A blog by the staff and participants of Al-Bustan, which is dedicated to teaching and presenting Arab culture through the arts and language. This provides a forum for us to regularly share the happenings and reflections on all things Al-Bustan-related.
Summer is just around the corner;
it's a time when the living is easy, a time to relax and enjoy the sun. But
after a few weeks, I realize that I've done everything I wanted and doing
nothing all day doesn't sound as intriguing as it did initially. The days get
longer and my house has nothing new to offer.
Al-Bustan’s Arabic Language and
Culture Day Camp is an ideal program for children and teens to attend during
the summer. The kids will be able to meet new people and learn many new things
while parents get to enjoy the daytime doing as they please. Al-Bustan’s summer
camp has been increasing in size since its first summer in 2002. Beginning with
only 18 campers, Al-Bustan has blossomed and evolved its curriculum to be fun
and educational, ranging in activities from Arabic and science to arts, music
and more. The camp is held at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Northeast
Philadelphia. The Lower School serves as the base with spacious classrooms,
gym, cafeteria, outdoor patio, playgrounds and athletic fields, along with
access to the adjacent Wissahickon Creek Valley in Fairmount Park. For those in
the Northeast and West Kensington, we have arranged transportation to the camp,
making it more convenient for working parents.
As an Arab American, I wish I
had participated when I was a teenager. Now as an intern at Al-Bustan, I cannot
wait for camp to begin! I hope to see you there! ...learn more about Al-Bustan Camp. Zeanah Rumman-Obeid, Drexel student interning at Al-Bustan