MYCC Summer Camp began as an idea to create a fun, outdoor camp that would incorporate sports, games, and crafts in an Islamic environment.
MYCC Summer Camp began as an idea back in June 2015. A simple survey gauged the interest in a camp for Muslim children for all ages in New Jersey. The overwhelming response was unanimous that parents were seeking a fun, outdoor camp that would incorporate sports, games, and crafts in an Islamic environment. The summer camp idea was embraced by MYCC (Muslim Youth Community Center) as a collaborative effort with the volunteers identified from the survey.
The first MYCC Summer Camp was a weeklong, half day camp in August 2015. Running completely on volunteer efforts with two locations in Bridgewater and Lawrenceville, the camp was greeted with much enthusiasm and support throughout the community.
In 2016 and 2017, the camp ran for four weeks, with half-day morning sessions Monday – Thursday. Our staff consisted of paid managers with educational experience, volunteer and intern counselors, counselors-in-training, as well as big brothers/big sisters who volunteered for half the day with younger campers and enjoyed the rest of the day with gender separated activities tailored to suit their needs.
Finally, in 2018 and 2019, the camp was extended to multiple sites with half-day morning sessions Monday - Thursday for three weeks ! Not only do we get more experienced year by year, but the community efforts and enthusiasm have also grown overwhelmingly, and we could not thank Allah SWT enough for the barakah we have experienced.
Mission MYCC Summer Camp infuses the camp experience of fun, friendship and nature with a deep sense of spirituality. Islam is incorporated into the daily routine with morning Qur’an recitation, du'a, and an Islamic theme for programming. Campers and staff alike are encouraged to be excited about Islam and continue the rituals and celebrations they experienced at camp. The values we teach are based on Qur’an and Sunnah, focusing on developing a systematic program to teach our campers about "being Muslim" rather than just Islamic facts.
Our camp team structure allows for skilled educators to guide the counselors and interns (college students and above), who in turn guide the counselors-in-training (high schoolers) as well as the big brothers/big sisters (middle schoolers). This allows older campers the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take on leadership roles. The younger campers benefit as well by having role models they can relate to and emulate.
Vision MYCC Summer Camp envisions a world in which Muslim children grow up exploring, thinking about the signs of Allah all around us, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others. We envision a world that returns to the best of manners taught by the Prophet ﷺ:
"And what is most likely to send people to Paradise? Being conscious of Allah and good manners." (Al-Bukhari)
Provide a safe and fun environment for personal, spiritual, and social growth
Encourage exploration of the natural world
Demonstrate the positive views of Islam
Instill a love of Islamic traditions and Qur’an
Teach our campers what it means and looks like to be Muslim
Our Team Board of Directors The Board of Directors consist of our Executive Board (Chairs - Soofia Tahir, Aisha Rehman, Mona Younes, MYCC Advisor - Sami Shaban) as well as Organizers (Meagan Beltekoglu, Sarah Memon, Tahira Rabbani, Marwa Aly, and Artina Sheikh). They are responsible for overseeing the logistics, curriculum, and procedures for all locations of the camp. Camp Supervisors Our camp supervisors (one at each location) ensure daily activities run smoothly and efficiently. They are responsible for overall safety and ensure both staff and campers are where they're supposed to be. From program coordination onsite to communicating with parents, our camp supervisors are essential pieces to the puzzle.
Specialized Teachers At MYCC Summer Camp, we emphasize fun in the great outdoors while maintaining an Islamic environment. Four teachers at each campsite, focus on different aspects of the camp: sports, arts and crafts, and team-building/nature. With specific responsibilities, our teachers help build our campers' skills in physical activity, hands-on projects, nature exploration, and character development.
Camp Counselors Our volunteer camp counselors consist of parents and college interns who guide our little campers through their daily activities. They accompany campers from the very start of the day with du'a to a cool end with water play and everything else in between.
Counselors-in-Training Even high schoolers have a place at MYCC Summer Camp. They are our beloved Counselors-in-Training who volunteer with our veteran camp counselors to learn the ins and outs of guiding campers throughout their daily activities to take on a greater roles in future summers, Insha'Allah.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Our middle schoolers spend the first half of the day helping the younger campers and serving as their role models, or Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In the second half of the day, they enjoy gender-separated activities of their own as campers.