Fort Frederick State Park Invites Youth To Become Junior Historical Rangers This Summer
BIG POOL — Fort Frederick State Park invites parents to enroll their children in its Historic Junior Ranger Program. Registration is now open for this affordable summer program offering children aged 9 to 12 years old the opportunity to experience history in a hands-on environment.
“Spending time outdoors while learning how day-to-day life at Fort Frederick functioned 250 years ago, offers children an excellent opportunity to connect with nature and learn about their ancestors,” said Steve Robertson, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.
The Historic Junior Ranger Program includes 10 sessions, held twice a week for five weeks, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon beginning June 25. Each session is devoted to an activity related to Colonial American life, and will culminate with an overnight stay in the barracks at Fort Frederick on Saturday, August 9. Activities will include colonial gardening, candle making, laundry, colonial games, soldiering and life in a frontier fort.
Pre-registration is required by calling 301-842-2155. The service charge for participating in the Historic Junior Ranger Program is $25 per child.
Fort Frederick was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and serve as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. Fort Frederick is the only stone fort built by a British colony during the French and Indian War period. Currently, the fort operates as a living history museum.
For more information about Fort Frederick visit www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/ftfrederickhistory.html.