The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again provide a hands-on, 1860s-style summer camp experience for children ages 6 to 12. The Calicos and Cadets program will be offered in three unique sessions: “Medicine and the Mini Ball,” Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 11, “From Home Front to Haversack,” Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 18 and “Walking in their Footsteps,” Friday, July 15 through Saturday, July 16
“Calicos and Cadets is an exciting opportunity to engage young historians,” said Angell Wallace, education coordinator at The Battle of Franklin Trust. “For two days, we bring the history books to life and teach campers about the Civil War era with crafts, demonstrations, excursions, contests and more. It’s a fun alternative to traditional summer camps.”
The stories of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation tell not only the fateful story of the Battle of Franklin, but also demonstrate how the war changed the lives of everyday people. At all three sessions, children will learn the basics of 1860s life – from the significance of the war to how it affected civilians, soldiers and children. Featured activities include a scavenger hunt through the historic garden at Carnton, viewing actual artillery shells and the bullets used during the war and a visit from a Union and Confederate reenactor.
“Educational activities for children such as Calicos and Cadets are an important aspect of our programming,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “We strive to provide memorable and effective ways for younger generations to learn about this pivotal era of our country’s history.”
Both sessions will run daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will take place at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Advance registration is required. The cost is $100 per child for each two-day session.
For information or to register, visit www.boft.org or contact Angell Wallace at [email protected] The required health and permission forms are also available on The Battle of Franklin Trust’s website.
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