Fairfield – Camp Floyd History Camps for kids are a fun-filled educational experience about how soldiers lived at Camp Floyd in 1861, and how the Utah War served pre-Civil War objectives. Campers meet costumed interpreters, play 19th century games, drill, march and set up a soldier’s camp, fire an 1860s period firearm, make and take home soldier craft activities. Other activities include conducting a full-scale military exercise; and observing muskets and a cannon fired.
Participants will receive a 2012 history camp t-shirt, Union or Confederate kepi, replica rifle, canteen, haversack, harmonica and more. Campers return home each day with furlough papers. The park may be able to provide carpooling information with others in your area. These programs are for both boys and girls, eight to 11 years of age. Each camp is limited to 24 participants and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Reservations and a $90 camp fee are required. Reservations begin March 1, 2012 and are made on line at:
Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United State. The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion, which never took place. The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency.
Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Highway 73. For more information, please contact the park at: 801-768-8932.