My name is Lisa Ibrahim and I moved to the US from Palestine a year and a half ago. As I felt nostalgic for my culture, I began to look for organizations that do work in Arabic culture. Nowadays social media makes it easy for us to find the information we seek, that’s how I… Continue reading Nostalgia for Cultural Heritage: Spending a Day at Al-Bustan Camp
Mokhtar with member of Al-BustanPercussion Ensemble in 2007.Born in Palestine, Mokhtar Bdeir moved to America at a young age. As he reflects on his experience navigating his place in American society, he notes "To me, the journey to discover an identity that could coherently fuse the two halves of my being – the assimilating immigrant… Continue reading Al-Bustan’s Blossomed Seed: Mokhtar Bdeir
"I try to encourage and expand on the camper's natural curiosity," says Hope Willoe, science teacher here at Al-Bustan camp, "That's my science philosophy." Hope began by teaching the youngest campers about habitat. She had them compare Egypt and Philadelphia's habitats. They thought about the various climates and animals in those habitats. She then discussed adaptation of… Continue reading Science: Knowledge is Power! At Al-Bustan’s Camp
Campers filming their mock news broadcast."Filmmaking is the act of tying images and sounds to produce meaning," says Nadia Awad, Al-Bustan's video instructor. At camp, the teen campers are working on understanding fully what goes into that process. Initially, they learned about Egyptian film production and compared film production in the Global North versus the Global South. Nadia… Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action! At Al-Bustan’s Camp
Music is commonly known as a universal language. Umm Kulthum's music is no exception. Although her songs are more than 40 years old, they still speak to listeners, young and old, today. Her songs speak of love, longing, and homeland, and still evoke deep emotions in listeners just as they did when she first sang… Continue reading Don’t Miss a Beat at Al-Bustan’s Camp!
“With art you created a message anchoring the concepts of Arabism, patriotism, and the reclamation of the stolen part of the Arab homeland,” wrote Sudan’s minister of information, as part of his invitation to Umm Kulthum (Lohman, p. 39). Umm Kulthum expressed herself through her music; her songs were a way for her to show her… Continue reading "Faa" is for Funoon (Arts) at Al-Bustan Camp
Arabic is a rich and lyrical language. Here at Al-Bustan's Camp, we integrate language and culture into every aspect of the summer camp. Teachers and counselors strive to use Arabic as frequently as possible in order to challenge the campers and to enforce their lessons. Brahim El Guabli, the Arabic language instructor, and Alia Benammar, teaching assistant,… Continue reading "Alif" is for Umm Kulthum at Al-Bustan’s Camp
Umm Kulthum and her father visit camp and share their stories.First week of camp is almost over, and what a great week it has been! The campers began the week with a chance to "meet" the world-renown singer Umm Kulthum, played by our lovely counselor Rose Daraz. Campers asked her questions in order to learn… Continue reading Drama at Al-Bustan Camp, Where Everyone Has a Story
Summer camp is the highlight of a child's summer. It is what they look forward to that last day of class and it is what they will miss the most that first day of the new school year. It is a place to make new friends, learn more about yourself, and have a great time.… Continue reading Off to a Great Start at Al-Bustan Camp 2013!