History Camp

All Aboard! Registration is underway for our VIRTUAL SUMMER HISTORY CAMPS. Thanks to generous donors, the camps are FREE.

Our camp theme will be “The History of Transportation in Northwest Arkansas,” with a focus on railroads, resorts, roads, and air travel.

Hauling coal through Fayetteville on the Frisco Railroad, 1940.

Hauling coal through Fayetteville on the Frisco Railroad, 1940. William Carl Smith, photographer. Ada Lee Shook Collection (S-98-85-1848)

Hauling coal through Fayetteville on the Frisco Railroad, 1940.

Hauling coal through Fayetteville on the Frisco Railroad, 1940. William Carl Smith, photographer. Ada Lee Shook Collection (S-98-85-1848)

All Aboard! Registration is underway for our VIRTUAL SUMMER HISTORY CAMPS. Thanks to generous donors, the camps are FREE.

Our camp theme will be “The History of Transportation in Northwest Arkansas,” with a focus on railroads, resorts, roads, and air travel.

How will virtual camp work?

Registration
♦ Fill out and download the registration form and email a copy or photo to jcostello@springdalear.gov.

In order to receive a box of craft supplies, campers must be preregistered by June 5 for Camp 1 and by July 3 or whenever supplies run out for Camp 2. We can mail the boxes anywhere in the U.S. or they can be picked up at the museum.

♦ After the registration deadline, campers may still pre-register but they will not receive a box of craft supplies unless it can be picked up at the museum by the Thursday before camp starts.

♦ Zoom sessions will be limited to pre-registered campers.

How museum education staff will communicate with campers in real time

Zoom allows campers to see our PowerPoint presentations on their computer screens while hearing us talk.

Facebook Live allows:
♦ museum education staff to host & conduct interviews & virtual visits
♦ partnering with other organizations and institutions
♦ campers to use emojis to answer yes/no questions with their mouse and to easily post questions/comments online
♦ events to be open to the public
♦ broadcast recording so that campers may watch again or at a later time with a parent

Other ways museum education staff will communicate with campers

As in the past, each camp will have a closed Facebook group, open only to those registered for camp, on which we can post photos and announcements. We will be available through email or by telephone as well.

FAQ

Will my camper be sitting in front of a screen the entire scheduled time?
No. While one part of camp will be in front of a screen, screen time will be kept to a minimum. Museum education staff will introduce crafts and other activities, then take a break while campers work on what was presented. We’ll introduce physical activities and take a break while campers complete the challenge. We’ll pause for campers to take a bathroom, snack, or lunch break.

How will campers feel connected to other campers?
♦ Museum education staff will communicate with campers as much as possible or as allowed by parents/guardians.

♦ Unless a camper opts out of the Zoom meetings, we’ll be able to share audio and video of campers during presentations. For security, campers may opt to put a generic picture in front of their camera for the Zoom meetings.

♦ Facebook Live broadcasts allow campers to post emojis and ask questions.

♦ We’ll complete Kahoot! and other challenges simultaneously and declare winners.

♦ After breaks, campers may post photos of their work or report results of challenges in our closed Facebook group.

What if I’m not home during the camp hours? Or what if I don’t use Facebook?
Most broadcasts will be recorded and may be watched at a later time, probably on YouTube. Parents/guardians may watch with their campers when it’s convenient.

Will I need to supervise my camper during camp hours?
Museum staff cannot be present in your home. We don’t recommend and cannot be responsible if you leave your camper alone under our virtual supervision. Some activities may include going outside, cooking, or using scissors/hammers/etc. A schedule will be provided at registration so that you’ll know what museum staff will recommend for your camper to do at set times during camp.

What if social distancing guidelines are relaxed by June/July?
This year’s camp will be virtual regardless of social distancing guidelines.