Henricus Historical Park Summer Camps

341 Henricus Park Road Chester Virginia 23836 US

Join our professional staff in an interactive, educational, and fun environment. Our day camps include historical demonstrations, hands-on interactions, make-and-take craft activities, and so much more! Your kids will make memories that last a lifetime at one of Virginia’s most popular living history museums. See below for a list of the amazing camps offered this spring and summer at Henricus Historical Park.

Spring Break Camp (Ages 8 -12)

Come for a day or stay all week!

Daily themes:
April 6 – Archaeology –Grab a trowel and get ready to dig into the past!  Learn about the tools and techniques of excavation and see what you can find out about people by the things they left behind.

April 7 – Builders and Makers – How did the Powhatan Indians and English colonists get the things they needed and wanted?  Join us as we figure out how both cultures built their homes, cooked their food, made theirHome clothing, and created their other wants and needs in 17th century Virginia.

April 8 – Living Things of the James River – The James River is important to more than just fish!  Find out how we have depended upon and used the resources of the river over time.

April 9 – Sir Thomas Dale’s Colony – Do you have the grit it takes to survive martial law?  Learn about the skills, such as construction and military tactics, that it would take to succeed under military rule at Henricus fort!

April 10 – Food of the 17th Century – Come and learn what breakfast, lunch, and dinner might look like for a Powhatan Indian or an English colonist in the 17th century! 

Registration is required by April 2 by calling 804-318-8797.  Space is limited!

Dates: April 6-10
Time: 9am-4pm
Registration Deadline: April 2
Cost: $40/day per child,$36/day per child for multiple days; Henricus Members: $33/day

Camp Pocahontas (ages 6-10)

What did a Powhatan child do for fun during the 17th century?  In our re-created Powhatan settlement of Arrohateck, campers will explore the environment and life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through demonstrations, activities, and arts and crafts.  Hands-on activities include cooking, farming, archery, music and dancing, engineering, canoe scraping, fish net weaving, and pottery.  Make-and-take crafts included.  Registration required by June 18 by calling 804-318-8797.  Space is limited!

Dates: June 22-26
Time: 9am-4pm
Registration Deadline: June 18
Cost: $175/child; Henricus Patrons $155/child

*After Care Available for this Camp; $5/each day per child


James River Camp (Ages 9-12)

Discover the environmental and geological features of the historic James River as Powhatans and the Colonial settlers would have encountered it 400 years ago.   Paddle a kayak and identify how the plants and animals of the river were hunted, gathered, and used throughout history.  Understand the course changes made at Dutch Gap during the Civil War and see how it is used today.  Conduct science experiments relating to water purification.  Meet the historic peoples who lived along the banks of the James River and see how they used the river to meet their daily needs.  Registration is required by July 29 by calling (804) 318-8797.  Space is limited!

Dates: August 4-6
Time: 9am-4pm
Registration Deadline: July 29
Cost: $145/child, $135/multiple children (same family); Henricus Members: $110/child

Camp Type
Academic, Outdoors & More