Application Information and Program Calendar

Are you a candidate?

In the Dame and Young Engagé School, we strive to be safe, encourage learning, have fun, and respect everything and everyone around us. To apply for one of the 16 available positions in the living history schools in the fall of 2018, applicants must:

  • be 10 to 18 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
  • have an interest in history, especially nineteenth century hands-on skills and lifeways.
  • possess a desire to share what they learn in school with the visiting public.
  • have a desire to practice to improve skills.
  • commit to time for the entire class series. This includes one Saturday a month for five months and at least fifty hours of volunteer time in the next year.
  • be able to be on site, dressed in period costume attire (provided), and prepared to begin lessons promptly at 9:30 am each day the class meets.
  • bring a positive attitude and outlook to class and be open to instruction and friendly companionship with other participants.
  • demonstrate a caring and respectful attitude toward other participants and the public, including aiding in sharing acquired skills with others when requested.
  • remit $135 to cover class and material costs, upon acceptance.

Due to the hands-on nature of the coursework, only 16 students are accepted into the either program each year.

NOTE: Integral to the program is the requirement for students to participate in public programs at Fort Vancouver NHS. All participants are expected to serve as interpreters for the following year, practicing what they have learned under the watchful eye of the school instructors and Fort Vancouver staff. A minimum commitment of 50 hours of volunteer time over the following 12 months is required after the school year ends.


How to Apply

Application packets for the 2018-2019 Living History Schools will be accepted until 5:00 pm on October 1, 2018.

To apply, please submit an application packet that includes the following:

  • A National Park Service Volunteer Application form, or pickup a form at the Fort Vancouver Visitors Center, the Contact Station, or the McLoughlin House or online.
  • Indication of a preferred program, either Young Engagé School or Dame School.
  • TWO letters of recommendation from community members, such as a school teacher, sport or dance coach, minister, or close personal friends. Each letter should state how long they have known you, in what capacity, and why you would be a good candidate for the program. No recommendation letters from immediate family for this section, please.
  • One letter of support from your parent or guardian, stating that your family members understand the commitment required in terms of transportation, homework, and long term participation. Also, this letter should describe why the candidate would be a good fit for the program.
  • A handwritten letter from the candidate requesting admittance, including the prospective student's impression of what they will be doing in school, what their interests in history and/or historic skills might be, and why they would like to be selected to participate in the school and as volunteer for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This letter should be written by the applicant his/herself.

All items must be gathered into one packet and delivered to Fort Vancouver NHS by October 1, 2018. The packet may be hand delivered to the park or sent by mail to:

ATTN: Youth Volunteer Program /Dame & Engage School
Fort Vancouver NHS

612 East Reserve Steet
Vancouver, WA 98661

If accepted, please promptly return the follow-up package containing the signed acceptance, permission documents, and the $125 per student fee for the program.


Youth Interpreter School Schedule: 2018-2019

Activity Date
Applications due October 1, 2018
Student orientation option #1 November 24, 2018
Student orientation option #2 December 15, 2018
First Year School dates January 5, 2019
February 2, 2019
March 2, 2019
April 6, 2019
May 4, 2019
Second Year School dates January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
May 11, 2019
June 1, 2019
Graduation potluck TBD
Summer School July 22-26, 2019
Youth School Open House July 27, 2019


Last updated: July 23, 2018

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