Re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party stole the show at the first day of the Constitutional Champions Patriot Day Camp held by The 9-12 Pikes Peak Patriots at the historical Rock Ledge Ranch Carriage House in the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs.
Approximately 60 children (1st through 6th grade) attended and rotated between five Revolutionary War educational stations during the morning. They were taught and entertained by 9-12 volunteers, some dressed in period costumes. George Washington, Paul Revere and John Hancock made special appearances.
The Constitutional Champions opened with a prayer, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing The Star Spangled Banner around the flag pole. Then the five groups sorted by age headed off to the stations. Four stations focused on different parts of the war such as the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride, Battles of Lexington and Concord, winter at Valley Forge, and the British surrender at Yorktown while the fifth station involved a craft. The boys made tricorn hats and the girls made colonial caps with ribbon ties.
Regardless of age the campers all seemed to have the most fun tossing boxes labeled "TEA" off the mock ship built by 9-12 volunteers for the camp. Six-year-old, Nate, said he enjoyed the "tea party" but to him the most memorable activity was when they took off their shoes and socks, and with their feet wrapped in rags, walked around in ice to experience a little of what it was like for the American soldiers who suffered through the terrible winter at Valley Forge.
Day 1 was a huge success thanks to the great curriculum and suggestions from the Constitutional Champions Foundation and all the hard-working volunteers. Children left looking forward to what Day 2 would bring.