Summer History Camp


Campers take Capture the Flag very seriously at camp, just like these defenders above!  Photo provided by: Chadds Ford Live


Camp Registration form for 2016 (.doc) Format: SHC 16 Registration

Camp Registration form for 2016 (.pdf) Format: SHC 16 Registration

*Please note that the $25.00 non-refundable fee is included in the $200 overall cost. Checks should be made out in the amount of $200.00 ($300.00 for extended day campers) and not $225.00 (or $325.00). Thank you!

“Extended Day Campers”

It will be an additional $100 for the week and will allow your registered camper to continue his or her day of activities until 4pm! *The camper must be registered for that week and can’t sign up only for afternoon hours. Enrollment must meet with a minimum of 12 campers for that week to be eligible for “Extended Day Campers.”

What to Bring and Wear:
Dress comfortably! Hats, hiking boots, and insect repellent are all highly recommended. Please feel free to wear your own period clothing. Due to the heat and constant physical activity during camp, we recommend that all campers bring a water bottle in addition to their lunch beverage.

What if it Rains?
Camp takes place rain or shine! In case of rain, please send appropriate rain gear with your camper. Unless we encounter severe weather, we will spend much of rainy day weather working on projects under the camp tent, but also might venture out in the light rain.

Daily Schedule:
Please drop off your camper promptly at 9 am at the visitors center parking lot. Campers should bring a bag lunch. Please make every effort to pick up your camper promptly at 1 pm. If campers are not picked up on time, a fee may be charged to compensate for the camp staff’s time. If there is an emergency situation, please contact us at (610) 459.3342 as soon as possible and we will do everything we can to assist you.

What is a Week of camp like?

Each day of camp is dedicated to a different aspect of the American Revolution. On top of everyday activities such as Capture the Flag and other fun games and lessons, the camper can expect to learn about a concept of the American Revolution and participate in an activity designed to bolster each lesson. Here is a basic schedule of lessons taught:

Monday: Soldier life and dress: Campers learn about the life of an average Continental and British soldier, the gear they carried and the struggles endured.

Tuesday: Muskets and Weaponry in the Revolution**: Campers will learn about the musket and the science behind it.

Wednesday: Artillery**: Campers learn all about the big guns in the American Revolution and what it took to be a member of a cannon crew. Teamwork and other lessons are emphasized during the lesson and campers will have the opportunity to act out a role in the cannon crew using reproductions of the same tools they used back then.

Thursday: 18th Century Food: This is the day everyone loves! The Camp Director and members of the staff cook a large feast for the campers using a large (roped off) fire pit and period equipment. The feast includes food from the period and reflect exact styles of cooking and recipes. Some of the food served includes: Beef, Pork, Duck, Bubbles and Squeak, Sugared Beets, Green Beans, Fruits, Vegetables, Gingerbread, Shortbread, and of course, Ice cream that the campers will help make! Parents, this is a day you are invited to and do not want to miss!

Friday: 18th Century Medicine: Campers will learn all about medical practices in the American Revolution by getting to see the exact tools that were used. They learn the change in technology and how old practices reflect in today’s medical world.

Campers will also receive a guided House Tour of George Washington’s Headquarters (Benjamin Ring House), take a tour in the museum to watch our film on the battle, and learn about the important art of the Blacksmith in our on site/working Blacksmith shop, on top of many other things!

**No campers will be firing muskets or cannons. If a musket is fired, it will be in a controlled, roped off safety area and will be conducted by a trainedcertified, and registered PHMC Black Powder Safety Officer. No cannons will be fired either as cannon firing is prohibited at Brandywine Battlefield Park. Every lesson is taught by using reproduction items and campers will be given wooden, non-firing dummy guns to play with during Capture the Flag.


“Mr. D”, the Summer Camp Director of over 15 years, teaches the campers about food and cooking in the 18th century during one of our highly regarded Thursday “Feast” days. Photo provided by: Chadds Ford Live

Additional Information:
Payment information (Tentative) :  The cost per week, per camper is $200 ($180 for Brandywine Battlefield Park Associate members (see below for membership information). Camp fee includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. Camp weeks are limited to twenty-five campers, so please register early!!
Membership information: Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates is a support organization for the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site. In addition to summer history camp, the friends run special programs, annual education events, school tours, and programs. Membership is renewed annually, and entitles members to many benefits. In addition to a 10% discount on each week of camp, members receive free admission to the Park for tours, reduced admission to certain special events, and “The Brandywine Dispatch” newsletter. See the membership link on this site for more information.

Camp Schedule

Week 1    June 27-July 1          Grades 4-6*

Week 2    July 5- July 8,           Grades 6-8*

Week 3    July 11- July 15,       Grades K-3*

Week 4    July 18- July 22,       Grades 4-6*

Week 5    July 25- July 29,       Grades K-3*

Week 6    Aug. 1- Aug. 5          Grades 4-6*

Week 7    Aug 8- Aug. 12,        Grades K-3*

*Grades Completed

The Camp Staff thanks you for your cooperation!

Additional questions or inqueries can be sent to:

Andrew Outten/ Director of Education & Museum Services “Summer Camp”