An overnight learning experience for 4th grade students of Christian Schools
1 adventures, 3 meals, 1 nights
This is the hands on 49er Fun living history campout. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park in Placerville California. You’ll meet our Christian living history guides who will start to transport you back to 1854, just after the height of the California gold rush. At Gold Bug we will explore some restored gold mines as we learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for 1854. Before we leave the mines we’ll take a few minutes in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God.
Then it’s on to our claim on the side of the South Fork of the American River (just a few miles downstream of Coloma), where you’ll set up your shelters for the night before jumping into some hands on learning experiences of what life was like back in the California Gold Rush. We’ll make candles, play some old fashioned outdoor games, and make (and eat) tortillas and butter in the kitchen. Soon it’s time for dinner, but don’t worry, we’ve got lots of time tomorrow to play and experience these fun activities before we wave goodbye.
After a great dinner an old time band will join us for a time of dancing and singing, followed by a time of worship and learning as one of your guides shares a devotional story with you about their experiences in the gold rush and how they have grown as a Christian and drawn closer to God.
After a great breakfast we’ll continue our first hand learning experiences as we go gold panning right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians of Coloma California lived off the land, play some games, and take a short quiet time devotional hike. We’ll have a little more fun, games, and learning after lunch, then we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye.
Check out our Prospector Trip Synopsis.
This trip not only enriches the minds of students by giving them a hands on understanding of California’s history, but it enriches their spiritual lives.