Extreme Journey Camp Gives a Closer Look at Historical Sites
The Mid-Atlantic is rich in history, but who has time to see it all? One group of students is taking on that challenge by visiting historical sites and using technology to document it all.
It's all part of the Extreme Journey Camp, organized by a partnership through Albemarle County and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground organization.
Middle School students go to different historical locations around the region and document their adventures through making mini-movies.
"We've been to Gettysburg. We biked about 12 miles throughout. We canoed the James River, and learned about the Monacan Tribe and visited Pine Knot which is Teddy Roosevelt's retreat," said Julie Stavitski, a camp counselor.
For two weeks, 19 students have been learning all about the region's history. While on these adventures, they used iPods and camcorders to record their experiences.
"Just filming at the historical sites was fun because you're at the cool historical site and you're also filming for your movie," said Lucien Peach, a camp participant.
Many of the students come to the camp with some technological experience, yet they've all been able to further develop their skills.
"It was great. I never really had this experience before to make a movie by myself. It was a lot of fun," said Olivia Smith, a camp participant.
Not only do these students learn about and recreate the past, they also have time for fun.
"I love history. I really got into it this year with my teacher, and I'm a very avid athlete and I thought the biking and hiking and canoeing would be fun," said Smith.
"It's lots of work, but also lots of fun," said Peach.
The students will be showing their movies in an event opened to the public on Friday at 11 a.m. at Cale Elementary School in Charlottesville.
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