Clinton Historical Society to host summer camp for kids in August

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CLINTON — From archaeological digs to learning about pottery and taking nature walks, children can have their hands full of fun and learning during the Clinton Historical Society History Camp to be held the week of Aug. 5-9.

Cost per child is $12 for the week, but scholarships are available. To sign up, visit the historical society at 1 Fountain St., call 315-859-1392, or go to the organization’s website at www.clintonhistory.org.

Each day of camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon and every camper receives a T-shirt, said CHS President and camp facilitator Wade Lallier. The camp is for kids in third to sixth grades.

“We plan on going to Clinton Fire Department, where they have vintage fire equipment,” Lallier said. “We have a day where an archaeologist from Utica College will come and do a dig here behind the building. You’d be surprised, we find some amazing things here.”

Kids will also visit Root Glen, the nature walking trail located on the campus of Hamilton College. And at Kirkland Town Library, campers will learn about the history of the town library, as well as the history of libraries in general, Lallier said.

“We’re trying to make camp bigger and better every year,” the president said.

“We try to change it up and do something different so the kids who were in third grade last year can come back and have something new to do. We want to keep it fresh.”

Kids have until the first day of camp to sign up.

“They can show up on the first day of camp and as long as they have their $12 and sign the permission slip, they’re set to go,” Lallier said. “We usually average about 20 kids each year, and we’re hoping for more.”

The last day of camp will feature an ice cream social.

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