July 22 @ 9:00 am - July 26 @ 4:00 pm
Don your derby, bonnet or top hat and relive the wrecking era in Key West. In 1825, Congress passed the Federal Wrecking Act and opened the floodgates for an industry that catapulted Key West to fame and fortune. Between 1828 and the 1850’s, Key West was considered the richest city in the country, per capita. A winning combination of coral reefs, the Gulf Stream, weather patterns, and increased trade led to a lucrative industry for Key West locals.
In this camp, the children will learn about the apparatus used in wreck and salvage operations. Peering through traditional sight glasses, they will locate the submerged bounty and then build tripods, swingarms, and sling carts to retrieve the materials. We will wrap the week up with a traditional wreckers race to the lighthouse using paper boats and rubber band cannons. Join Deadeye Rick and Briggers Kevin for a fun educational experience.
About instructor Rick Wheelus AKA Deadeye
Rick is a renowned Civil War reenactor and volunteer historian at Fort Taylor and Fort Jefferson. He has been involved with educational outreach programs that include living history events, medieval festivals, Civil War Boot Camp and Operation Purple. Deadeye’s Workshop, Rick’s community-centered organization, is currently involved in restoration efforts at Fort Taylor and the building of temporary museum displays inside the fort. He is currently working with the Key West Fringe Theater on the production of Hamlet.
About instructor Kevin Lisinski
Kevin has been working in the field of childcare since he was fourteen years old. He was responsible for the operation of the Community Center and summer program for the Department of Parks and Recreation in Bristol, Rhode Island. Kevin has worked as a behavioral specialist, working primarily with behaviorally-challenged youth in a variety of programs throughout the country. Kevin and his wife moved to Key West in early 2015, having fallen in love with the charm of the island. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, understanding numerous techniques and teaching styles as well as having knowledge of countless camp games.
In addition to registering online, we will require a more detailed form for emergency purposes. The ArtCamp! 2019 registration form and Camper Code of Conduct will be emailed to you and must be completed before the commencement of camp.
Camp starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. To ensure the comfort of your child throughout the day, we have included a list of essentials. Please pack these items in a beach bag that can be left at the camp. The bags will be kept in a designated storage area. It is important that all items be labeled with your child’s name.
- Closed-toe shoes
- Flip flops
- Sun shirt
- Reusable water bottle