Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp

July 29 – August 5, 2017Volunteer dates including travel
July 31 – August 3, 2017Camp 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 kids. Older children receive instruction using LEGO Robotics. We also have Dakota art and culture and organized outdoor games.  Each child is also encouraged to select books to keep at home from our giving library.

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. Snacks and lunch are prepared for the children and staff each day. 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 basketball and kickball and go swimming and also enjoy the Thursday night sleepover. 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

Unlike other BDLC Learning Camps, Pejuhutazizi offers a family experience.  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 child protection training, 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 4, 2017.

Contact Information

Pejuhutazizi@Baltimoredakotalearningcamps.org

 

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