MYC is considered a “family camp” because we encourage campers of all ages to attend, from babies to grandparents. There is something for everyone. Most campers are between grade-school and college ages. Attendees are typically from California and surrounding states, but many campers and staff (including our teachers and counselors) come from all over the United States and Canada. For the most part, our campers are American-raised Muslim kids and adults with both indigenous and immigrant Muslim backgrounds, coming from all walks of life.
The Muslim Youth Camp of California is a “non-sectarian” organization. All Muslims who sincerely self-identify as such are welcome. We are proud that every year, MYC includes Muslims of various madhahib (schools of legal interpretation) and backgrounds coming together in a spirit of unity, mutual respect, learning, and cooperation. Typically, our campers reflect the broad demographic make-up of the American Muslim community at large. Consequently, campers and counselors represent both Sunni and Shi’i communities, as well as salafi and sufi perspectives among others, and all are made to feel welcome and legitimate. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter how much you know everyone can learn something of value.
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