The Harbor History Museum, in conjunction with other organizations, is creating a new day camp that center around community pride, history and sustainability.
I Am Gig Harbor is a two-day camp from children ages 7 to 12. Campers will tie nautical knots, attend the Pioneer School, learn about conservation and observe marine animals.
The camp is a partnership between the Harbor History Museum, the YCMA, the Boys and Girls Club and Harbor WildWatch.
The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 and 10; there’s an optional Saturday Show and tell at 10 a.m. on July 11. Cost is $25 for members of the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Harbor History Museum. It is $55 for non-members.
The camp was established to offer affordable access to local culture as well as summer fun, said Elizabeth Langford, education coordinator for the museum.
To kick off the camp, Harbor WildWatch will take campers to Austin Estuary and Donkey Creek to learn about the unique habitats in the harbor. It’s an adaptation of a longer field trip the organization leads in the fall.
“We really are living out our motto of ‘learn, have fun,’” said Rachel Easton, program coordinator of Harbor WildWatch.
The Boys and Girls Club will do an overview of the history of the area through interactive story telling.
For the second day of the camp, campers will transform into students from 1901 and attend the history museum’s Pioneer School program. The YMCA will finish the day with a unit about composting and garden-to-table experience.
To sign up for the camp, contact Langford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 858-6722 ext. 222.