Thirty years ago a culture camp for children adopted from Colombia was held at the Minnesota Science Museum. La Semana has grown from attendance in the double digits to a camp welcoming 425 children born in over 20 different countries traveling from their homes in 14 different states and Canada for a week of fun, friendship and culture with other families created through adoption. This year crafts, Spanish, dance class, life, food, fun, friendship and Fiesta make La Semana a week to remember and look forward to each year.
Campers spend each day rotating through different classes. They learn some Spanish. They spend time in "Specialty," which is the study of a different country each year. In "Life" they learn about adoption issues, presented at age appropriate levels. "Dance" teaches campers authentic Latin dances, using authentic costumes. They will show off their dancing at the Friday evening Fiesta.
There are also special events on different days. La Semana kicks off with a flag ceremony first thing Reading Book Monday morning. Wednesday is Market Day where the hallways are lined with crafts, books and authentic merchandise available for purchase by campers and their parents. On Thursday, an authentic Latin meal is provided for lunch. La Semana culminates with a Fiesta Friday evening where all the campers show off the dances they've learned during camp.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Planning Committee.