Hands-on History Summer Camp

Hands-on History summer camp registration is open

Please call 303-278-3557 if you have any questions about the registration process.

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Seven camps in one location, plus new registration system!

Hands-on History summer camp is a fun-filled weeklong day camp for kids aged 6 to 12 in the beautiful Golden History Park. Campers will use their hands as much as their brains, whether in Dirty Jobs, Pioneer Kids, History Mystery, Pastimes in Times Past, Settle Down, or Art Explorers. In our revamped and ever popular Silent Stars, exclusively for older campers aged 9 to 12, kids will write, direct, and star in their own silent movie. Additional camps have been added or modified for each age group so there’s something new to discover, year after year.

Registration is in full swing with our new system, ACTIVE Network. Based on feedback from camp families, ACTIVE offers a streamlined registration form, autofill for siblings, family profiles, and a secure, mobile check in/out experience. 

Read details about the seven different themes and see the schedule of classes below.

Location and Structure

Golden History Park

Campers participate in either full-day or half-day sessions. There are two different themes each week, one each in the morning and afternoon. Kids are divided into two age groups: 6–8 and 9–11. The exception is Silent Stars which includes 12-year-olds. There will be an average ratio of one teacher for every ten students or less.

HOH’s “home base” will be the Golden History Park along 11th Street between Arapahoe and Illinois Streets in downtown Golden. For activities, campers and instructors may also travel throughout downtown Golden and to Golden History Museum.

Camp Themes

Read the complete theme descriptions here.


Dirty Jobs Pioneer Kids History Mystery Art Explorers
Silent Stars Pastimes in Times Past Settle Down

2019 Schedule



Drop-off and pick-up times

Morning drop-off: Between 8:30 and 9:00

Afternoon drop off/pick up and supervised lunch break: Between 12:00 and 1:00. Full-day campers will eat lunch while half-day campers are picked up or dropped off by parents. All campers are welcome to stay to eat lunch, brought from home.

Evening pick-up: Between 4:00 and 4:30

Rates and Discounts

Member half-day: $149; full-day: $298.

Non-member half-day: $165; full-day: $330

To receive the member price you must have a current Household level (or higher) membership.

Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to children with a demonstrated interest in history. Scholarships can be for either full- or half-day camps. Download the application here. This is for both the Gregory Family Scholarship and Friends of Golden History Museum Scholarship.

 

Registration was easy – I like the new system! (Especially the auto-populate feature for the second child I was enrolling – really nice not to have to type all that info in again.)

Tricia H.

Parent

They had a blast and enjoyed working with their hands. They got a better sense of how we lived before electricity. Also, they made friends – such a friendly staff and they promoted kids being kind to each other, too.

Parent

My child especially loved silent Stars and felt so proud of their finished product and how involved they got to be.

Parent

They benefited from social interactions with new friends and learned about various trades and life in other times. They also benefited from excellent, caring support of volunteers/staff.

Parent

He loved all the activities and overall said this was his favorite camp of the summer.

Parent

My son was so jazzed every day, exploring his own back yard through new eyes.

Parent

A week of fun, new friends and the desire to return again next year.

Parent

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