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Camp Explores Historical ‘Hallowed Ground’

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For two weeks, students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been taking trips to learn about some of the things that never made it into the history books.

The Journey through Hallowed Ground partnership has provided a summer camp for history-hungry young minds in Albemarle for nine years, and the students are learning much more than just facts and dates.

This summer, 25 students followed the camp’s slogan, "Take the Journey," exploring the hallowed ground of some of America's most historical landmarks. Campers experience the history behind the sites in an extreme way.

"When we go to Gettysburg, we bike the battlefield. We tube on the Antietam Creek. We canoe the James River,” said camp director Blaine Horton.

Amidst the adventuring, students also research and profile people who treaded the historical grounds but didn't make it into a textbook.

“At each site they learn about specific leaders that played a role at that site and then we want to get them to understand what they can learn about leadership from these individuals,” Horton said.

Friday morning at Cale Elementary School, groups of campers ended the two-week camp by presenting documentaries they made during the process, showcasing their findings to fellow campers, parents and grandparents. One camper, Andrew Scanlon, says his group made a newscast about the Civil War for the project.

And campers don’t neglect the rich history right in their backyard. "They spend about half of a lab day just touring Charlottesville,” Horton said.

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