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A Typical Day at La Semana

K - 7 Campers

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.

Teen Programs

Junior Teens (those entering grades 8-10) go on field trips for two days of camp week, returning to camp each day by 3:00 p.m. The remainder of the time is spent in classes with a similar focus as those for K-7 campers.

10th graders have a special orientation to the Ayudante program for next year, and will be invited to join the Senior Teen party Friday night after the Fiesta.

Senior Teens spend most of the day placed in classrooms or program areas as Ayudantes (helpers). Senior Teens hear speakers and can choose to attend a teen class and field trip on Wednesday. A party for Senior Teens will be held on Friday evening after the Fiesta.

Life Programs

All K-7 campers have 3 or 4 “Life” programs during the week, dealing with issues of self-esteem, racism, teasing, adoption, etc. Life activities, developed by trained therapists, are age-appropriate and are tested and modified over the years.

Parents of K-3 campers are welcome to sit in on Life sessions at any time, but we ask parents to leave the room for Life programs for grades 4 and up. The presence of adults other than the trained moderator can inhibit a child’s honest expression of feelings. The 4th grade campers will prepare a booklet called “My Story.” The time of the Life session will be announced during camp week. Parents are expected to help their child with this project during the class.





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