Africa Camp

About Africa Camp

Its been a year – we are glad you made it! In Summer 2021 we aim to hold half day camp over on Saturday mornings in July and August outside and in person.  Numbers will be limited, and covid protocols followed as per health guidelines at the time. If you would like to know more, please contact us at education@bringonthesunshine.ca 

We are recruiting youth and adult volunteers for summer projects – please email the same address for more information.

Why Camp?

Africa Camp has been a one week day camp that has been running since 2010 and has seen numbers grow from 12 campers to over 60, with an adjacent young leaders program that offers training and support to the youth who work at several camps through out the region. An important part of camp is developing youth leaders, so that every level of camper can see themselves reflected in the Camp Directors, youth leadership and guests. Because you have to grow roots before you can grow wings! 

Africa Culture Camp is aimed at promoting healthy communities using arts to promote self-esteem and an understanding of diverse cultures and identities. Most years, it is a one-week, day camp open to Black children, children of African descent and  to families who would like their children to have a diverse cultural experiences.

Why does it matter?

What Happens at Camp?

Children coming to Africa Camp participate in learning about Africa and African Culture through a range of activities from people with lived experience of both worlds. Dance, music, stories, sports, games and crafts, all focus on the constructive use of time as children learn to use their own using creativity to entertain and communicate.

Developmental assets included in the camp program are: Interpersonal and Social Competencies, Positive Values of Integrity. Equality and Social Justice are components of the camp program through the value of “Growing up Global” encouraging children and youth to become responsible global citizens.

Where did Camp start?

Ten years ago we set out to provide African kids with abundant reasons for them to be proud and confident of their heritage. Bring on the Sunshine  initiated the camp and invited the African Canadian Association of Waterloo and Region (ACAWRA) and the University of Waterloo African Students Association (UWASA) to partner in delivering early camps.

Our camps have been a wonderful mixture of music, creativity, dance, storytelling, mentoring, modeling, crafts and celebration. Over the years our programming and attendance has grown, while many of our kids have matured. Today, some who first joined as campers are making their way into leadership roles at the camp, with all the challenges that can bring.