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History’s Mysteries

Famous Disappearances

The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean that connects Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. But it isn’t just a body of water; it’s a place of legendary mystery. Why? More than 50 ships and 20 airplanes are said to have strangely disappeared there, including all of their passengers and cargo.

Get your scuba gear ready because we’re about to go underwater to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, plus another famous disappearing act while we’re at it. (Just kidding. No scuba gear required.)

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Paper
  • A ruler
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils



Ask About Today

What did you learn about the Bermuda Triangle today? What do you think really happened there?

Dinner Discussion

Of the many records Amelia Earhart broke in her lifetime, which one do you think was most significant to her legacy? Why?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.


30-60 minutes

Let's start with the facts, then go underwater.


Explaining the Bermuda Triangle

Learn all about scientists’ theory that could explain the weird disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Are they right? You be the judge.


Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.


50 Shockers

Next, check out some facts about the Bermuda Triangle that will blow your mind.



Go underwater to visit one of the most famous shipwrecks still "alive" in the Bermuda Triangle.


One More Wreck

If you liked that one, check out the oldest shipwreck ever discovered, in the depths of the Black Sea.

For younger explorers

Mr. DeMaio's Bermuda Triangle

Learn about the Bermuda Triangle from Mr. DeMaio and his furry assistant.


15-45 minutes

A paper boat won't sink, will it?


Build a Boat

Make a paper boat and test it out in the bathtub or sink. Does it float? If you have a sibling at home, try racing your boats.

For younger explorers

A Boat Called Cyclops

This is a picture of a boat called The USS Cyclops. The USS Cyclops sank in the Bermuda Triangle in 1918. The USS Cyclops was nearly 550 feet long, with a crew of 306 people on board and it seemed to just vanish without a trace. The wreck has never been found.

Pretend you are a world-famous scuba diver who finds the wreckage of The USS Cyclops underwater. Write a short report on your discovery. Include details on what the old wreckage looks like and what you have discovered.


15-30 minutes

Read all about another famous disappearance in history: the mystery of Amelia Earhart.


The Disappearing Pilot

Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. But nearly 90 years later, her disappearance has still not been fully solved. Did her plane crash? Or maybe it sank? So much is a mystery still, but learn more about her life and what may—may not—have happened to her.

For younger explorers

Meet Amelia Earhart

Explore this National Geographic for Kids timeline of Amelia Earhart’s life.


15-30 minutes

Wrap up this week of mysteries with a math mystery.


Math Mystery

How sharp are your math—and sleuthing—skills? Try your hand at these SolveMe Mystery Grids.


30-60 minutes

Hone your swimming skills...no pool required!


Work That Core

Did you know that people have actually been known to swim in the Bermuda Triangle? (That's no backyard pool.) Having good core strength is the key to great swimming, and the University of Nebraska has one of the best swim teams in the country. Try this swimmer’s conditioning exercises. Eighteen minutes of this every day will get you in swimming shape (and tire you out!) in no time.

more to explore

15 minutes

Want to sink deeper into the Bermuda Triangle? Explore some more!


Treasure Island

The largest treasure trove ever discovered is sitting at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Colombia, where it's going to stay...for now.