Children Ages 6-12
Take a trip back in time and learn about Life in the 1800s. In this new camp, children will discover the differences between today’s modern conveniences and the ways of life from 200 years ago. Campers will discover historic toys and games, food, homesteads, and much more.
Camp will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9am-12pm. Camp meets at Rock Springs Nature Center in the Rodney Washburn Classroom. Some time may be spent outdoors. A fee of $20/camper each Wednesday covers all supplies, activities, and a mid-morning snack. Pick and choose which weeks to come, or attend all seven from June 14 through July 26.
Space is limited to 12 campers each Wednesday and camp activities are subject to change.
2023 History Weekly Camps
What was life like before cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, and smartphones? Discover a simpler way of life as we learn how people in the 1800s lived their lives, and take a step into their shoes.
Getting a quick bite to eat wasn’t as simple as driving through a fast-food restaurant in 1860! Learn how people sourced, stored, and prepared their food, then try your hand at making ice cream, butter, and popcorn.
Trip to the Oglesby Mansion
A friend of Abraham Lincoln, Richard James Oglesby was governor of Illinois three times in the 1800s, as well as a general in the Civil War. Explore his life by visiting his home in downtown Decatur.
Trip to the Macon County History Museum
How has Macon County changed over the last 200 years? Take a tour of the Macon County History Museum to see exhibits and interesting memorabilia from the last couple of millennia.
Trip to Sand Creek Conservation Area
Learn about wild, edible foods and the interesting link to historic transportation at Sand Creek Conservation Area in Decatur.
How did people navigate before GPS existed? Learn about different navigational methods, then use a map and compass to find your way around.
Vintage Toys and Games
Recreation looked a bit different 200 years ago than it does today! Experience some toys and games of the past, then learn how to play baseball – 1860s style.
Need more information? Call (217) 423-7708 or visit the Camps page.