Most of us have studied history in school, but how many can claim that they have actually lived history? Learned how to fire cannon? Marched a rifle drill? Eaten Hard Tack and Johnny Cakes? A Junior Ranger can! Vicksburg National Military Park welcomed its new class of Junior Rangers to discover the fascinating history of the region at its annual Junior Ranger Summer Camp.
During the weeklong day camp, twenty Junior Rangers explored different areas of life relating to the Civil War. From experiencing some of the hardships soldiers, sailors, and civilians faced to exploring the life of a cavalry officer at Silver Creek Equestrian Center, Junior Rangers discovered what life was like for people in 1863 and learned how we remember the events of the past in modern times. As part of the Let’s Move Outside initiative, Junior Rangers enjoyed staying physically active by hiking, playing period children’s games, touring the park and exploring the park’s new Heritage-Demonstration Garden. Campers also visited neighboring Mississippi State Parks site, Grand Gulf State Park, to learn more about the effects of the Civil War on the region.
This year’s camp was made possible by generous support from our partners at Eastern National, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Warren County Master Gardeners, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers –Vicksburg District Office.