American History Themed Camps

How much would people dig this?

It's cool because it will be the ultimate costume party.
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It's cool because it will be the ultimate costume party.
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History sucks, I would go just to make fun of people.
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History sucks, I would go just to make fun of people.
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Only old history buffs will attend, which is lame.
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Only old history buffs will attend, which is lame.
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I like it, but I wanted a small intellectual meeting.
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I like it, but I wanted a small intellectual meeting.
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Your living in the past; that's not what BM is about.
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Your living in the past; that's not what BM is about.
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Total votes: 40

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American History Themed Camps

Post by addison4 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:45 pm

My idea is to have camps where we all dress up as:
colonialists and redcoats on monday
indians and cavalry on tuesday
civil war soldiers on wednesday
WWII soldiers, Nazis, and Japs on thursay
Communists and nukes on friday
and terrorists and oil execs on saturday

We can show cool movies for each days era too, have funny ballots on really old fashioned political agendas, have humorous political debates on subjects that people don't even remember today, and themed food for each era.

There is so much to work with here... I know there are history people out there who would love to reenact all sorts of bogus stuff.

My questions:
Which parts of this have been done before, and how well can they be combined? How effectively can a camp switch gears to do multiple activities if we tie it together chronologically like this?

I was going to call it: camp '1776'

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Post by Elderberry » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:34 pm

If that's what you want, make it happen.

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Post by socks » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:52 pm

JAPS?

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Post by addison4 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:05 am

"Japs" refers to the military not the civilians

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Post by C.f.M. » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:49 am

I love history, all things S.C.A., re-enactments, etc. so I voted "cool" but it's not really history so much as wars.

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Post by Dr. Pyro » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:23 am

I grew up thinking Japs were Jewish American Princesses. But then, I like Jewish women. A lot.

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Post by C.f.M. » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:04 am

Japs, Krauts and Yanks.

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Post by ygmir » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:34 am

oh sure, leave out the Vichy, and Mussolini..............
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:40 am

only if i can use the word "Gook" again...


i miss it....I'm a Vietnam Era G.I. Joe owner...you know the ones, with the life like beard...


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Post by C.f.M. » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:43 am

Kung-fu grip!

PORK CHOP SANDWICH!

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:12 am

addison4 wrote:"Japs" refers to the military not the civilians
It still ain't right.

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Post by Cheyenne » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:23 am

What an excellent idea..

I do lots of Historical Re-enactment here in UK and its big business...

My self employed business is making clothing for re-enactors... would you believe, we have an American Civil War Society here... they are hardcore re-enactors who shun all modern life for a long weekend and their kit is pretty good too...

bit like one of the most hardcore groups in USA, the Liberty Rifles...

http://www.libertyrifles.org/index.html

Even their jeancloth is accurate down to the millimeter!

Get them involved in your camp as 'prop masters'

I'll get the lace wars people mobilised...

RE-ENACTOR CAMPS ROCK!!
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Post by oneeyeddick » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:23 am

Everyone knows they prefer to be called nips.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by C.f.M. » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:31 am

Cheyenne wrote:What an excellent idea..

I do lots of Historical Re-enactment here in UK and its big business...

My self employed business is making clothing for re-enactors... would you believe, we have an American Civil War Society here... they are hardcore re-enactors who shun all modern life for a long weekend and their kit is pretty good too...

bit like one of the most hardcore groups in USA, the Liberty Rifles...

http://www.libertyrifles.org/index.html

Even their jeancloth is accurate down to the millimeter!

Get them involved in your camp as 'prop masters'

I'll get the lace wars people mobilised...

RE-ENACTOR CAMPS ROCK!!
Oh yeah, CW re-enactment is huge, North and South (U.S.). I used to work with a woman who also made clothing for the local group - my costuming for burns most always has a historical bent. There's a group on Tribe for S.C.A. burners, too.

