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Summer Camp



This summer have your young sleuths (7-13 years old at the start of camp) unravel the mysteries of our past, using skills of deduction, disguise, and observation in historic downtown Annapolis. Go back in time to colonial Maryland, six different Ancient civilizations, and even the days when history’s most notorious pirates roamed our waters! Each day your aspiring “Sherlock Holmes” will learn of the secrets and mysteries that still remain unsolved in history, from the dawn of man to today. These inquisitive detectives will master all the skills necessary to become a world-class spy, an artful mystery writer, a colonial gentlemen or lady, and a fearsome pirate! Come explore Annapolis and all of its secrets this summer for a memorable, educational, and fun week!


5 Days of Mystery

Colonial Day

On the first day of camp learn about the importance of Annapolis and the customs of our founding fathers. Embody a real person of history for a day, learn about their career, and practice practical skills from the period like sewing and butter churning. Play colonial games and explore William Paca’s garden.


Ancient History Day

Travel back in time to the Ancient world and visit China, Greece, Egypt, the Aztecs, Mesopotamia, and even cavemen! Learn tai-chi from an instructor, make a cave painting, and theorize how the pyramids were built (without aliens!)

Spy Day

Join the secret world of spies and create a secret identity. Learn about and practice “dead drops” around Annapolis, and decode the secret messages of your enemies. End the day with a scavenger hunt around Annapolis, solving clues as you go!

Private Eye Day

Explore the supernatural and take a tour of Annapolis’ haunted sites in the morning. Afterward discuss literary and film detectives and their role in solving crimes. Try to emulate their skills and solve a crime staged by Historic Annapolis. Finally write and perform your very own mystery play using the knowledge you have gained of mystery stories throughout the day!


Pirate Day

Ahoy there landlubbers! Wanna learn how to be a reeeeealll pirate? Design your own pirate flag or “jolly  roger” to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, drink grog, negotiate the rules of your ship, and  learn the skills needed to navigate the seven seas. Think yer ready? At the end of the day, we’ll test your sea-legs!



The backdrop for 2016’s Riddle Me This: Mysteries of History summer camp will be Annapolis, Maryland. The state’s capital city and one of the most influential cities in American history. Campers will get an up-close and personal view of some of Annapolis’ best sites; visiting the Naval Academy, the State House, and homes dating to the 1700s or earlier. Included in the camp are guided tour designed to educate and entertain children. Home base will be the William Paca House and Brice House, beautiful five-part Georgian style homes, located on Prince George St in the heart of Annapolis.    


Daily Schedule:

9 am - 9:15 am Welcome! (Separate into groups and discuss the day’s theme)

9 am - 12 pm Three morning activities such as arts and crafts, games, puzzle solving, and movement reinforcing the day’s theme OR a field trip in Annapolis. 15 minute snack break included.

12 pm - 1 pm Lunch and quiet games

1 pm - 3:30 pm Three afternoon activities such as arts and crafts, games, puzzle solving, and movement reinforcing the day’s theme OR a field trip in Annapolis. 15 minute snack break included.

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm Clean-up and Goodbye (Reflect on the day’s activities)

4 pm Pick up!




June 20-24, 2016

OR July 11-15, 2016


9 am - 4 pm

Before Care 8 am - 9 am ($10)

After Care 4 pm - 5:30 pm ($5/30 min)


7-13 years of age at the start of camp


$310/$290 for HA members


Click below to register. You must pay either the deposit or the camp price in full to register.


**Please note that you will only be providing your own name, and some form of payment in this registration. Historic Annapolis will contact you later to gather camper information, send out sign-up info for before or after care, send a welcome packet, and if applicable, ask for full payment.


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