OBG CampCaribe Spring 2011; Youth Day in Cameroon

Hi everyone!
Aren’t you glad we’re Friday? *grin*

I’m thrilled to share the following news with you: The 2011 OBG CampCaribe – Giving Girls a World View! Here’s a description from OneBrownGirl.com® Adventure Camp Webpage (OBGAC):

CampCaribe is “a unique and exciting travel & learning adventure program that whisks away ethnically diverse tween girls from their day-to-day routine and exposes them to an environment rich with culture, environmental appreciation, water & beach activities and camaraderie…straight to Cinnamon Bay, CampCaribe’s home away from home on the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands National Park!

2011 water and beach activities include a dolphin encounter (!) while on a day trip to the British Virgin Islands, swimming, snorkeling, a sailing excursion, jet-ski rides and beach volleyball, as well as a day trip to Coral World and various plantation ruins, African/Caribbean dance, storytelling, cultural appreciation (Culture Night), sharing (Show N Tell Night), arts and crafts, team games, and environmental education. Open to girls from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, girls sleep 4 per cabin.

Registration info:
1. Open to girls 11-16
2. Deadline to register: Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011
3. The camp takes place on April 22, 2011 – May 3, 2011
4. Last time I checked (minutes before this went online), there was only room for 4 more campers.
5. Partial scholarship available.
Click here for more information, including the registration requirements.

The awesomeness continues, but we need your help! Here’s a message regarding the scholarships, from Tracey Friley, the executive director of the camp:
My goal is to collect $40 from 40 people by 3/1/11 & I’m matching all donations. The $40 is tax deductible! 24 donations so far (note: as of Wednesday Feb. 9).”

Click here to contribute.
Although OBG Adventure Camps is an independent camp, CampCaribe is brought to you by its fiscal agent, The Kemet Foundation, a California non-profit 501(c)(3). FEIN 26-3351704.

Isn’t this a wonderful initiative? Spread the word?
A big thanks to Tracey for her hard work and inspirational activities, as they empower girls and women of all horizons.

Note about Tracey Friley MBA: She is an award winning entrepreneur, creator & Executive Director of OBG Adventure Camps, OneBrownGirl.com® & the Multicultural Camp Association.

I can’t conclude this post without mentioning Youth Day.
February 11 is Youth Day in Cameroon–my country of origin, the land of my ancestors. On this special day children of all ages are publicly celebrated. They prepare for months for the occasion: They learn songs and traditional dances; they memorize poetry from our national authors; the musically gifted practice with pride. Feb. 11 arrives, officials and parents get ready. All wear fancy clothes. They sit and line up along the colorful roads decorated for the occasion. Then the children and teens, dressed in their school uniform, march, sing and dance. It doesn’t stop there. I was one of those kids. I remember the school preparing small gift baskets for us (generally filled with a few candies), and parents making celebratory meals at home.

So I need to say, to the youth of my country, and to all celebrating kids today: Happy Youth Day! Good work. Make us proud. 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Nathalie
Edited 02.12.2011 to add donation link for CampCaribe.

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About Nathalie Mvondo

Nathalie Mvondo lives in Northern California and studies anthropology and nutrition. She is a writer and a blogger.
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5 Responses to OBG CampCaribe Spring 2011; Youth Day in Cameroon

  1. So neat! I bet you could write a great PB about Youth day. YOu could mine your own memories for the meat of the text!

    hugs,
    Donna

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  2. Linda Covella says:

    I love the sound of Youth Day! We should have something like that here!!

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