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Post by ygmir » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:44 am

oneeyeddick wrote:Everyone knows they prefer to be called nips.
I loved McHale's Navy
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Post by Cheyenne » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:49 am

Whoa,

SCA Burners... nice - theres a group for all persuations these days!!

I've got some lovely Iron Age repro glass beads coming from an SCA'er next week... I can't wait to show them off at the Historic festival in York wk after next!!
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Post by Dr. Pyro » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:02 am

I think "nips" is considered insensitive. They prefer to be called "slope heads."

And while we're looking at the finer points of history, how about a good old fashioned lynching?

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Post by Bob » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:26 am

Did you mean "American", literally? I'd love to see a reenactment of the Malvinas/Falklands War.

With penguins.

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Post by addison4 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Here's the list of themes for each day of BM:

Monday:
REVOLUTION ERA 1760-1820
American Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion, French Revolution,
Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812
American Rev. Debate
Food: French breakfast; British lunch;T-party; Whiskey Rebellion

Tuesday:
CIVIL WAR ERA 1821-1880
Age of Jackson, Mexican American War, Civil War, Changing the Constitution, Reconstruction & Jim Crow
Civil War Debate
Food: Mexican breakfast, Southern lunch, Progressive dinner, Tequila

Wednesday:
GUILDED AGE 1881-1925
Foreign Wars, Anti-Trust, Federal Reserve Act
Progressive Era, WWI, Scopes Monkey Trial
Progressive Era Debate
Food: Spanish breakfast, Filipino lunch, Cooked Goose, “Prohibition?â€

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Post by Cheyenne » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:10 am

I think I just did a sex wee..................
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Post by addison4 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:54 am

The idea is we start off each day with legit history and discourse, and we then digress into revelry. We might join ranks and INVADE other areas of the playa, or we could use playa landmarks as battlefield land marks in our reenactments:

"Who the hell is firing off cannons? and why are they flying a huge Canadian flag over those porta potties?!!"

My guess is that we're gonna end up staging all of it with water guns and the less formal parts will degenerate into something between capture the flag and touch football.[/img]

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Post by Cheyenne » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:18 pm

MASSIVE LIKE FOR THIS - I WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED... I can bring my French and Indian Wars kit :)
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Post by Lassen Forge » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:39 pm

this is too good...

True, the gilded age had prohibition... but it also had... wait for it...

ABSINTHE.

It was also the era of quack medicine... pre-1906 drug laws. Can you say opium den? (ok, scratch that!) but yeah...


Now I must do something to relax, calm down... maybe a round of Short-height BASE jumping... or a free climb up K2...

THIS... is visionary. You pull this off, you'll be one of the reverred...

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:44 pm

i like it too...

Root Society annexed the Sioux Datin' Land last year...you know, the native american soul mate camp...

Next year we go after the Strippers at camp Pollin'.


it's on the Who What Where, 2012 slated for sept 1st.


but we're not stuka on the date.
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Post by ygmir » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:54 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:i like it too...

Root Society annexed the Sioux Datin' Land last year...you know, the native american soul mate camp...

Next year we go after the Strippers at camp Pollin'.


it's on the Who What Where, 2012 slated for sept 1st.


but we're not stuka on the date.
then we'll no fear of strafing.....
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Post by Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:02 pm

i hate it when my lederhosen strafe my inner thighs...
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Post by Cheyenne » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:11 pm

real absinthe is still legal here... i think i should bring some of the real stuff
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:20 pm

Cheyenne wrote:real absinthe is still legal here... i think i should bring some of the real stuff

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Post by addison4 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:24 pm

I'm guessing Wednesday night is a "prohibition party" and we all dress like flapper girls and monkey's from the Scopes Trial and mobsters. We can fly a Philippines flag for historical measure too.


We'll show the movie "the Untouchables" in the background.

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Post by Cheyenne » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:53 pm

Seems from reading the info on getting Absinthe into USA, it does get shipped from Europe relatively easily... as long as its the stuff with 35mg/litre, then its all hunky dory!



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