Concordia University, St. Paul's Hmong Culture and Language Program is hosting its 10th annual summer day camp for Pre-K through 12th-grade students, titled "Building Cultural Bridges", July 23-August 2 on the Concordia campus.
Students from more than 20 language groups attend the camp, which involves the study of literacy, languages, craft making, guitar playing, dance, writing, Hmong and other cultural activities, gardening, tennis and other sports, nutrition, science, with opportunities to explore life on a university campus. Campers are organized in age specific groups facilitated by the student leaders.
Instructors are college students studying to be teachers, as well as local community teachers/leaders, and artists. Both teachers and youth leaders are primarily bilingual.
To commemorate the camp's 10th anniversary students are creating a mural as part of a community art project. In addition, campers are participating in several service-learning programs.
A community celebration will be held at the conclusion of the two-week camp featuring student performances and projects on Friday, Aug. 2 at 12 p.m., in the Buetow Music Center Auditorium. The celebration is free and open to the public.