Fort Clatsop National Memorial in Warrenton is recruiting members for its inaugural Field Camp of Instructions, a first-person living history training program. Taught by Living Museums of the West, this program offers a five-day course about historic military and civilian life. A portion of this course is practical training by immersing participants in turn-of-the-18th-century living, giving them an opportunity to experience first-hand how life was during that era, organizers said.

The Field Camp of Instructions runs June 25 to 30 at Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton.

Two camp experiences are offered: Military Camp and Civilian Camp. Meals are provided, with both modern and period food.

Participants receive classroom instruction of the time period and cultural and period dress lessons, and they get to keep dress and accessory items they make during the program. College credit is offered through Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Registration fees include lodging, food and basic supplies. Fee is $325 for early registration, by April 15. Regular registration, by May 30, is $375. Late registration, until full, is $450. For details and registration information call (503) 861-4422.

Graduates of the Military Camp are eligible to participate in Fort Clatsop's living history program being developed for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Signature Event activities. All participants are eligible for volunteer opportunities through Fort Clatsop and Destination: The Pacific, the organization producing the Bicentennial Signature Event.

The Field Camp of Instructions being offered by Fort Clatsop National Memorial is the first step in recruiting and training first-person interpreters. The Park's focus is on recruiting 33 men to take on the persona of members from the Lewis and Clark Expedition in preparation for Bicentennial activities.

The program is underwritten, in part, through grants from Meyer Memorial Trust and Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon.


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