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Naper Settlement announces new summer camp

The new Archaeology Camp at Naper Settlement offers campers a chance to learn about the science behind archaeological discoveries.

The new Archaeology Camp at Naper Settlement offers campers a chance to learn about the science behind archaeological discoveries.

What are your kids doing this summer? Are they uncovering the past as an archaeologist; searching for clues like a detective or discovering the history behind the fun while paddleboating on the quarry and riding a trolley? During Naper Settlement’s five unique, fun and educational summer camps, children in grades 1-8 can unlock the secrets of the past and present using science, technology and math. Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, is located in the heart of downtown Naperville at 523 S. Webster St.

During the newest camp, Archaeology: Uncovering the Past, kids in grades 3-6 can explore the past and how it relates to the present as they explore the field of archaeology by digging, sifting and examining artifacts, mapping locations and exploring with a GPS unit.

“Our new archaeology camp allows children to experience firsthand what it’s like to be an archaeologist, using science, technology and math,” said Learning Experiences Coordinator Jenn Edginton. “They will have an opportunity to sift through the dirt from the Joseph Naper Homestead archaeological dig and find real artifacts that might be from the founding family of Naperville.”

During Dig Day, students will use the same techniques that archaeologists used during the Naper Homestead archaeological digs in 2006 and 2007. They will help grid and map a site, then participate in a simulated dig. Using scientific techniques, campers will practice excavation, examine artifacts and learn how to work in an archeological lab.

In Secret Seekers, campers in grades 3-6 can explore behind-the-scenes places on the museum campus and at off-site locations. They will take a historic trolley ride, explore the museum’s new collections facility, take a paddleboat ride on the quarry and discover hidden places in downtown Naperville.

During the Civil War Encampment, campers in grades 6-8 can live the life of a Civil War soldier. This fun and educational experience transforms history into reality. This unique hands-on camp includes overnight camping in Fort Payne on the second day of camp with an option for a parent to join the fun.

In Treasure Hunters, each day is a different theme as campers hunt for hidden treasures from the past to the present using clues, maps, compasses, puzzles, secret codes and high-tech GPS devices. Each day is an exciting and challenging adventure – and learning experience.

Be a summer sleuth in T.H.E. Detectives – Treasure Hunters Extreme. Solve intriguing mysteries and puzzles from the past in this action-packed camp. Supplied with a detective’s notebook, magnifying glass, flashlight and GPS system, camp detectives search for clues and examine evidence during this “extreme” summer camp experience.

Secret Seekers, Treasure Hunters, T.H.E. Detectives and the Archeology Camp are five-day camps held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the fee is $190. The Civil War Encampment is held for three days, including an overnight, and is $160. For more information, visit or call (630) 420-6010.

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