Best of History
Two one-week sessions
June 22–26, July 6–10 CANCELED
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 6th through rising 8th graders
What to bring: notebook, writing utensils, snack, water bottle
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red
Best of History is a fun-filled and play centered week for campers who love of all things historical. Each day will be dedicated to exploring a historical topic and playing a game that encompasses it. Games offer immersive and interactive ways to engage in the past and are extremely useful tools for history education. Campers will experience incentives, motives and decision-making from vantages difficult to simulate in traditional history classroom settings. Board games and role-playing games will place players in the positions of historical figures and we will uncover fascinating new historical insights in this unique and meaningful presentation of history. It is important to offer students tools of historical analysis that they can apply to the wide range of media that make historical arguments. We will spend time learning about the historical events that each game is built around and spend time in reflection to gain a greater appreciation for history – and aim to spark a lifelong interest.
Games and topics include:
- Twilight Struggle - Cold War
- Diplomacy - World War I
- Axis and Allies - World War II
- Risk - Napoleonic
- Civilization - World History
- Oregon Trail - History of the West
Teacher bio: Thomas Pipoli is a Humanities instructor and History department chair at Landon School. He has taught courses such as US history, World History, and European history and enjoys utilizing his role as an educator to allow students to enjoy the many major historical attractions of the greater D.C. area. Thomas’s straightforward and enjoyable approach to history, both one-on-one and in the larger classroom, has helped many students over the years learn to love the subject and prepare them effectively for major assessments such as the AP and SAT subject exams.
Fun fact: Thomas was given the superlative “Most Likely to be on a TV Show” in his high school yearbook.