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Camp Ubuntu Watts

To further anchor our presence and impact in the community, we offer a free, six-week summer program in the Watts community. Camp Ubuntu Watts allows us to build on the success of the weekend retreats and provide much-needed enrichment directly where our youth and their families live, specifically during the summer months when crime rates are highest. At Camp Ubuntu Watts, we encourage positive self-development and foster teamwork by offering a holistic and balanced schedule of programming.

Why Markham?

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Edwin Markham Middle School sits directly at the intersection of several gang territories. In March of 2013, we hosted "Watts United," a weekend retreat with the four housing developments in Watts that have been rivals for over 50 years to try to get to the core of the issues that these communities and youth faced. At this retreat, we discovered the disheartening reality that almost every kid and their families were frightened of Markham. Students expressed their fear of simply walking to and from school, and the parents of younger kids were doing everything in their power to enroll their kids into other schools. In addition to the existing challenges of being an underresourced school, the environment created when mixing kids and gangs from different developments led to an impossible learning situation.

This retreat exposed an opportunity to bring our existing retreat programs to the campus of Markham during the summer break to help maintain our connection to students, but more importantly to offer programming in their local community.

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To further anchor our presence and impact in the community, we offer a free, six-week summer program in the Watts community. Camp Ubuntu Watts allows us to build on the success of the weekend retreats and provide much-needed enrichment directly where our youth and their families live, specifically during the summer months when crime rates are highest and resources are scarce. At Camp Ubuntu Watts, we encourage positive self-development and foster teamwork by offering a holistic and balanced schedule of programming.

Programming

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CUW allows our counselors and specialists to bring their creative talents and ideas into the community. The skills our students gather while on weekend retreats is deepened through the experience of CUW. Through a diverse set of recreational programs including arts, enrichment, and athletics, we give our participants powerful experiences in community and character building, leadership development, and healthy living.

Recognizing the need to expand our services in the Watts community, we developed a holistic approach that includes a continuum of services: Summer day camp (Camp Ubuntu Watts), Leaders in Training, Continuum of support programs in the community for students, parents, and teachers

World Dance

Music

Robotics

Photography

Athletics

Arts

Science

Gardening

Yoga

Coding

Cooking & Nutrition

Female Empowerment

Programming During COVID 19

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Camp Ubuntu Watts 2.0

Shifting to a virtual program, HRF counselors and specialists held a virtual summer camp filled with engaging and creative activities for more than 60 campers through our camp community blog, zoom sessions, and DIY projects delivered every two weeks to campers in their Camp-In-A-Box kit.  With the schools still closed and the opportunity to hold in-person programming impossible at this time, we have extended virtual programming.

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Our Most Popular Campfire Song

Curious about the funny looking characters all over our site? We're glad you noticed! They happen to be some of the little creatures from Camp Ubuntu's most popular campfire song, "Moose, Alpaca."

Not all campfire songs make much sense, and this one might be the king of nonsense! A 'repeat after me' song, Moose Alpaca, is sung in crazy, frantic unison of moose, alpacas, and unicorns. Throw in some mustaches, ninjas, and pufferfish, and you have yourself one of our all-time favorite camp songs performed at nearly every campfire and every school visit.

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