Colonial Camp

On Tuesday, a colonial camp field trip company visited us.  The three guides camped out on the Lion's Club Park grounds on Monday night and had the tents and stations ready for us first thing Tuesday morning.  It was a cold day, but we were so excited to experience Colonial Days hands-on.

The guides, dressed in period clothing, began with a brief overview of the colonial time period, which covers a broad span of years, if you know your history.  But the kids were all ears.  Afterwards, the students were divided into groups so that they could rotate stations.

The first station my group attended was the "Trading Post & Dress Up."  The kids had fun placing all those different layers of clothing the colonial people wore even though they had to place them on top of the clothes and jackets they were already wearing.  I think they were kind of glad because it was so cold.  While dressed in the attire, the kids then went to the trading post to purchase souvenirs if they wanted.

For station two, they made their own beeswax candles.  Dip.  Walk.  Dip.  Walk.  Dip.  Walk.  If you've been made to do this, you know.  I remember this activity when I was a 5th grader.  We walked around that classroom table a bizillion times before we got descent size candles, but it was worth it because you made it.  And that's how the kids felt.  "Are you going to burn it?"  the guide asked.  "No!  We're saving it," they all said.

At station three, the students made their own hoecakes.  Some of you may refer to it as johnny cakes.  They took turns kneading the dough, making their own piece of bread, and frying it over the fire.  By then it had gotten so cold that I did something I never do.  I tasted one of those cakes.  Yes, even with all those hands on it.  I figured the fire killed whatever germs were there.  Later I found out that the guides washed the utensils in the pond water and that the spatula had fallen on the ground a bunch of times.  Oh, well.  It was good.  Especially with the strawberry jam.

By the time we reached station four, my feet were frozen and it was snowing.  But the guides kept us going.  The kids were able to practice tomahawk throwing.  I think some of them thought if they made good throws we would go home early, but not so...on to station five!

Station five was Indian Games.  The kids played a game similar to tag football.  I even participated because I wanted to get some kind of circulation going.  You should have seen me running around and yelling.  But why do students always try to get the teacher out first?

On the way to station six, we were rescued.  The bus came and got us early because the school was dismissing early.  We gathered the supplies for stations seven and eight which were bracelet making and quill and ink, thanked the guides and headed out of there.

It was definitely a trip worth repeating next year.  As one guide said, "There's nothing wrong with the weather; you just have to prepare for it!"  We were definitely unprepared, but he wasn't.  Check out those wool socks!

Just a few more pictures:


  1. Thanks for sharing Libby! The girls thought it was very cool. It's very important for the kids to know where we have come from and how differently those before us lived. Em is learning about the start of our country in her history lessons right now. It's so cool to see her little mind working to try to picture how things were back then. Monday night we even watched a program on PBS about G. Washington and his troops and everything they endured during the winter of 1779. Awful. But thank goodness they didn't give up. Where would we be now.

    Have a wonderful week dear!

  2. Wow Libby, the first thing I thought about when I saw this post was Daniel Boone. LOL!!! I'm glad that the kids enjoyed themselves in the cold weather. Great captures.


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