<p dir=”ltr”>Take a moment to rewind back time when media traveled by horseback, and printing papers took 10 times as long. The American West Heritage center gives life to these musings through the camp <em>Extra Extra Read All About It</em>. With two sessions, one for 4th-6th grade, and the other for 1st-3rd grade, the camp focuses on the history of media and transportation of that media.</p><p dir=”ltr”>Students learn about the printing press, and are even able to see pieces of it including the stamps used. Additionally, they learn about the Pony Express. During certain points of the week campers get to ride ponies at the center, and take a train ride. Center to it all, however, is using your imagination to write or draw pictures depending on the age.</p><p dir=”ltr”>Karen Larson, Education Manager and Volunteer Manager, creates the guidelines for the campers and leaders to follow. The leaders must make the camps education based. Paige Meszaros, leader of the 1st-3rd grade camp, appreciated this challenge.</p><p dir=”ltr”>“We aren’t given a whole lot of structure, which I like. It’s just make sure the kids are busy that they have fun, that they’re learning and after that you get to plan the day however you want.”</p><p dir=”ltr”>Meszaros felt this freedom was very important. She explained that it allowed the days to be partially driven by the campers. While certain activities stayed the same, campers could create an activity they wanted to do. For example, one of the days they created puppets and then had a puppet show.</p><p dir=”ltr”>This camp extends beyond it’s unique theme. Larson explained, “It’s where we are located. Being on the sites: the pioneer site, the mountain man site, our living history farm that makes us unique. As a summer camp setting, we have the animals, we have the equipment. It’s hands on.</p><p dir=”ltr”>According to Larson, there are many takeaways from the camp including learning some Cache Valley history and getting out of video games to use their imagination, but she hopes they accomplish something more.</p><p dir=”ltr”>“I want [them] to have an adventure and a story to tell.”</p><p dir=”ltr”>To enroll, visit or simply learn more about the American West Heritage Center visit www.awhc.org.</p>
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