Summer Camp Was Never Like This

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Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119
jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (May 7, 2008) – Fond memories of summer camp of by-gone days can be revived and greatly enhanced by the educational and full-filled camp programs at Stratford Hall.

Stratford’s newest camp program– an intergenerational Elderhostel–is very similar to, but twice the length of, Stratford’s popular grandparent/grandchild camp. Grandchildren and/or grandparents come from throughout the United States to participate in this program. The Elderhostel is for adults age 55 and over and a young relative or friend ages 9-12 a wonderful intergenerational bonding experience that campers will long remember. Not only does this program feature a host of hands-on experiences based on plantation life in the 18th century, it also includes four nights of comfortable air conditioned lodging (with private baths) and tasty meals prepared by the plantation dining room/restaurant “a far cry from ol” time camp days in a hot buggy bunk house with undistinguished food.

Camp activities include a fossil hunt, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, archaeology, brick making, music, art, and fishing. In a night-time visit to the Great House, campers may even sense the ghostly presence of Stratford’s past inhabitants – the amazing Lees of Virginia.

This Elderhostel program will be held July 14-18, 2008. Detailed information and registration forms may be found on the Internet site www.elderhostel.org or by phone toll free (877) 426-8056 (program #16283). The program is conducted entirely by Stratford Hall.

There is still limited space available in Stratford’s “Adventure” day camp. This is designed for children ages 8-12 who reside nearby (or are visiting with a relative or friend living on the Northern Neck). It will be held June 23-27 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $245 for an entire fun-filled week. Activities are similar to those offered in the Elderhostel program. For information and registration contact Bill Doerken, Stratford’s Special Programs Coordinator,(804) 493-8038 or bdoerken@stratfordhall.org.