REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2018!
STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS FOR NEXT YEAR'S PROGRAM!

Our popular summer youth camp, CampNWMI, is back!  Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community, camp will be offered for two weeks again this summer for youth ages 3 to 14! Campers will participate in enjoyable age-appropriate activities that help nurture Islamic identity through fostering of peer relationships, daily prayer in congregation, and learning Islamic ethics in a way that youth like most: experiential fun!! Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today. The registration form can be found below. 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • Dates: (Participants can sign up for one week or both)

    • Session One: Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 2018

    • Session Two: Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 2018

  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland. (Same location as last year. As a precautionary measure, the exact address will be provided only to those registered, in a follow up registration confirmation email.)

  • Camp hours: 
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily (full day for ages 3 to 14) 
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm daily (optional half day for ages 3 & 4)          

  • Early drop-off: Available at 8:15 am for an additional charge of $25 per child, per week. 

  • No After Care this year: due to low enrollment.                                                       

  • Fee: 
    $285 for a one-week full day session per camper  OR
    $500 for a two-week full day session per camper OR
    $175 for a one-week half-day session per camper OR
    $300 for a two-week half-day session per camper.
     A $35 sibling discount is available. 

  • Scholarships: A fee reduction is available based on need. To inquire, please contact Mona Eldadah, Camp Director, at mona@nwmi.org.

NEW THIS YEAR FOR OUR YOUNGEST CAMPERS!

Many 3 and 4 year-olds want to join the action but still need a nap mid-day. A half-day option, at a reduced rate, is now available! Campers in this age-group enjoy circle time with Islamic themed finger plays and simple songs, daily crafts (cutting, gluing, painting, etc.), indoor free play (the Waldorf School where the camp is held is replete with natural playthings that stimulate creativity) and a daily snack is provided. 

Campers in this age group who choose to stay the full day will have lunch and a visit as quiet observers at congregational prayer where they learn a bit about prayer etiquette through the modeling of the teachers and older camp participants. These nurturing experiences help strengthen Islamic identity and a sense of community that is so important for healthy development.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMP! 

  • Friday Field Day and Festival: Each week of camp will end with a celebratory day.  Campers will come together outdoors to enjoy relays, carnival-style games, popcorn and snow cones!
     

  • Camp-wide sports: Each day of camp ends with a communal time together on the playground, where siblings and friends can reunite through active play...water balloons included!
     

  • Daily snacks: Though students will bring their own bagged lunch, at the end of each day a daily snack of either watermelon or popsicles will be offered.                                                                                                                                      

  • Before care: You asked and we listened! In order to support working parents, an early drop off option is offered -- more time for more fun! 
     

CampNWMI is proud to offer our youth the opportunity to gain confidence, learn new skills, strengthen their Islamic identity, and make lasting memories. All are welcome but space is limited so register today!

VOLUNTEER!

Are you a young adult eager to impact the next generation of American Muslims?

Are you a parent wanting to lend a hand to make Camp NWMI better than ever?

Are you a teen needing to fulfill the Student Service Learning (SSL) requirement and looking for a meaningful way to get involved?  

Then join us at CampNWMI! Volunteers are always welcome!

Please fill out the registration form below indicating your availability and preferences.  We will find a fulfilling role for you! 

VOLUNTEER

NWMI CAMPS IN THE NEWS:

MashaAllah, our widely acclaimed camp has been the focus of much positive media coverage! Please click below to learn more: 

Washington Post article about Camp 2016

Aljazeera article about Camp 2014

The Washington Diplomat about Camp 2014 

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • Dates: (Participants can sign up for one week or both)

    • Session One: Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 2018

    • Session Two: Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 2018

  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland (Same location as last year. As a precautionary measure, the exact address will be provided only to those registered, in a follow up registration confirmation email)

  • Camp hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily.  

  • Early drop-off: Available at 8:15 am for an additional charge of $25 per child, per week. 

  • No After Care this year: due to low enrollment.  

  • Fee:  New!! Early Bird Discount if registered by May 1st: 
    $250 for a one-week session per camper OR
    $450 for a two-week session per camper.
    After May 1st the cost is $285 per camper for each one-week session. A $35 sibling discount is available. The sibling discount cannot be combined with the Early Bird Discount.

  • Scholarships: A fee reduction is available based on need. To inquire, please contact Mona Eldadah, Camp Director, at mona@nwmi.org.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! 

  • Before and after care: You asked and we listened! In order to support working parents, both before and after care are offered this year for the first time-- more time for more fun! 

  • Friday Field Day and Festival: Each week of camp will end with a celebratory day.  Campers will come together outdoors to enjoy relays, carnival-style games, popcorn and snow cones!

  • Camp-wide sports: Each day of camp ends with a communal time together on the playground, where siblings and friends can reunite through active play...water balloons included!

  • Daily snacks: Though students will bring their own bagged lunch, at the end of each day a daily snack of either watermelon or popsicles will be offered. 

  • Archery: Campers ages 10 to 14 have the unique opportunity to learn this time-honored skill that teaches patience, strength, and focus. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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What is CampNWMI’s philosophy?

We believe that a high-quality program will promote the long-term spiritual and social development of youth campers. We believe in creating a positive, supportive environment in which youth learn about Islam with meaning and relevance to their lives as American-Muslims. We believe in modeling Islamic values of patience, integrity, and respect for all. We are committed to making each camper feel valued and to motivating each camper to rise to his/her best self.

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How are campers placed into a class?

