CHC Youth Outreach: Kerr CHC Case Study

Kerr CHC Youth Camp

County Historical Commissions (CHC) are committed to provide preservation-related activities for young people across the state. We love this youth outreach effort initiated by Kerr CHC!

Where and Why?

Like many CHCs, Kerr CHC sponsors history-related educational programs. Its interest in youth outreach led to initiating a Youth History Camp in June 2019. Its purpose was to stimulate interest in Texas History and show that learning about history could be fun!

This five-day camp was held lasted from 9 am to noon at the historic Union Church Building and grounds. CHC appointees provided a wide range of hands-on activities for 20 students, ages 9–11. They were thrilled with the outcome and hope to continue this effort in the future. 

What and How?

Appointees and partners organized the week to feature a different theme each day; event agenda is featured below. Activities included demonstrations to make butter and ink, presentations about children's lives during pioneer times, and musical entertainment. Students, appointees, and partners participated in the activities. 

The camp provided indoor and outdoor hands-on activities. Children were able to view ranch and farm equipment displays, while hosts demonstrated tools and compared them to modern equipment. There was something new to learn every day!


Kerr CHC partners included The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Hill Country Archeology Association, Texas Rangers, and Clifton Fifer––poet, singer, and historian. Special thanks to Buzzie’s BBQ who provided food so that the camp could wrap up with an authentic chuck wagon cookout. What a memorable ending to a successful youth event that celebrates Texas history!


Thanks to Kerr CHC and partners for reaching out to your community and sharing this great project with us!

More information found on the web links below. 

Youth Outreach Part I: Actively Engaging Youth

Youth Outreach Part II: Tips from THC's Youth Education Specialist

Youth Outreach Part III: Pecos CHC Case Study

Youth Outreach Part IV: What Students Want