Cultural Workshops & Camp Javan Ceremony

The past two days have been aScience whirlwind of fun and learning for our Ayandeh and Javan campers. On July 9th, campers and counselors focused on the overarching theme of “Where do we come from?” in workshops and activities. Campers discussed the past, current, and future state of the Iranian-American community, with counselor groups setting goals for the values and cultural components they hope to maintain as leaders in their future communities. Campers also had an opportunity to enjoy the sunny California weather and felt the collective group energy by playing a few games of vasati during the day. While Javan campers  considered their role in developing a strong camp community, Ayandeh campers participated in workshops about media representation. Arian Jadbabaie, a camp alumni and counselor who is a current doctoral student in Physics at Cal Tech, led an exciting and engaging workshop for campers that included an interactive science experience. Arian’s workshop “Jadbab the Science Guy” at Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan is part of an initiative to incorporate STEM curriculum for Iranian-American youth.

Vasati July 10th was filled with various Iranian cultural workshops such as film, dance, music, and games. Campers also had a chance to learn modern Iranian history during the history workshop. A annual tradition of campers versus red shirts vasati game was also held during the day which is always a camp favorite!

This day was the Javan campers’ last full day. We had a chance to interview one of our returning Javan campers, Sam Rahbin, about his experience at Camp Javan. Check it out below:

The evening ended with the Camp Javan ceremony where the campers were honored and presented with various superlatives by their counselors. The campers also performed skits that they had prepared early that day. After the ceremony, campers enjoyed a surprise kabob meal in celebration of camper Ida’s birthday and ended the night with more talented performances during the jam session.

We are so proud of our Javan campers and while we are sad to see them leave, we were blessed to have gotten to know them and welcome them to our IAAB family this past week.

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