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Kids Learn History During Summer Camp

Historical museum to hold fifth annual event

The Hood River County Historical Museum will hold its 5th annual Kids History Camp July 31 through Aug. 4.

The camp is open to students entering the 5th to 7th grades in the coming school year.

During Kids History Camp, students will experience local history by exploring the various ethnic cultures that helped form our community.

The theme this year is "A Travel Scrapbook." Each day will focus on a continental region, including a lunch of ethnic food from that region. The regions to be explored during camp include Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa/Australia and Native America.

Daily schedules include include museum awareness activities, memorability, souvenir passport games, crafts and food. Additionally, on the first day each student will be given a camera to use. A retired professional photographer will teach the students the art of taking travel photographs.

A midweek field trip will take the students to the Chinese Gardens in Portland, followed by lunch at an international food court. The day will conclude with ice skating at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink.

"Kids History Camp is a unique summer time activity for students to have fun while learning valuable insights into the history of our community and the world we live in. This year, we have included a field trip to Portland that we think the students will really enjoy. And, at the end of the week we will hold a photo contest from the pictures the students took during the week. This promises to be the best Kids History Camp ever," said Connie Nice, museum director.

She adds that all the activities are supervised by museum staff and volunteers.

The camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is limited to 12 students.

Cost for the week is $70. Scholarships are offered through a grant from the Hood River Cultural Trust. Scholarship application forms can be picked up at the museum and must be returned by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 23.

To register call Community Education Services, (541) 386-2055.

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