How do you say ‘BEST WEEK EVER’ in Spanish?
Cultural Crossroads Through The Eyes of Base Camp
The answer is "la Mejor Semana"
Each summer, for four years now, Base Camp has had the wonderful opportunity to host La Semana, a week-long culture day-camp for children in elementary through high school adopted from Latin America and their family members. For this blog, David Donovan has provided information about this awesome camp. Join us, and take a step out of your cultural comfort zone.
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In the photo with this article, one of our staff watches as campers release letters to their birth families attached to balloons.
This July, Base Camp was excited to welcome back for a fourth year the campers, staff, and volunteer mentors of La Semana. This week-long summer camp for children adopted from countries of Central and South America blends cultural heritage activities with the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of Base Camp programs. It is not very often that our staff get the chance to work with the same youth for an entire week, and the relationships built over this time support even more impactful outcomes.
Quote from the staff
“The most inspiring thing is that campers have the time to return to an experience they had earlier in the week with another opportunity to challenge themselves to improve and grow. One of my campers, Ben, arrived unsure if he wanted to even try rock climbing and just today he made it to the top of the wall,” -Sydney Achler, Lead Guide.
Over the course of five days, campers had the opportunity to build lifelong skills and friendships while participating in activities such as cooking, crafts, dance, community service, and games; all encouraging them to explore traditions from a range of Spanish speaking countries.
Our staff are always eager to hear which country the camp will focus on for the week – and this year it was Colombia. In keeping with this theme, the Base Camp team was tasked with offering our own version of the country’s national pastime, tejo. This proved to be a fun challenge, as, traditionally, this popular game involves throwing heavy metal objects at a target many meters away where there are packets of black powder designed to explode on impact! The success of our version was measured in the number laughs that were had and the lack of any injuries.
We look forward to the return of these campers next July, when we will be looking for fun ways to now bring a Cuban flavor to our program. ¡Hasta luego!