Mis Amigos Culture Day Camp is for adopted children of Latino heritage and their siblings. This annual summer camp is a celebration of their birth cultures and of the adoptive families to which they belong. It takes place at a church in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C. Children who have attended Mis Amigos in past years say that the camaraderie with other adopted Latino kids and the great classes make this one of their best camp experiences of the summer.
Children entering kindergarten through 8 th grade in the fall are eligible as regular campers; high school teens work as volunteers at the camp and participate in activities on and off campus. They also take part in a full-day team building activity the day before camp begins.
I like culture camp because I get to be with friends I don't see very often and do fun activities.
The camp runs Sunday through Saturday; an opening welcome ceremony is held early Sunday evening; campers attend Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 P.M.; and on Saturday afternoon a fiesta is held for campers, families and friends. Campers take part in art, dance, music and Latin culture classes taught by local members of the Latino community. All campers also participate in a service project to benefit children in Latin America or the local community. Other activities throughout the week may include cooking Latino food, live music, storytellers, speakers from the Latino community, and field trips.
On one afternoon, the older half of campers go to a local outdoor splash park and the youngest children have an afternoon of water play at the camp.
Fees are $175/child; $200 for non-LAPA members (the extra $25 buys a membership in LAPA-NCR). Registration information is available on this website in January. The camp has filled every year, so please register early.
We depend on volunteers to run the camp (the teaching staff is paid) and strongly urge parents to participate. There is a tuition discount for at least 4 days of volunteering during the week of camp, or doing significant pre-camp planning. For volunteers who have underage children, we have a pre-school group who are incorporated into the activities of the camp as much as possible at no extra cost.
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