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History can be fun at camp, kids can be Civil War soldiers at historical society camp

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Instead of spending the summer playing video games or watching television, youngsters can spend their time living in the past, at one of the summer camps offered by the Osceola County Historical Society.
The 2014 summer camp program actually started back in June, but there is still time to sign up for camps that involve the Civil War, as well as the history of Osceola County legends.
Civil War camp will be held July 21-25. Campers enter the world of a Civil War soldier.  As a newly enlisted private, youngsters will shoulder a musket, don a uniform, and march off to a new adventure and Survivor Osceola.
The summer camp season concludes with History’s Mysteries, Aug. 4-8.  This camp is all about mysteries of the past.  Campers will get to  unravel some of Osceola County’s oldest legends.  From fabled monsters to buried gold, the camp goes back in time  engage campers in Osceola’s exciting history.
Earlier camps this summer included Diggin Up History, where campers embarked on an adventure to discover Florida’s ancient past by learning archaeological techniques and digging up artifacts and Survivor Osceola, where kids went back in  time and lived like the Seminoles and early  pioneers.  Camps usually are repeated each summer, so there is a good chance for getting an opportunity to participate in one of those camps next year.
Summer camps  run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, for youngsters in first through eighth grade. The first child is $130, additional children are $100 each week. Discounts are available for Osceola County Historical members.
OCHS Summer Camps are set for specific weeks (dates below) during the summer and run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily for kids 1st through eighth grade. The first child is $130, additional children are $100/week and discounts are available for OCHS Members.
For more information on how to register, to
If your kids are not  the outdoors type, the Osceola Center for the Arts is also sponsoring its annual summer art program
for youngsters.
The Contemporary Art Camp offers pop, folk, mixed media and more. No experience is  necessary, just a desire to unlock that hidden artistic talent.
The camp meets daily, July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tuition is $115 and it is geared toward ages 7-14.
Once Upon a Time on Broadway explores the pages of books and how literary favorites have been adapted for the stage.
The summer activity brings favorite characters to life as youngsters sing, dance and act scenes from Broadway shows such as Matilda, Seussical and A Year with Frog and Toad. The camp is held July 28-Aug. 9  and meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tuition is $225 and it is for ages 7-14.
Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass introduces youngsters to string instruments. No previous experience required. The camp meets July 14-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tuition is $225 and it is for ages 7-14.
Go Fish is for kindergarten children and a bit older. Youngsters will explore the world of a seven-legged octopus, a blowfish with allergies and a tuna that can’t carry a tune. Join in the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique collection of friends discover how their differences make them each special. Songs include: Oceans Of Fun!, We’re Sharks!, Commotion In The Ocean, Roundup Under The Sea, and The Colors Of The Sea.
The camp is held Aug. 20-Oct. 12, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuition is $150.
A Year with Frog and Toad Kids tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
The camp is held 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurdays, Aug. 20-Dec. 7. Geared toward ages 8-11, the tuition is $225.
Finally, youngsters can Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s  The Little Mermaid Jr., adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world  above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
The camp is held Aug. 20-Dec. 21 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuition is $225 and it is for ages 12-15.
Extended  care also available at the center.
For more information on the art center programs call 407-846-6257.