Spanish Camp at the Clair Nelson Center

Friends of Finland is excited to announce our first ever Spanish Camp, which will be held at the Clair Nelson Center at the end of July 2018. Spanish Camp is being planned as a day camp for children ages 5-13, with an emphasis on language, cultures and food in the many Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Spanish Camp will be July 25th, 26th and 27th. Each day will have a theme country – Wednesday will be Mexico, Thursday will be Guatemala/Honduras/El Salvador, and Friday will be focused on the Andean countries like Chile and Peru. We will have assistance from local folks with first hand experience in many of these countries, as well as from a few native Spanish speakers.

The food especially is going to be really fun. We want kids to have the hands on experience of making their own tortillas, pupusas, empanadas, different kinds of salsas and exotic beverages like jamaica and horchata. Many of the foods we take for granted, like corn and potatoes, and things like tacos have their origins in the indigenous cultures of the (now) Spanish-speaking countries of North and South America. Food is also a great starting point for learning a new vocabulary when it comes to learning a language like Spanish.

There will also be fun games and music, as well as cultural stories and legends from the various Spanish-speaking countries. Friday the 27th will wrap up with a skit performance from 2-3pm that is open to the public. Please come have a snack and hear what the group has learned from the 3-day experience.

Anyone interested in participating in Spanish Camp should contact Honor Schauland at 218-353-0300 in order to sign up! Please sign up ASAP as there is limited space available. This program is free this year due to grant support but we appreciate donations!

This new addition to our programming has been made possible by a grant from the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation’s Global Awareness Fund.


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