Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp

July 28 – August 4, 208Volunteer dates including travel
July 30 – August 2, 2018Camp dates

About the Camp

Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp (PFLC) was launched in 2013 to provide a chance for children from the Baltimore Presbytery and the Upper Sioux Community in Granite Falls, MN to get to know each other and keep their minds active during the summer months.

We provide reading, math and science lessons in a fun, hands-on way that engages the children. Older children receive instruction using LEGO Robotics and GIS mapping. We also have Dakota art and culture and organized outdoor games.

Camp Format

The camp is 4 days long, from 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM, and is divided into three age groups – preschool, elementary, and middle school. Family and community members are invited to Family Night for dinner and sharing of camp activities on Thursday.

Opportunities for Building Fellowship and Mutual Understanding

The Baltimore and Dakota Presbytery participants have many opportunities for fellowship during the week.  The Baltimore and Upper Sioux campers find many times during the week to play sports and hang out together at the Upper Sioux Community Center. An intergenerational kickball game and pizza dinner was one of the highlights of the 2017 camp season.  Upper Sioux youth and Baltimore youth have also enjoyed a movie night and sleep over in past camp seasons. We worship at the Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church, believed to be the longest continuously operated Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River and in the evenings Upper Sioux elders and other members of the community speak about their art, other cultural practices and history. Members also drop by for dinner and to chat.

Volunteer Requirements

Pejuhutazizi offers a family experience where entire families are invited to participate as either campers or volunteers.  We are seeking 15 – 17 volunteers and 5 – 7 campers for the PFLC camp.  Volunteers will be comprised of a mixture of high school and college students, parents, and other adults of all ages.  Camp staff must have finished 9th grade by the end of the school year.

Training

Mandatory staff training is provided so that all staff members will feel prepared for a successful learning camp week. The training will include mandatory child protection training, mandatory cultural sensitivity training, staff building experiences, and information regarding the camp.

Accommodations

Volunteers stay at the Upper Sioux Community gymnasium or if sleeping on a gym floor is a hardship, the Granite Falls Super Motel.  In general family units and teens are expected to stay in the Community Center.  All meals will be eaten together in the Community Center.

Some background with children is helpful as camp staff members need to be comfortable around children and interested in forming relationships with the campers and their families.

Opportunities for Learning, Travel, and Fun

Various field trip opportunities are available for volunteers, including visits to the Lower Sioux Interpretive Center and Pipestone National Monument and the Upper Sioux Wacipi on August 3, 2018.

Contact Information

Pejuhutazizi@Baltimoredakotalearningcamps.org

 

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