 9 AM to 12 PM.


Advanced Adventures in History Camp: World War II and the 1940s in Cumberland County

Have you ever wondered what life was like during World War II? Using historic crafts, games, food, music, dance, and clothing we will explore civilian and military aspects of the war. Beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, campers will go through “boot camp” with military personnel. Each camper will dress in period military and civilian clothing, paint on nylon stockings, learn how weapons of the period worked, work in a war factory, and experience the difficulties of rationing and civil defense. From bombing runs and military dodge ball to baking cakes without sugar and scrap drives, this camp has something for everyone.

Eligibility: Children entering 7th, 8th, & 9th grades in the fall of 2017
Date: July 17-21 (Full)
History Camps are held at the Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, 9 AM to 12 PM.
Member fee: $105 – Non-member fee: $150(See bottom of page for membership information)

For more information call CCHS Education Curator Matthew March at 717-249- 7610.

Membership Information:

Family ($45)– A great level for two person households or families. Includes use of Archives and Library for two, with one extra pass, a copy of CCHS’ program brochure, annual report and special event and program mailings, a copy of our Cumberland County History Journal, 10% discount on gift shop purchases and discounted Society trips, events & programs. Join Now

G.B. Stuart History Workshop ($15)- A great way for families with children under 18 living in the household to support CCHS. Provides its own unique set of perks including CCHS mailings, discounts for our History Workshop Labs, home-school programs, and summer camps. Join Now

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