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Antique Boat Museum expands youth camp programs

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CLAYTON — After a fun-filled week of letting the children take over the Antique Boat Museum during February break, museum educator Julie Broadbent said, the fun will continue with camps to be held every month.

During the first full week of each month until May, the Antique Boat Museum will host B Is for Boat camp with activities for youths of all ages.

“We are going to have a lot of things going on,” Ms. Broadbent said. “Our camp theme will change with every book we read and we’ll make crafts and games to go with it.”

Four different programs, accommodating children from babies to fifth-graders, will make up the B Is for Boat program.

On Mondays, children in prekindergarten or younger will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for singing, dancing and other activities in the Baby Boat events, geared toward working on social interaction.

Silly Skiffs will be for children in kindergarten and first grade. This group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays with plenty of crafts, games and other hands-on activities. The group will read a book with assistance to help increase vocabulary.

Clever Canoes is geared toward second- and third-graders, who will focus on reading nautical-themed books by themselves and increasing comprehension from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The final program, Feisty Freighters, will allow fourth- and fifth-graders to read independently books they are interested in and turn it into a hands-on workshop, as well as learn more about lighthouses, freighters, boat-building and sailboats. The fourth- and fifth graders will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Ms. Broadbent said along with the B Is for Boat camps, the museum will host a Hawaiian-themed Spring Break Camp with a three-day luau from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 14 to 16.

“We’re going to explore a different side of maritime history,” Ms. Broadbent said. “We’ll look at how Hawaiians travel, fish and have fun.”

The three-day camp is open to children of all ages. Ms. Broadbent said admission is free thanks to a sponsorship by The Scoop ice cream parlor.

Those ages 13 to 18 are invited to attend Teen Nights at the museum on the final Friday of each month until April for a number of themed activities. Teen nights will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and cost $5 per student.

All events will be held in the exhibit space of the museum.

For more information, call the museum at 686-4104.

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