Kendra Baker photosFor the second year, Wilton Historical Society took six- through 10-year-olds \u201cback in time\u201d to learn about Colonial life through crafts, games, historic artifacts and other hands-on activities during its Colonial Boot Camp. The purpose of the camp is to \u201cgive kids a chance to really immerse themselves in a wide variety of Colonial activities,\u201d said Wilton Historical Society\u2019s museum educator, Lola Chen. \u201cFrom making bread every day to pumping water, making soap or candles, trying out games like Graces, and dressing up in traditional garb \u2014\u00a0it\u2019s all very absorbing and hands-on, and the kids love it,\u201d she said. The camp\u2019s popularity last year led to the addition of a third Colonial Boot Camp session this summer. There were also more camp counselors this year, said Chen, providing campers with \u201cmore individual attention,\u201d as well as \u201callowing them to work on different projects simultaneously, and for each camper to work at his or her own pace.\u201d Chen noted that \u201cindependence\u201d and \u201cthe development of a \u2018can-do\u2019 attitude\u201d are encouraged at the camp. Also new this summer was the addition of a book-binding activity, where campers wrote up Colonial recipes with quill pens and bound them into a recipe book. Of all the activities, Chen said, Colonial cookery is \u201calways a huge hit.\u201d \u201cWe work together each day to bake bread \u2014 plus we make a peach cobbler, which I think teaches them responsibility and self-reliance [because] if you\u2019re hungry, you are responsible for satisfying that need,\u201d said Chen. Soap-making, dressing up and weaving are also popular activities. Chen said Colonial Boot Camp is a great choice for children looking for a unique summer experience. \u201cThe Wilton Historical Society offers activities that you\u2019re unlikely to find anywhere else, such as book binding, tin-punching, felting, weaving and more,\u201d she said. \u201cAlso, we keep the camp small for a reason \u2014\u00a0so that each camper has a more individually tailored experience.\u201d Chen said her favorite part about Colonial Boot Camp is seeing \u201cthe look of wonder on a kid\u2019s face when they learn a new skill\u201d and the \u201cexcitement and enthusiasm\u201d they have about the things they create at camp. \u201cSeeing how proud they are of their accomplishments\u00a0\u2014 that\u2019s the best part of camp,\u201d said Chen.