The camp this year was bigger than ever!!! With over 110 campers expected we decided to overhaul the basic structure of the day. We increased the number of classes to six and made the talleres/workshops the centerpieces of the days' activities. The campers rotated between art, science, and sports/games and each of these talleres was led by a pair of teen leaders. In addition, many of the groups themselves were led by former campers and/or teen leaders.
We also increased the number of field trips from one to three. We took the entire camp to the National Aquarium in Santo Domingo and then we took subsets of the campers to the National Congress and to Politecnico Loyola to watch a documentary about the deforestation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic called, "Death by a Thousand Cuts". Jake Kheel, the director of the movie himself, was present to field questions after the event.
After the campers left for the day the teen leaders engaged in a community development project. They helped to rebuild the playground for the pre-school children at the school where the camp takes place.
See The Playground page for details and photos of this great project. Finally, once again the teen leaders packed up over 200 backpacks with school supplies that they then delivered to local schoolchildren.