2013 Telem Camp

Telem Camp 2013 returned to Club Getaway in Kent, CT for three days of Exploring Africa through a variety of exciting workshops. From July 24th – 26th, 64 campers and 21 workshop leaders and counselors participated in:

Citizen Journalism Photography workshop with Brennan Cavanaugh – Campers in this workshop documented the goings on of camp, and were guided and critiqued towards taking personalized and unique documentary photographs. Student photographs were included in this year’s Family Day Slide Show Presentation.

Ndebele Dolls with Maria Domenech and Marta Del Rosario – Campers in this workshop learned about the African art form of doll-making within the Ndebele tribe found in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ndebele dolls are made to mark a turning point in a tribe member’s life: wedding, courtship, becoming a “man”, etc. Workshop participants identified “turning points” or life accomplishments and used recyclable materials (such as empty water bottles, Danimals yogurt smoothie cups) to create their own Ndebele dolls marking these events.

Telling the African Story Radio workshop with Veralyn Williams – Campers in this workshop considered how the media depicts Africa and if they saw themselves, their friends, or families represented when they turned on the TV. They explored Africans in the media and developed guidelines for telling an authentic African story.

Tie dyeing with Sue Coleman – Campers learned how to prep, tie and dye their own Telem Camp t-shirts.

Utamaduni Jewelry Making with Mercy Chumo – Utamaduni meaning culture in Swahili, this workshop gave campers the opportunity to create one of a kind Kenyan style necklaces, bracelets and anklets.

The Great Debaters workshop with Stephanie Arthur – Camper learned the fundamentals of public speaking and debating then participated in a mock debate on the topic “My Africa is Beautiful”

Let’s Chat with Marilyn Alfred and Samuella Brewah – guided campers in a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of social media.

Friendship Bracelets with Denise Kearney – Campers learned how to create friendship bracelets using the colors of the flag of various African countries.

African storytelling with Diana Musa and Almamy Seray Wurie – tapping into the rich African oral tradition of storytelling, campers enjoyed stories with lessons about magic, stubbornness, greed while enjoying smores around a campfire.

Healthy Choices Discussion with Leeann Rizk – Older campers asked questions in a supportive space and discussed how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

Mural painting with Linda Musa and Rugiatu Bahr – Campers painted flags of different African nations and various scenes of life in Africa.

Campers also enjoyed a variety of Club Getaway activities including zip line, climbing wall, mountain biking, bungee trampoline, swimming and themed nightly dance parties.

Telem Idol took place on the last day of camp and gave camper and counselor groups the opportunity to share their talents and show the different ways they had explored Africa.

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