For the second straight year, the Ninety Six Historical Society has facilitated a grant from the Greenwood County Community Foundation to fund a historical summer camp at the Ninety Six National Historic Site.
Park ranger Tim Cruze said he hopes to have 35-40 kids at the camp this summer. Last summer, the camp had about 25 kids participate. The camp, which is run by Captain Sadler’s History Camp, is for rising third-graders through rising eighth-graders. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20. On Friday, campers will prepare a colonial meal for an awards program which will begin at 6 p.m.
Cruze said he hopes students in the area take advantage of the national treasure we have here in Greenwood County.
“This is a national park right in our back yard,” Cruze said. “There’s a lot of stuff here that you don’t have anywhere else in the world. We try to develop a love of history at a young age by educating and immersing the kids in the area into the rich history we have here in Ninety Six.”
Campers will participate in crafts and activities from the Revolutionary War era, including candle making, weaving, butter making and state militia drilling and marching. Friday will have the kids storming Star Fort, just like Nathanael Greene did in 1781.
“The kids really loved storming the fort last year,” said Pete Delorme, owner of Captain Sadler’s History Camp. “They had better success than Nathanael Greene did.”
Applications can be picked up at Star Fort. Thanks to the grant, there is no charge for attending the camp.