If you are interested in bringing your group or school tour to New Salem, Groups of 15 or more should arrange for a reservation with the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-545-7300 or by accessing the SCVB website at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com and going to "Group Tours" and choosing the "School/Youth tour" option for a Reservation Form or to make Reservations online.
Please note the ages for each program have changed this year! Youth entering 4th grade will now be able to participate and those entering 7th grade will get to start the apprentice program a year earlier than in the past.
Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps at New Salem - This program for youth entering 4th-6th grade gives campers a taste of what life was like in the 1830s when Abraham Lincoln called New Salem home. Campers will explore the importance of tasks done around the home and trades practiced in the village. They will also learn about young Abraham Lincoln and how his years at New Salem shaped him. Daily camp sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. On the final day the campers will dress in period attire and spend the day experiencing village life. They also will present a brief program for families at 4:30 p.m.
Living History Apprentice Program - This program provides older youth entering 7th-10th grade the opportunity to step back in time and become part of "living history". Campers are trained to interpret the history of Lincoln's New Salem to public visitors and participate in activities that allow them to portray the daily life of a young person in the village. These activities may include cooking, gardening, splitting rails and feeding the livestock. In addition, they will learn a skill and complete a project during the session. This year female campers will learn knitting, while male campers, may learn leatherwork, broom making or woodwork. Campers will also spend a portion of each day assigned to one of the village homes, where they will "apprentice" as a historical interpreter. Daily camp sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. On the final day, families are invited into the village at 4:30 to visit the various homes where the "apprentices" are interpreting.
Junior Interpreter Program - This four-day program is for older youth entering 9th or 10th grade who have previously participated in the Living History Apprentice Program. Participants will spend the first day reviewing the history of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site and interpretative skills. They will also learn about the expectations and responsibilities of volunteer interpreters at the state historic site. For the remainder of the week, they will attend morning meetings with the interpretative staff and then spend the day interpreting in the village under the supervision of an adult interpreter.
2013 Session Dates
Van Transportation - Van transportation will be provided from Springfield - White Oaks Mall for all camp sessions. Vans are also available from Jacksonville during specified sessions (see below). RETURN VAN SERVICE IS NOT PROVIDED at the end of the final day of camp (Friday). Parents are invited to attend the closing camp activities - more information will be provided in the camp handbook.
Springfield: White Oaks Mall (mall entrance between Macy's and Sears, upper lot)
Jacksonville: Illinois College (Physical Plant Parking Lot)
Program fees for 2013 will be as follows:
Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps and Living History Apprentice Programs (5 days)
Returning campers will be allowed to pay the 2012 fees - a savings of $25!
Junior Interpreter Program (4 days)
Registration: To register for a session, download and print the registration packet. Registrations are reserved on a first come, first served basis. After completing the forms return them along with a $35 deposit or the entire camp fee. The entire camp fee will be due by June 1, 2013. Checks should be made payable to ILLINOIS COLLEGE and sent to the address below:
PIONEER LIFE SUMMER DAY CAMP
Cancellation Policy - In the event of low registration, it may be necessary for us to cancel a session. If this happens, we will let you know at once and make a full refund of fees you have deposited. If your child will be unable to participate, we will make a full refund up until two weeks prior to the start date of the session being attended. Exceptions to this may be made in the case of a family death or medical emergency.
Questions - If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at PioneerCamp@ic.edu or via phone at 217-245-3013. This number is for the Illinois College Registrar's office, which is handling registration this year. They will forward any specific messages to camp staff. Thank you for your interest in the Pioneer Life Camp programs!
Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, Illinois 62675