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A day at MYC includes classes on Islam and Muslims in America and generally revolves around a theme for the week. Renowned Islamic scholars from all over the world have visited the camp to share their knowledge and example both in and out of classes. Our classes are appropriately geared towards each age-group utilizing diverse teaching techniques from arts and crafts to lectures. Our approach to learning also incorporates case studies, role plays, group projects, and debate in addition to lectures. Click here for details on this year's curriculum.
Teachers like Ronald Hassan are so beloved that Ronald can actually use his class as a treat. He is known to have said "Climb this hill, and I'll give you a class!"
Each cabin group from Junior through College has one or more counselors. These counselors are there to help the campers get the most out of their week at MYC to help them have fun, to learn in various ways, and to assist with other things that they might need. Campers should feel free to ask them for anything and take every chance they can to get to know them they are all very interesting people and have great things to share with young campers. MYC seeks to provide young campers with someone they can trust to discuss issues of importance to them, and inspirational role models to help them set goals and take advantage of their own unique abilities and pursue their dreams. Counselors can continue to be a positive influence even after camp ends (through letters, phone, or e-mail). Post-Graduate Adult Men and Women do not have counselors, but they do have scheduled classes and discussion groups and may participate in general camp activities. Besides setting a good example for our younger campers, the more fully the adult campers participate in all MYC activities, the more enjoyable they will find their week at MYC.
All five daily prayers are performed together in congregation (jama'ah), in full format (not shortened form for traveling). This helps us reinforce the place of prayer in our daily routine outside of camp, and helps those among us learning the details of prayer. Campers are awakened by the adhan for fajr around 5:00 AM, and retire to their cabins after 'isha prayer around 9:30 PM.
At the prayer time, a boys team spreads out the prayer mats, and after prayers, a girls team folds the mats and clears the area. Boys Between the adhan and iqama at each prayer time, campers join together in quiet praise of God (tasbeeh) and typically take a few minutes to read the Qur'an or perform sunnah prayers. While prayers are often led by various adult male campers, we do provide opportunities for young boys and teenagers to call the adhan and iqama, and to lead the prayers. Similarly after each prayer, one of the female campers leads all campers in the recitation of parts of a du'a (invocational prayer) that has been chosen for the whole camp to memorize throughout the course of week, building day-by-day until the entire du'a is memorized. (The special du'a for this year's camp will be provided upon arrival). Typically after Asr prayer, campers volunteer to share a favorite Qur'anic verse or hadith. On Friday, campers are given extra time to prepare for a formal jum'a program that includes a full khutba (sermon) before the prayer.
These MYC traditions help build each camper's Islamic knowledge, self-confidence, and leadership. Furthermore, throughout the week MYC staff and volunteers provide tutoring for campers wishing to work on their prayer and Qur'anic recitation skills.
Other religious practices take place as well. For example, at each meal time, a camper is selected to lead the entire group in a traditional du'a prior to eating. Hikes, classes, counseling sessions, casual discussions and campfire activities are often punctuated with recitation of topically-appropriate Qur'anic verses and hadith to help shape the nature of learning and ideas during the camp week.
MYC provides a healthy and plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner to campers during the week. All meat used at MYC is zabiha halal, and care is taken to ensure the use of halal ingredients in food preparation. Kid-friendly dishes such as pancakes, eggs & toast, bagels, hamburgers, spaghetti, tacos, baked chicken, and pizza, are featured. In between meals, fruits and other healthy snacks are offered. At campfire or at other times, fresh-baked cookies and other treats are offered. Water and non-carbonated drinks are available throughout the day for youngsters, and coffee & tea are available for older campers.
The MYC environment not only seeks to energize campers intellectually and spiritually but also physically, and offers fun sports activities to that end. One hour of private swim time for brothers and then for sisters is available every day. Campers also enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, football, and soccer.
Every evening all campers gather for the fun, inspiration, and bonding of campfire. Campers young and old are encouraged to participate in performing skits, telling jokes, sharing stories, reciting Qur'an, reading poetry, singing songs, and sharing anything else that they would like to add to the campfire experience. Only one caution: all performances are briefly checked for appropriateness before they go on stage. At the end of campfire each night, the groups that have kept their cabins clean and organized are announced and rewarded.
|11:00-12:00pm||Free time/ Counselor & Teacher Meetings|
|12:00 Noon||Lunch and Free Time|
|1:00-1:40pm||Electives Classes (choose one)|
|2:00-2:50pm||Cabin Counseling Sessions|
|3:00-5:30pm||Swimming, Sports/Rest Period|
|6:00pm||Dinner and Free Time/Colloquium|