History 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. 

Two camps are held each summer. Our Elementary camp Adventures in History is for students who are entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grades.  The Advanced camp Advanced Adventures in History is for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades.

Camps are on a three-year rotation, so no camper will ever have the same camp twice. Camp themes follow a chronology.  

Adventures in History Camp

Colonial Period and the American Revolution

Come explore the role of European colonists in early settlement and the American Revolution.  Campers will explore the challenges of colonial life through baking homemade bread and churning butter, starting a fire with flint and steel, and making paper.  Loyalists will be put in stocks and there will be a black powder rifle demonstration cartridge making, and a symbolic effigy of King George to get us in the mood for revolution.  A large selection of period clothing will provide the opportunity for all campers to suit up as frontier folk, trades people, politicians, farmers, and soldiers.

Eligibility: Children entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the fall of 2022 may attend.

Dates: June 13th (Closed) through 17th or June 20th through June 24th(Closed)

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Place: Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom RD, Carlisle

Price: CCHS member/$105 per camper; non-member/$165 per camper

Advanced Adventures in History

Rock and Roll and Vietnam: Life in the 1950s and 1960s

Following victory in World War II, the 1950s were filled with promise and hope.  The population surged with the baby boom and prosperity enabled a teen culture to emerge.  But by the mid-1960s change was in the air as the nation sought to redefine itself.  Beginning with the era of soda shops and Elvis Presley this camp will explore life in the 50s and 60s.  Start by getting dressed in a “poodle skirt” or having your hair slicked into a ducktail and finish in the ultra-modern clothes of the 1960s.  Come have a “groovy” time with crafts and games, cowboy shoot-outs, baby boom races, and rocket launches.  Soda shops, hula hoops, tunnel rats, body painting, trip wires, and a peace rally are all part of the experience.

Eligibility: Children entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall of 2022 may attend.

Dates: (Closed) July 11th through July 15th

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Place: Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom RD, Carlisle

Price: CCHS member/$105 per camper; non-member/$165 per camper

Adventures In History 21+ Summer Camp Sampler

No more wishing that you could do what the kids do! CCHS continues its one-day summer camp for adults. 20th Century Theme.

Event description

Date: August 20, 10AM – 3PM

Cost: $75, limited to 10 participants

Must be 21 years of age.

Register Here.

For more information, contact Matthew March, Education Director, at 717-249-7610.

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