Summer camps provide a great alternative to traditional teenage activities to keep teens active, especially during the vacation period. Archaeology camps provide not only recreational but also educational opportunities for kids, since young people are naturally curious and often dream of becoming explorers of lost treasures. These camps give the teens a real overview of the archaeologists' work and can be helpful toward their choice of a future career.
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Middle School Archaeology Camp
Middle School Archaeology Camp runs for a week in June and gives teenagers the opportunity to discover the archaeology of the Four Corners area of the American Southwest. The participants help archaeologists in an excavation site, collecting artefacts. Afterward, they go to the research laboratory and learn how to sort out and identify the objects, reports Crown Canyon Archeology Center. Other activities include playing traditional American Indian games and a day tour to the Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage site.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 23390 Road K Cortez, CO 81321-9408 970-565-8975 crowcanyon.org
High School Field School
The High School Field School is an archaeology camp aimed at teenagers from 13 to 17 years of age that runs from one to three weeks during the summer. The camp is set in the Illinois River valley, one of the richest archaeological regions in the Midwest of the country, reports the Center of American Archeology. The program includes the opportunity to work alongside working archaeologists to learn how these professionals formulate their interpretation of sites from samples collected during field excavation.
High School Field School P.O. Box 366
Kampsville, IL 62053 618-653-4316
Brookside Digs! is an archaeology camp for kids from 10 to 14 years of age in the historic Village of Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York. The teenagers, called "junior archeologists," have the opportunity to explore the buried remains of the area's 218-year history for a day, with the supervision of archaeologists from Hartgen Archeological Associates.
Brookside Digs! 6 Charlston St. Ballston Spa Saratoga, NY 12020 518-885-4000 brooksidemuseum.org
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