Campers are divided into classes based on age. All classes are co-ed. 

Classes are divided into the following age groups:

  • 3-4 years old (nap encouraged)

  • 4-5 years old (rest time, but no nap)

  • 6-7 years old

  • 8-9 years old

  • 10-11 years old

  • 12-14 years old

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Will my child be with his younger/older friend/cousin/sibling?

Campers are divided into classes based on age.  This year we have planned additional daily camp-wide activities to allow friends and family divided by class lines to be together. Teachers in consecutive ages may also collaborate for certain activities such as charity projects or outdoor sports. That said, we try to accommodate special requests for campers to be together with their friends and family when possible. 

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What are camp-wide activities?

Camp-wide activities are just that – activities in which campers ages 6 to 16 will participate. Camp-wide activities include congregational prayer: Salat-ul-Dhuhr, in addition to our day-end tradition: a snack and outdoor sports time. Both the before and aftercare will also be comprised of multiple age groups.

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In the camp-wide activities description, campers in the 3-5-year-old class were omitted, why?

So that our youngest campers are not overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and energy of their older peers, it is at the teacher’s discretion to have the youngest ones participate when appropriate.

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What is the program for the 3-5-year-old age group?   

The 3 to 4 year-olds will be in one class with a daily schedule that includes a naptime.  There is a separate class for the 4-5-year-olds, with a daily schedule that includes a quiet rest time, but no naptime. Both classes will do similar activities - indoor free play (the Waldorf School where camp is held is replete with natural playthings that stimulate creativity), circle time with Islamic themed finger plays and simple songs, daily crafts (cutting, gluing, painting, etc.), outdoor play (sometimes with water play and popsicles), lunch, and a visit as quiet observers each day at congregational prayer where they learn a bit about prayer etiquette through the modeling of the teachers and older camp participants. A daily snack is provided.

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What food will be provided?

During the outdoor game time at the end of the day, Monday through Thursday, a snack of watermelon and/or popsicles will be offered.  Friday will be a celebratory day with popcorn and snow cones provided. (Snow cones are sweetened with 100% fruit juice concentrate, with no artificial colors or flavors). Pizza will be available for purchase, for any interested campers.

A daily morning snack will be provided for the youngest campers ages 3-5 years old. All age groups should also arrive to camp with a packed lunch that is nut-free.  

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What should my child bring to camp?

Each day campers should arrive with a backpack filled with a sunhat (we will play outside!), an extra set of clothes (if change is needed after art projects or water play), a nut-free lunch (with the exception of Friday, where pizza will be provided), and a water bottle.

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Is technology (cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods, mp3 players, etc.) allowed at camp?

Such devices will be allowed only if campers need to communicate with their parents. To ensure campers are fully engaged in their activities and to ensure their valuables stay safe, we ask that electronic devices be left at home when possible. If not, we ask that during camp hours all such devices are tucked away.

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Why is before care only $25?

To help accommodate working parents we have orchestrated an early drop off program.  Starting at 8:15am campers will play on the playground and connect with their peers before the camp day officially begins. Sports balls, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, sand pit and supervision provided.  Before care is open to all ages. To ensure high quality care at all times, parents must sign their kids into the early drop off program each morning. After signing your child in at the foyer of the school, a teen volunteer will escort your child to the before care program on the playground.

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How early can I drop my child off at camp?

If a camper is not enrolled in the official before care program, they may be signed into camp at 8:50am.  Teen volunteers will escort campers to their classrooms. If they like, parents are permitted to escort their own children to the classroom on the first day to meet their child’s teacher. They are also welcome on subsequent days if their young child is having a difficult time separating. We want all participants to enjoy their camp experience, if that includes more parental time, we are happy to accommodate.

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What is the camper to teacher ratio?

In the youngest age group (ages 3 to 5) the ratio is one adult per six children. In the older age classes, it is typically one adult per eight to nine children. Each classroom will have one lead teacher and one assistant teacher, as well as floating teen counselors for extra support.

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Are the two weeks of camp identical?

While the structure of the days will remain the same, the specific activities will vary from one week to the other. All campers will enjoy understanding how camp "works" and feel confidence knowing what to expect. They will also enjoy perpetuating established bonds with their teacher and peers – as such, signing up for both weeks is highly encouraged. 

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If I sign my child up for camp, but later want to cancel what is your refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered up to 30 days prior to the first date of camp; making June 24, 2018 the last day refunds will be issued. For extenuating circumstances, such as complications with health or safety, please contact the Camp Director at mona@nwmi.org.

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Can I volunteer at camp?

Yes, absolutely! Your support only helps to make camp more successful and depending on your availability there are many ways to get involved. To gain blessings through service by being part of the Camp Team, please contact the Camp Director at mona@nwmi.org.

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Is CampNWMI a continuation of CampRamadan?

Yes! With Ramadan moving further into the school year, it was impossible to host camp during the holy month. Although we will miss sharing the blessings of fasting, hosting a camp without fasting has great advantages too! The American Muslim youth can bond through the joys of summer, with much water play, outdoor sports, watermelon and popsicles. 

 

VOLUNTEER!

Are you a young adult eager to impact the next generation of American Muslims?

Are you a parent wanting to lend a hand to make Camp NWMI better than ever?

Are you a teen needing to fulfill the Student Service Learning (SSL) requirement and looking for a meaningful way to get involved?  

Then join us at CampNWMI! Volunteers are always welcome!

Please fill out the registration form below indicating your availability and preferences.  We will find a fulfilling role for you!