1. un 2. periods (1st and 2nd sessions) These sessions are appropriate for fluent Latvian speakers 6.5-14 years of age. The program is rich and multifaceted, incorporating athletics, singing and musical instruction (including lessons in playing the traditional Latvian instrument, the kokle), folk dancing, "šķēršļu gājieni", arts and crafts, religious study and services, theater, swimming, campfires, dances, and many other activities. Each session ("periods") lasts two weeks. The language of the 1st and 2nd sessions is Latvian, children are expected to speak to counselors as well as peers in Latvian at all times. Camp Director Mara Dajevska can answer any further questions you may have.
Heritage Camp This session is intended for children 7-14 years of age, who have an interest in Latvian language and culture but do not speak Latvian. Most attendees are of Latvian descent. The program mirrors that of the Latvian language sessions. Campers are introduced to Latvian folk music and dancing, Latvian popular music, etc, but English is spoken during this session. Children will learn some basic Latvian vocabulary during Latvian language lessons. Camp Director Elissa Miller can answer any further questions you may have.
Īkšķīšu nometnes The Īkšķīši ("Little Thumbs") program is similar to that of the other camp sessions in its focus on Latvian language and heritage, Christian values and outdoor activities, but in a way that is age-appropriate for the 6-and-under set. Campers are 2 to 6 years of age, and they attend the one-week session with a parent or caregiver. Īkšķīšu sessions are offered for various levels of Latvian language ability; there are two weeks (1&2) for those that speak and/or understand Latvian, and a "Heritage" week for non-Latvian speakers. Please refer to the flow chart below to help determine which week is most appropriate for you and your child.
Note that only two Latvian Language weeks are being offered this year. In the chart, week A & B is equivalent to Week 1; weeks C & D to Week 2.
Īkšķīši Flow Chart