“Rise Up and Green the Bronx” Free Summer Camp 2013
Rise up and Respect the Bronx! Free Summer Camp 2013
June 28th- July 9th Including One Week Upstate Camping with parent/guardian!
Come join our exciting camp for 8-12 years olds! Free for all!
The camp offers Free Organic Lunch and Snacks
The Summer Youth Camp will:
Grow plants to improve lung health! Learn all about the different wild life!
Visit butterflies and their environments!
Canoe, Yoga, Sing, Swim, tree climb!
Make art, giant puppets, have a parade and so much more!
Description of Our Program!
Our camp promotes responsibility and learning through thinking, teamwork and action. We learn and play with nature, rising up to respect who and where we come from.
Call right now to register, early bird gets the worm!
Location and Drop-off at:
Padre Plaza Community Garden – St. Anns and 139th
Camp Dates: June 28th- July 9th
9am- 3pm June 28th and 29th Padre Plaza Garden
June 30th- July 7th Overnight trip, parents and kids - camping upstate
9am - 3pm July 8th -9th Padre Plaza Garden
Applications & more Info please contact:
Aresh Javadi at More Gardens! 917-518-9987 or email@example.com
“Rise Up and Green the Bronx Visioning Year”
2012 Free Environmental Summer Camp
Where would you go to find and learn about thousands of free roaming insects, birds, mammals, and many other types of fauna and flora? Right here in the South Bronx amongst the community gardens, parks and botanicals.
By means of fun investigation and cooperative activities the campers will become educators and spokespersons of the neighborhood.
The intention of this camp is to promote the sense of responsibility in the campers, elevating their degree of conscience on the environment, and encouraging them to respect who and where they originate.
The campers will learn to work in teams to unravel a project for the beauty of the community. Each day they will be able to elect different roles (investigator, photographer, journalist, leader of the team, prompt) that will help them in their explorations and projects.
This is the Eighth year of the summer camp, which was received with great support from community members, making its home in Padre Plaza Success gardens. We are proud to say that we provide a youth mentorship component which trains 3 youths as camp counselors during the summertime. We also employ 5 local community members as staff to support the success of the camp, which helped to strengthen relationships and cultivate resources for this coming year.
The project will be taking youth from the city, many of them for the first time, on 8 day trip to connect with the woods upstate.
This camp is free for up to 18 campers ages 8-12.
The Project will deliver:
Organic (an local when possible) food and refreshments throughout the camp.
Youth engaging in cooperative games & learning
Environmental education about the neighborhood's rich green spaces
Going on day trips to:
Local community gardens and urban farm
Campers cooperative work shops on the weekly themes of:
Earth:: Composting, Herbal plantings, Tree of life,
Water: Water Cycle, Filtration, Water catchment
Air: Herbal infusion, Kite making
Fire: Banner-making, Puppet making, Performance
“Rise Up” parade and musical celebration.
Our expected outcomes are:
More youth awareness of their power to connect with and improve their green environment.
Connecting with sacred geometry’s power by creating physical art works in our community garden.
Improving the health and well being of each camper and their immediate neighborhood. One example is the campers planting herbs and making teas and herbal infusions to increase lung health.
The adventures and explorations in past years have included the following themes:
1) Responsibility and teamwork is presented to the campers. In addition, as the concepts of the camp, the campers play of welcome, and participate in healthy exercises. We introduce the idea to interpret roles, and we do amusing activities to teach the rules of the garden. The gardeners of "SBUG" show us their gardens, and the internal youths direct visits to the garden and to other places of the neighborhood.
2) The plants and the mushrooms: A herbarium and a naturalist direct the campers in a walk to identify the plants. The campers learn the basic structures of the plants, they plant vegetables and herbs, take registration of the different leaves, and creatures that are found in the bushes. The campers also learn how to take care of the gardens, and finally we visit the botanical garden.
3) The birds: A representative of the Company Audubon guides the camp in identification of the birds, carries us of walk learning about the birds and its different trills and calls. We will create cafés and a home for the birds with the organization S.E.E.D.S., and we will create habitats for them in the jardin. This week will be a good opportunity to do disguises and to create art inspired by the birds! Besides, Troy Lancaster, founder of the Sanctuary of Birds Dred Scott welcomes us to its garden.
4) The insects: An expert of the insects meets with us to study the nature of the insects designing decoys and discovering the secret dens (and not so secret) of the insects. The campers will learn to identify the insects with the use of a "key of the insects", on camouflage, and they discover the importance of the role of the insects in the environment.
5) The worms (the guarantee, etc. ..): Preparing guarantee is a fascinating activity! In this week, the children will learn how to do a bucket of guarantee and a box for the worms. Also in this week we are going to think in our projects in service of the gardens and the community. Finally, as a special activity we will be the guests of the Park of Pelham Bay to study the life of the sea!
6) The small mammals: We will learn of our ancestors and other brothers mammals of the Bronx. In the local library, we will learn to do investigation. To learn the behavior of the animals we observe the mammals of the garden and we play to connect and to act like our animal friends. We will carry out surveys of the animals of different places, and we will learn about the alimentary chain by the "play of the network of life". We will begin to create our puppets for our Barbecue of the End of the Summer.
7) Interdependency, Identity and Leadership: The Garden Common Cultural Native Corner meets with us to share something of local history, cultural appreciation and lessons on how touch the drums. We bring native American historians to bring us some of the history of the Bronx and her people. We do interviews with local community gardeners and their outlay. We create maps of the neighborhood with "Green Map". By means of the encounter with the people of the neighborhood, the campers are going to discover their own role in the community.
8) Integration, Recycling, and Reunion Final: The families and head common they are welcome this week in the meantime the campers complete their projects of service and they share them with the group. People in stilts and other actors will meet with us for our parade and exposition of the talents of the campers, celebrating the work that all they did in the camp and everything that we enjoy together. There is a weekend trip and adventure to an upstate farm in connecting to the bigger picture of where our food comes from with a big barbecue and fun games.
There will be an presentation and celebration of these art-work to the neighborhood at the community garden on our final week.
For more Information!
Aresh Javadi - Co-Director, 917-518-9987, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Temple-West - Co-Director 917-548-9306, email@example.com
Leroy Huston - Coordinator, (718) 993-3519, firstname.lastname@example.org