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  • Doing History Youth CampDoing History Youth Camp

    Doing History Youth Camp

    The Texas Historical Commission, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and Austin Independent School District are pleased to offer a summer camp program for rising 4th-7th graders focusing on Texas history and historic preservation content. 

    The camp includes a daily field trip, creative content experiences, oral history collection, a community-based service event, and the option for extended afternoon activities. The goal of the camp is to encourage student engagement in historic preservation opportunities and to provide TEKS-aligned learning experiences related to Texas history, all while having good ol' camp fun! The camp is led by trained teachers, education specialists, and field experts and features a small student/adult ratio. Student scholarships are available.

    Camp days will begin with parent/guardian drop-off at O. Henry Middle School in Central Austin. Sessions start at 8:30am and include a morning field trip, learning activities at the school in the afternoon, and parent/guardian student pick-up from O. Henry at 3:30pm, or 5:30pm for extended day.

    Doing History 2019 Summer Camp Dates and Details: 

    Week 1: June 3-June 7, 2019 (O. Henry Middle School)
    Camp Fee (M-F, 8:30AM-3:30PM): $50.00
    Camp Fee Extended Day (M-F, 8:30AM-5:30PM): $65.00

    Week 2: June 10-June 14 (O. Henry Middle School)
    Camp Fee (M-F, 8:30AM-3:30PM): $50.00
    Camp Fee Extended Day (M-F, 8:30AM-5:30PM): $65.00

    Week 1 and 2: June 3-June 14 (curriculum is different for each week of camp)
    Camp Fee (M-F, 8:30AM-3:30PM): $100.00
    Camp Fee Extended Day (M-F, 8:30AM-5:30PM): $130.00

    The deadline for applications is now closed!

    Step 1. Parent/Guardian and student will need to complete the student application form found here.
    Step 2. School administrator/teacher/counselor will need to complete and submit the application form found here.
    Step 3. Parents will be notified by email when the student's application is approved for the 2019 camp, at which point payment will be due (payment link will be provided, or may be submitted by check)
    Step 4. Download and complete release forms: General Legal Release and Medical Release forms. You must turn in these signed forms on the first day of camp.

    Note: Camp space is limited, and completion of the application doesn’t guarantee you a place. However, we’ll make sure to get back to you quickly regarding your status. Thanks, and looking forward to seeing you!