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.
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.
For specific activities for this year’s camp, please go to the General Camp Info page.
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.