An annual summer camp for children of latin american heritage in Minnesota
La Semana is a week-long, culture camp for children in elementary through high school adopted from Latin America and their family members. Different from traditional summer camps, La Semana is designed to promote self-esteem and foster an understanding of Latin American culture and history. The children learn Latin American crafts and dances, try Latin American foods, hear Latin American music and are exposed to written and spoken Spanish. The children also take a class that focuses on age-appropriate topics related to adoption.
A typical day for elementary campers includes a craft activity, dance practice in preparation for the Friday Fiesta, Spanish activities, a “Life” session, a presentation or activity related to the year’s specialty, a lunch break, and one or two recess times to burn off energy or hang out with friends. All activities are age-appropriate, interactive and hopefully fun.
Because Christianity is a large part of Latin American culture, your child may hear about Christian holidays, traditions, etc. La Semana is a non-denominational camp open to children of all beliefs and any discussion of religion is only as it pertains to Latin culture.
Typically, Junior Teens (those entering grades 8-10) go on field trips for their programming, returning by 3:00 p.m. The week is filled with new activities and La Semana favorites. On Friday, programming may include a Quinceanero ceremony and Amigo party.
Senior Teens (those entering grade 11 through spring ’13 high school graduates) spend most of the day placed in classrooms or program areas as Ayudantes (helpers). After-camp activities are planned, such as an Alumni Panel, a catered meal and Talent Show, and a field trip to Valley Fair. A party for Senior Teens is held on Friday evening after Fiesta.
The camp takes place July 24 – July 28, 2017 at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, MN.Learn More and Register