Local Students Spend The Night at Richard Bong Museum

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 13, 2018 10:59 PM

SUPERIOR- Local students are spending the night at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Friday for Camp Bong, a one of a kind learning experience.

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Fifth grader Gage Piar is attending his second Camp Bong.

"I think anyone that would come here would have a lot of fun," Piar said.

Tover Allen, a first time Camp Bong attendee, said he was excited about sleeping over at the museum. 

"I really wanted to come here because I really like military," Allen said.

It wasn’t a typical sleepover for the group of students.

Hayes Scriven, the Richard Bong Historical Center executive director, said the kids participate in several activities.

"They’re going to do a scavenger hunt throughout the museum, make their own parachute and test them, and they’re going to basically sleepover at the museum," Scriven said.

Jack Huber, a Camp Bong attendee, said he enjoys being in the museum environment.

"It's a good feeling when you’re surrounded by this stuff," Huber said.

Scriven said Camp Bong lets kids interact and learn from veterans one on one.

"Telling them about veterans history, connecting them with modern veterans as well, so they kind of get a better understanding of what they went through and better appreciation. It's a fun and different way of educating youth in the area," Scriven said.

Allen said he was looking forward to several things at the camp.

"Sitting in the cock pit and staying up until 10:30 tonight, and playing around," Allen said.

Randell Freeman, the Richard Bong Historical Center maintenance manager, said he enjoys seeing the kids' reaction when they get on the P-38 fighter plane. 

"Seeing their expression and how excited they get seeing the plane,” Freeman said.

The educational camp is a hands-on and fun learning experience.

Kids also get a behind the scenes tour of the collection storage area of the historical center.



Alejandra Palacios

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