YMCA Camp ‘Travels’ To Africa And Australia

Campers show off their didgeridoo skills in Drama. Courtesy/YMCA

Campers participate in a parachute team-building activity. Courtesy/YMCA

The camp Leaders in Training designed their own T-shirts. Courtesy/YMCA

Continuing their explorations around the world, these last two weeks the Y Summer Camp kids and staff participated in activities geared towards understanding the different cultures and traditions in both Africa and Australia.

In Art, campers made their very own Maasai Necklaces, a type of beadwork jewelry that the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania have been handcrafting for hundreds of years. In Drama, campers were able to create music with individually styled didgeridoos, an instrument developed by indigenous tribes in northern Australia. 

The kids participated in many other activities in Art, Drama, Sports, Science and Eco Station that instilled an appreciation and understanding for the diverse traditions, languages, and customs that exist around the world.

In addition to discovering some of the cultures and traditions in Africa and Australia, the campers also participated in other fun activities. Campers have been learning new dances, heightening their creativity in art, learning about environmental responsibility, participating in team-building exercises and more!

Every week, guest speakers from the community are asked to give a presentation to the campers.

This week, the camp welcomed the 911 dispatchers, who came to speak about the safety and the importance of their job. The dispatchers gave the campers toy police cars to help them always keep safety in mind.

Campers show off their Maasai necklaces. Courtesy/YMCA

Making porcupines in art. Courtesy/YMCA

Campers’ Australian artwork. Courtesy/YMCA

Camper makes an octopus from Australia. Courtesy/YMCA

Los Alamos County 911 dispatcher guest speakers talk to the campers. Courtesy/YMCA

Campers complete a lizard puzzle. Courtesy/YMCA

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