We Love Hood Camp!

We pitched tents, made s’mores, and even survived a downpour! The sixth annual Hood Camp – ‘Urban Survival for Today’s Youth’ – took place overnight from August 26-27 right here on Avalon Street and it was a huge success. Watch the video below to see some of the highlights and hear from our campers themselves!

This was our sixth year and the biggest year for Hood Camp yet! In all, 42 children participated, camping out overnight and enjoying a variety of activities from making solar panels out of cardboard and aluminum foil to gardening, cookouts, searching for edible herbs, and learning how to stop bullying. We took a hike to a Highland Park business and visited the Fire Department along the way. We sat around the campfire, sang songs, danced to a drumbeat, and learned how special it is to experience a summer night in the city like this together.

“Hood Camp is urban survival for today’s youth – it gives children a chance to spend the night outside – have an outside camping experience right in their neighborhood,” explains Mama Shu, directress of Avalon Village and the founder of Hood Camp. “A lot of times [students] can’t afford to go to camp, so we just kind of brought the camp experience here.”

Thanks to generous donations and funds raised, Hood Camp was held free of charge. Students received solar backpacks loaded with school supplies, first aid kids, hygiene kits and more. They also went home with certificates of participation, lasting memories and new friends.

Have a wonderful school year! We’re already looking forward to Hood Camp again next summer!

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