Registration is now open for the 2014 Camp Musubi. Just like in previous years, we're still in Little Tokyo, but now the program has moved to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC). The 2014 Camp will be held on July 14-18, 2014. Our early bird registration deadline is Friday, May 16, so SAVE $20 and register by then! JACCC members can also now save an additional $25. Space is limited, so sign up now!
Camp Musubi is a weeklong day camp that uses fun activities to teach middle-school-aged youth about Japanese American heritage. The goal of the camp is to spark interest in the Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interaction. Participants will learn from a variety of cultural artists and community leaders and do group activities with a college-aged leader.
Camp Musubi, a Japanese American Heritage Experience has been in existence since 2002 and has impacted hundreds of youth and their families by sharing the Japanese American community experience through a week-long middle-school day camp during the summer. Annually, the program requires additional funding to help keep the costs for families down and to ensure the current level of staffing and programmatic excellence.
Date: July 14 - July 18, 2014
The activities will include a combination of cultural experiences, games, and field trips. Campers are placed in small groups and paired with a college-aged "counselor." Cultural workshops may include taiko drumming, ikebana (floral arrangement), martial arts, creative writing, papermaking, cooking, calligraphy, etc. Guest speakers will include cultural artists, Japanese American professionals as well as people from community groups. Past participants have gone on a scavenger hunt throughout Little Tokyo and visited various sites such as the Japanese American National Museum, Manzanar National Historical Park, Terminal Island and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB. A fun trip and a picnic are also part of the program.
Camp Musubi welcomes any middle school-aged student entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the following fall..
Camp Musubi will be held at:
*There will be various off-site locations throughout Little Tokyo as well as a field trip during the week.
Camp Musubi offers extended care at the JACCC from 4:00-5:30pm for an additional fee of $40.
Activities will include a combination of cultural experiences, games and field trips. Cultural workshops may include taiko, ikebana, martial arts, papermaking, cooking, calligraphy, etc. Guest speakers will include cultural artists, Japanese American professionals and athletes as well as representatives from community groups.
Past participants have gone on scavenger hunts through Little Tokyo and visited various sites such as the Manzanar National Historic Park, the Japanese American National Museum, Terminal Island and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB.
Check out Camp Musubi's Flickr to see more photos from last years Camp Musubi ProgramClick here
Applications for Camp Musubi Counselors are now available. Counselors must be currently enrolled college students in Spring 2014, Counselors will be expected to be available for the entire period of the camp (July 14-18, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and attend a full-day training on Sunday, June 22 in Little Tokyo. Counselors who successfully complete their terms as counselors will be eligible for an educational scholarship of $400-$500. To get an application, please download one here.
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Camp Musubi is a summer week-long day camp rooted in exposing middle school students a Japanese American heritage experience with activities ranging from cultural workshops such as taiko and ikebana to taking field trips to historic landmarks like Manzanar National Hisoric Park and Terminal Island.
The goal of Camp Musubi is to spark interest in the Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interactions with people in the community.
In April 2002, nearly 60 Nikkei community leaders met to discuss and settle on a plan to conductan extensive “Nikkei Heritage Camp” program which would meet several goals:
With the success of the first Camp Musubi program in 2003, Camp Musubi has since impacted hundreds of youth and their families by introducing participants to various community resources, sharing the history of the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, and cultivating connections amongst participants.