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Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for a week-long camp of everything involved in pirate life—from secret identities and codes to navigating waterways and a real-life mock battle. Each student will walk away with a grasp of how privateers helped Andrew Jackson and his militia win the Battle of New Orleans in 1812—a critical victory for our young nation’s morale.
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Day 1: A Pirate’s Life for Me!
When a pirate steps away from his day-to-day life, he must create a new identity for himself. As we learn about who Jean Lafitte was, we will create our own Baratarian crew! Secret identities, ciphers and secret codes and a pirate hideout will be the theme of the day.
Day 2: Navigation and Orienteering
What is a pirate’s number one skill? Eluding capture. The Baratarian crew was in demand for their ability to navigate the complex landscape of swamps, rivers and islands that characterize the Gulf Coast around New Orleans. Mapping transportation routes, designing vessels that are speedy and hard to capture and learning to navigate difficult terrain will be explored through this day’s activities. Campers will get to see more of Barataria Bay via web conference with Jean Lafitte National Park.
Day 3: Living a Secret Life
The Baratarians lived daily lives in and around the city of New Orleans. By using the secret communication skills we learned on Day 1, campers will accomplish missions without blowing their cover.
Day 4: Power of a Pirate
As time grows closer for a battle with the British, the Baratarians are increasingly sought after by the British army and the American army. Campers will strategize the best trade on their services.
Day 5: Battle of New Orleans
We will get a closer look at the life of Jackson’s army as they prepare for the Battle of New Orleans. A living historian will be on hand to discuss soldier life and uniforms, and campers will drill as soldiers, design and use weapons and munitions, as well as conduct a mock battle.
Source: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076