“To honor the upcoming winter Olympics, we wanted to do an Olympic-themed camp. We’re going to talk a little bit about the history of the Olympics and show them some famous Olympians and famous Olympic sports from both the winter and summer games of the past,” Charity Chastain, outgoing manager of programs, said. “We’re going to do some crafts [and games], like make your own Olympic rings, bean bag tosses on targets, different things where they can play not-necessarily Olympic games, but have fun with games and keep tying it back to the Olympics.”
She continued, “They’ll make their own Olympic torch and we’ll talk about the torch coming through Cartersville when the Olympics were [in Atlanta] in 1996. They’ll make their own Olympic crown from the days of old when you had the crown of laurel leaf or olive leaf.
“It’s a very hands on, interactive camp where they’re constantly playing games and constantly learning about the Olympics by playing different games of the past.”
The camp for 4- to 6-year-olds is Monday, Feb. 17, and the camp for 7- to 11-year olds is Tuesday, Feb. 18. According to a press release from Bartow History Museum, “Camps will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon and light refreshments will be offered. Price is $18 for members and $20 for not-yet-members. Advanced registration is required. To register for camp, call 770-382-3818 x 6288. Camps will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. Parking is available next to the building.”
Chastain said the museum continues to offer camps like “Fun Olympics” because of growing community interest.
“We have [fall break camps], spring break camps, winter break camps, camps all summerlong through June and July up until right before school starts back. [Children] love these camps because we do try to just make it about fun and they don’t realize they’re learning until it’s all over,” Chastain said.