WEEK 10 CAMPERS EXPLORE THE RIVER AND DENVER HISTORY
Have you ever traveled through time? SPREE summer campers have! We spent our tenth week of summer camp exploring the history of Denver. First we learned about the Native Americans that lived here and their many skills. We made animal masks for hunting as well as rain sticks. We learned some of the games Native American children would play and even tried our hands at weaving.
Campers at the Cherry Creek Train visited the History Colorado Center while a museum representative from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science visited the Johnson Habitat Park location. It was fun to see a life-size tipi and compare our lifestyles today to those of the Native Americans.
Later in the week, we practiced gold panning just like the prospectors who first came to Colorado. We worked hard to come up with a packing list for our wagons that wouldn’t be too burdensome and then practiced setting up a camp and even washing clothes in the river.
We also searched for critters in the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, did fun crafts during free time, and received Chompers trading cards at our special graduation ceremony.