Participants of a previous Past Times day camp try out the drums they made. The theme that year was the Civil War. HISTORIC BATH SITE | CONTRIBUTED
Participants of a previous Past Times day camp try out the drums they made. The theme that year was the Civil War. HISTORIC BATH SITE | CONTRIBUTED

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‘A pirate’s life for me’: Camp teaches children about pirates

Published 7:34pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BATH — Nearly two-dozen children will get a two-day history lesson disguised as a whole lot of fun. Past Times day camp is slated for this week.
The Historic Bath Site holds the day camp every summer. Each year, there is a different theme that relates to Bath history. This year’s “A pirate’s life for me” already appears to be a hit.
“I’ve had these 22 children since before school was out,” said Bea Latham about the roster of participants.
Between firing cannonballs at ships and making most-wanted posters of Blackbeard, the children will learn about a period in history before there were cameras and telephones. They will find out that pirates’ treasures were not always buried gold and snack on food that pirates ate.
The day-campers also will hear about the daily activities of a pirate and learn that there was more to them than peg legs and eye patches.
The target age group for the camp was ages 5 to 10. Latham said that is the perfect age range for a fun history lesson.
“Children are a lot of fun because they will do anything you ask them to do,” she said.

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