Al-Bustan Summer Camp 2012: Ibn Battuta, Moroccan Explorer


Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:00am - Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:00pm
Springside School 8000 Cherokee Street
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Al-Bustan Camp is an Arabic language and cultural day camp where children and youth develop new language skills and appreciate Arab arts and culture while making new friendships and exploring nature. Open to children and youth of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, “Al-Bustan," Arabic for “The Garden”, encourages dialogue, respect, understanding, and celebrates diversity.

Each year, a different theme integrates the various program areas. In 2012, campers will learn about Morocco and the Arab world through the travels of Ibn Battuta.

  • Program for Rising 1st Graders - 8th Graders includes: Art, Percussion, Singing, Drama, Poetry, Science and Arabic.
  • Program for 9th -12th Graders includes: Video-making for half the day, with Arabic, Art, Percussion, and Poetry the other half.

Participants do not need to know Arabic to participate, but must be interested in learning the language. Since understanding culture is a critical part of learning another language, immersion in cultural activities is an integral part of the camp experience.

Al-Bustan Camp brings children and youth together with educators, artists, and professionals of different ages, ethnicities and religious faiths. This creates a camp culture that allows each participant to grow through unique social dynamics that develop over the three weeks of camp. The surrounding natural setting of the adjacent Wissahickon Creek Valley enhances and shapes the campers’ sense of curiosity, playfulness, and cooperation, while allowing time for solitude and reflection in-between collective activities.

Event Type: 
Community Events
Arts and Culture
Global Region: 
Global Region: 
Middle East