Travel through history with us this summer at the FREE New Castle History Summer Camp! Discover how Native Americans used the land, explore colonial kitchen gardens, and weigh in as a juror on the momentous Thomas Garrett Trial. At the end of each day you’ll test your skills as a historian by researching, and designing a creative group project that will be presented to friends and family at the New Castle Public Library.

Photo of the New Castle Court House Museum
New Castle Court House Museum, one of the participating organizations in the New Castle History Camp.

This camp is 100% FREE! Advanced registration is required for all campers.

The camp is being held from July 25 to 29, 2022! Registered campers will need to be dropped off no earlier than 8:30 a.m. at the New Castle Court House Museum located at 211 Delaware St., and picked up no later than 12:30 p.m. from the New Castle Public Library located at 424 Delaware St. Additional information will be provided in the registration packets.

Youth ages 10-13.

Upon check-in your camper will be given a name tag with their name. Each morning will start with a brief welcome, a quick ice-breaker and an overview of the day so the campers know what to expect. Below is a list of the activities they will be participating in through out the week along with what organization they will be interacting with.

Activity NameDescriptionPresenting Organization
How the Native Americans LivedCampers will compare and contrast how native tribes lived and used the land compared to the way we live today. Students will also learn how the native tribes made tools from their natural resources.New Castle Court House Museum
The Three Forts of New CastleCampers will learn about the three European nations that settled in Delaware and how they contributed to development of the new world.New Castle Court House Museum
Patterns and Art in ArchitectureCampers will find common shapes in architecture; learn how shapes help distribute load/weight in architecture; learn how teamwork and collaboration allows for more effective work to be accomplished.First State National Historical Park
Tech with HistoryCampers will discover how history remains relevant to modern day and how to use technology to gain a better understanding of historical events.New Castle Public Library
Early Settlement of the Dutch & SwedesCampers will learn about ocean voyages to the new world in the 17th century and how settlers survived when they arrived.New Castle Court House Museum
The Colonial Kitchen GardenCampers will explore the types of plants that were used by early settlers to feed and heal themselves. They will also learn the basics of gardening and plant care.New Castle Historical Society
Founding the StateCampers will understand the history of our early government starting from the time of William Penn to the creation of the Delaware State.New Castle Court House Museum
What would you take with you on the Underground RailroadCampers will understand the hardships for a runaway, difficulty obtain resources, shelter, food and help. Determine what survival skills are needed.New Castle Court House Museum
Thomas Garrett TrialCampers will explore how civil rights secured political freedom while property right secured economic freedom and the importance of both.New Castle Court House Museum
Untold StoriesCampers will learn more about themselves and will identify their bias, assumptions and blindspots in understanding or appreciating other cultures; and understand more about the lesser-told stories and difficult history the National Park Service preserves and protects across its more than 400 national park units.First State National Historical Park
History Detectives: The Great Exhibition Design ChallengeCampers will discover how museum professionals and academic historians employ material culture perspectives to draw meaningful narrative from historical artifacts and documents. They will also learn about potential career paths in the museum field.Delaware Historical Society, Read House & Gardens
Walking Tour of NC GreenCampers will create an understanding of basic architectural styles and terminology as well as how to identify a building’s use – both past and present.New Castle Historical Society

At the end of each day, campers will test their new knowledge and skills as historians by researching, and designing a creative group project. Which will be fabricating a timeline.

Use your imagination to create your own project.

At the end of the week, the campers will present their final project to their co-campers, counselors and families.

Email the Lead Interpreter at the New Castle Court House Museum, Juliette Wurm with the following information:

  • Number of children you are registering.
  • If you would like to schedule a phone call to discuss any questions or concerns.

After emailing this information, you will receive a registration form that you must complete and return. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as spots will be limited to the first 25 participants and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will close June 30, 2022 at midnight or when there are no longer any openings, which ever happens first.

This program would not have been possible without the amazing participating organizations, listed below, who have donated their staff and time to this camp. Thank you to everyone who has donated their time, energy, and expertise into creating this program.