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Bloom-Vernon 21st CCLC (After School Mall)
4168 Turkey Foot Road
Wheelersburg, OH 45682
Elementary, middle school, and some high school students participated in the overnight Colonial Camp Out that the afterschool program held at the elementary school grounds. This activity was one of many that we had during the 2002–03 school year as part of the "Thank you, America" theme. The activity involved dressing in colonial costumes, eating colonial food, camping overnight and many other activities designed to give students a taste of colonial life.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: Two hundred plus
Duration of Activity: One day and night
What is the academic content of this activity?
Students of all ages study colonial traditions, games, clothing, foods, and daily living. The sewing classes of the afterschool program create costumes, the art and shop classes make wooden rifles for the militia. Traditional songs are sung around the campfire. The cooking classes prepare foods traditional to colonial days. Lessons are given on how to set up tents, and campfire safety is discussed many times before the actual campout.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Many community members became involved in this activity. There were donations of straw (for seats around the campfire), and one man in the community provided a wagon ride pulled by his team of mules. Mr. Timms from Rio Grande college (also played Daniel Boone on the Discovery Channel) came and showed the proper way to load a muzzle loader, helped form the militia, and told stories around the campfire. One of the teachers brought her guitar and sang songs with small groups. Barbara Trube from Shawnee State College came and taught colonial dancing. About two hundred students stayed all night, but many members of the community and other students came for part of the activities. Mr. Timms also did demonstrations of the proper way to put up a tent and direction to have protection from the weather.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
All students were involved in all the planning, research, and preparation for the camp-out. Even the little children were allowed to come, but not to stay all night. The children also had to plan what clothing and bedding they had to bring to stay all night. The cooking class had to research to decide what to prepare for the participants to eat. They also had to learn about safety procedures to cook over the campfire rather than in a modern kitchen.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
The students learned how to contact community members about donations and participation in the camp-out. The older students prepared costumes and helped the younger children plan their costumes. The older students put up the tents. The older students also helped with games for the younger students.