This July, the Butler County History Center will be hosting two summer camps for area youth between the ages of 9 and 12 years old.
The first camp, Fossils to Fuel, runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 8‐12. Participants will learn about the history of the oil fields here in Kansas, especially Butler County, and learn about the role geology played in the decision of where to drill.
Additional learning includes information about the inland sea that covered Kansas and how the sediment left behind created rock formations that led to the discovery of oil.
Campers will engage in hands‐on activities related to the science behind oil by creating fossils and drill for core samples. They will construct a derrick and test its ability to withstand weight. A field trip to the HollyFrontier Refinery is also on the schedule, with USD 490 offering transportation.
The second camp, Cattle, Corn & Crude, runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 15‐19. Campers will learn about the exciting history of Butler County. They will meet costumed interpreters, have access to collections and engage in hands on activities to bring our county's colorful history to life.
Participants will learn how the ranching, farming and oil industries were integral in the development of Butler County, and they will learn what makes the Flint Hills so unique. A visit from the Kansas Strong traveling exhibit is planned.
All participants will receive a T‐shirt commemorating their summer camp fun and light snacks will be provided.
The camps are done in conjunction with other area agencies offering summer youth activities to keep our children engaged throughout the summer.
Kansas Strong is the sponsor for this year's summer camp programming, and the museum is now accepting registrations. Forms can be found on the museum Web site and registration is accepted by phone as well.
The Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum is located at 383 E. Central, El Dorado, KS 67042. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 321-9333. Visit their Web site at www.kansasoilmuseum.org, and like them on Facebook on www.facebook.com/kansasoilmuseum.