The Junior Docent Program allows young people in fifth through twelfth grade to volunteer in period costume at Historic Brattonsville.
What do the Junior Docents do?
- Learn historic skills to demonstrate at Historic Brattonsville, such as hoeing, weeding, planting, spinning, hearth cooking, woodworking, and sewing
- Provide educational activities for children and youth who visit Historic Brattonsville
- Show visitors what life was like for South Carolina children in the 1760s – 1780s & the 1840s
- Participate in selected programs at the Museum of York County
What are the requirements for the Junior Docent program?
- The desire and ability to work hard in an outdoor setting, learn historical knowledge and skills, and share information with the public in a professional manner
- The ability to work independently and follow rules and directions - this program is designed for youth to volunteer without direct parental supervision
- A time commitment of at least 3 hours per month, February through November, primarily on Saturdays
- Appropriate and approved historic clothing, to be acquired by May
- Attendance at an orientation and training session in February is required
- Junior Docents must have a family membership to CHM, and pay an annual program fee of $20
- Must be in the 5th through 12th grade
What are the benefits of the Junior Docent Program?
- Get involved in the community through volunteering
- Gain fantastic experience for a history or museum career
- Build your confidence and skills in public speaking
- Impress your teachers, families and friends with your new historic skills and hands-on knowledge of history
- Discover what it’s like behind-the-scenes at a unique historic site
- Make new friends
- Have lots of fun!
How do I apply?
Space in the program is limited, so the application process is competitive. Students apply through a written application, letter of reference, and a group interview. For more information, please contact Lisa Swetnam, email@example.com