Well, it’s that time of the year again as we scramble to find suitable and enriching camps for our kids. Here is a list of Summer Camps in the San Francisco Bay Area which give the kids a chance to connect with their Indian heritage.
Santa Clara & Mountain View (Enroll for 1-6 weeks at each site)
June 13 – Aug 5
9:30am – 4pm
Ages 5 – 14 ( pre-care and post-care available)
Celebrate Indian culture, languages, arts, festivals, literature, cuisine, and leaders. Weekly themes are brought to life through related arts, dance, games, projects, stories and theatre in a very unique, exciting, creative, interactive, and structured style.
Sponsored by US Hindi Association (USHA), an educational 501c(3) non profit.
Madhu Bhasha Kendra: Madhu Bhasha Kendra’s supplementary education program is accredited by WASC
Summer 2011 – 7 Week Hindi Immersion Program for age 6-11 in Palo Alto
– Cultural Immersion Camp: Full of dance, music, yoga, cricket and eco-friendly activities
– Folk Dances of India Camp: “Folk Dances of India” will take its campers on a tour of India’s Dance Map exposing them to folk dances from different states of India.
– Tales of India Camp: Tales of India Camp explores India’s History through its fables and mythology
– Bollywood Dance Camp: Dance to musical hits from popular Bollywood movies while learning new and original dance steps. Our amazing teachers and choreographers have created special dances just for this camp.
– Hindi Camp: sign your kids up for a hands on, activity based Hindi language camp. Kids will learn Hindi conversational Hindi, the alphabet and rudimentary writing as well. Language will be introduced via songs, stories, role play and various other child-friendly activities.
– Crafts of India Camp: India has a rich craft heritage and art and craft is a part of everyday life in India. Have your children learn about some amazing crafts like Warli Art, Block printing, Batik, Henna designs, Bandhej (tie-die), Rangoli (the art of painting with colored powder, lentils or flowers), vegetable dies, Kantha embroidery and many more.
– BollyHop Camp: This new energetic dance style combines dance moves from Bollywood with Hip Hop
– Gandhi Camp( Overnight Camp): Celebrating its 24rd year of service, the Gandhi Youth camp has given an opportunity to hundreds of our youth to learn Gandhian principles of truthfulness, tolerance and self-help. Daily Activities include: community service projects, Sports, Cultural activities, Discussions, and Friendship-building group games. This overnight camp emphasizes teamwork, leadership and unity.
– Vedic Camp: Imagine a math class of ancient times, where knowledge was passed on as an oral tradition, and the teacher quickly calls or drills out certain numbers to add, subtract, multiply or divide and the children instantly reply with the correct intuitive answers!
– Treasures of the Taj Camp
Information and registration can be found here.
Sanskrit Camps: Samskrita Bharati, San Jose is conducting several summer camps for children and families. The details are given below-
An immersive 3-day residential spoken-Samskritam camp for children and families. NO prior knowledge of Samskritam or Devanagari is required. Learn Samskritam in a fun-filled and interactive way. To register, visit Samskritabharati.org. Early bird discounts available. Venue: Point Bonita, Sausalito, CA
Contact Samskrita Bharati/Vidhya Seshadri: 650-391-5553/Kaarthik Sivakumar: 408-515-6286 for details.
2. Prajna Summer camp for Kids [ Grade 3 to Grade 7].
For teenager 12-17. NO prior knowledge of Samskritam or Devanagari is required. Children will be engaged in various activities like learning yoga, Samskritam , craft , arts etc. Venue: Ortega Park, Sunnyvale, CA
Registration : www.samskritabharati.org. Early bird registrations available.
All levels from ages 5 to 12 (Open to New and Current students)
A phenomenal opportunity for children to be immersed in Kathak and the prestigious holistic teachings of Pandit Chitresh Das, founder of one of the world’s largest Indian classical dance institutions.
* Kathak Dance Technique – movement, compositions & story-telling
* North Indian Classical Music – taal/rhythm, notation & songs
* Cultural Context – ettiquette, history, philosophy
* Arts & Crafts
On July 22nd, South Asian American teenagers from across the San Francisco Bay Area will convene for a life-changing experience. The youth will be attending the first ever Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS), a four-day leadership camp for youth of South Asian heritage seeking to learn about progressive issues, gain organizing skills, connect with other South Asian activists, and develop themselves into leaders. The all-inclusive camp will provide space for young people to learn skills on how to be a social activist, as well as learn about issues affecting the South Asian community both locally and globally.
BASS has been developed by a highly skilled volunteer collective of South Asian American organizers and activists looking to give back to the community by supporting the growth of young leaders. A quick look at BASS’ website at http://www.SolidaritySummer.org shows the breadth of experience of the organizing team, with doctors and lawyers joining political organizers and theatre producers. BASS is a project of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), an all volunteer organization working to educate, organize, and empower Bay Area South Asians.
BASS is open to youth of South Asian heritage ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old. The camp costs only $50, which covers all housing and food expenses for four days and three nights. Held in the beautiful Center for Third World Organizing Training and Retreat Center (often described as the “CTWO Mansion”), the intense camp will cover a wide range of issues such as Creative Arts and Action, Racial Profiling, Hip Hop Revolutionaries, and Environmental Justice. An important component of the curriculum will be a look back at the 100 years of history of South Asian Bay Area student activism.
Are you interested in being a part of BASS, either as a participant or a volunteer? Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If I’ve missed any camps let me know via the feedback form and I will add them. You can also add them in the comments.