Pride of Place
Through an interactive camp, the Federal City Council (FC2) will engage DC students in learning about the history of Washington DC, its challenges, its triumphs, and its champions. This program is designed to help DC youth bridge the gap between past and present and contextualize their place within the city. Students will have the opportunity to learn about sites that represent significant moments in the city or nation’s history. Then, they will tell the story of the sites by creating audio tours.
Pride of Place will run April 18-21, from 9:30 am-4:30 pm, and is open to 7th and 8th grade students. The camp is free of charge and will include lunch for students. It will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004.
It will focus on three major locations in DC: the National Mall, the U St Corridor, and Chinatown. Then, in the summer of 2023, we will extend the camp to two weeks and cover more locations and city history. The summer camp will be open to rising 6th-8th grade students.
We have partnered with several organizations for Camp Pride of Place, including:
- Waymap: A navigation technology app that will serve as a conduit for the audio tours of DC sites and monuments created by DC students. Tours will be made publicly accessible through the app after the conclusion of the camp.
- Smithsonian Institution: For the summer iteration of the camp, FC2 will partner with the larger Smithsonian Institution to host the camp on the Smithsonian Quad.
- MLK Memorial Library: Will provide research materials, digital art tools, and a podcast studio.
- Capital Experience Lab: An experiential learning charter school that values museums and community based-learning experiences. Teachers from Capital Experience Lab will staff the camp and promote student learning.