Camp Connect 2019
Dates & Times
Aug 16-19, 201910:00am - 3:00pm
About Camp Connect 2019
What is Camp Connect
Camp Connect is a program designed to help boys acquire a positive mindset and the courage to step confidently into manhood.
We don't often talk about manhood and helping our boys become men, as if it is somehow embarrassing to discuss this, or as if we believe this transition is merely a biological one - and will just happen. The truth, of course, is that being a man is much more than a biological reality. Modern society has lost many of the rites of passage traditions that allow boys to be honoured as they become men, and enable the cultivation of new skills and responsibilities as part of that maturing process.
Boys in our modern world often lack the support and mentorship that boys in past eras were fortunate to have. Mentorship gives boys a huge advantage, providing a sense of community, someone to look up to, and someone to receive support and encouragement from.
Camp Connect is all about giving boys the chance to be mentored by older Muslim brothers, and to learn and get the chance to practice the skills and qualities of spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy men.
How do we do this?
Through our experience of working with youth, we've maintained that the best way to guide is indirectly, not through lectures and the like, but through informal conversations, as well as by engaging in activities such as sports. Camp Connect offers amazing opportunities for teaching and guiding, through its canoeing, hiking, swimming, and campfires. These activities are not only fun, but can be positively challenging and help forge strong bonds of brotherhood.
Daily activities at Camp Connect reflect the life of the Truest Man of all, our Beloved Prophet, peace and blessings upon him: boys set up camp, maintain it by doing chores, and serve the well being of all by cooking and cleaning.
Camp Connect harnesses boys' innate desire to:
Experience challenges - by empowering them to take positive risks such as exploring the outdoors and testing their personal limits;
Meet targets - by achieving a self-discipline and committing to a life of spiritual dedication through attention to the five daily Prayers
Form bonds of brotherhood with each other - by working and living together.
Our teachers are experienced mentors who are there to provide individual attention to each boy. For a group of 13 campers, there will be two experienced youth mentors, one of whom is a high school teacher.
Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis and will be reserved only once payment is received.
Please note, by submitting the application, the parent/guardian agrees to the following:
"I desire my child to participate in the full camp program and all the activities (including and not limited to hiking, swimming and canoeing), unless I advise you otherwise in writing. The organizers will endeavor to make all activities as safe as possible for all participants. However, in the case of injury to my child, I will not hold the organizers, staff, Sanad Collective, liable."
To the best of my knowledge, my child is in good health and has not been exposed to any contagious disease in the past four weeks. If my child becomes exposed to any contagious disease between now and the time of departure for camp, I understand the Camp must be notified. In case of surgical emergency and should I not be immediately available for consultation, I hereby give permission to the physician selected by the Camp Director (Hamdi Ben Aissa), to hospitalize my child, secure proper treatment, order injections, anaesthesia or surgery for my child, as above.