Association on American Indian Affairs

Youth Summer Camps

Please check back on April 1 for information about the 2015 summer camp season.

We are currently accepting grant proposals for 2014 youth summer camps that focus on diabetes and health education, language preservation, or cultural preservation. Those proposals received prior to Friday, June 6 will receive full consideration. Those camps that wish to submit a proposal after June 6 should contact our Rockville office to inquire whether funding is available prior to submitting a proposal.

Providing programming that benefits Native youth continues to be one of the top priorities of the Association. For many years we have provided small seed grants to tribes and Native run organizations to assist their youth summer camp programs.

AAIA's youth summer camp program exists due to the generous contributions from our donors as well as those who have remembered us in their will through a bequest and grants from foundations. In 2013 we provided funding to six Native run youth summer camps.

Please see the buttons below for information about how to submit a proposal.

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
Youth Summer Camp
Zuni, New Mexico

The ZYEP camp focused on promoting cultural connectedness as well as good health through physical activity and nutrition. Campers learned about traditional waffle gardening, and traditional dance and pottery. Sixty-five campers age 6-11 participated in this camp along with 15 teen mentors.

Kamiah Nimiipuu Health
Youth Summer Camp
Kamiah, Idaho

The Kamiah Nimiipuu camp aimed to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes by teaching campers to make healthy food choices and participate in healthy daily activities. Thirty campers, age 8-16, participated sporting activities, listed to elders tell traditional stories and tribal history, and participated in Native language sessions.

Pathkeepers for Indigenous Knowledge
Native Youth Culture Camp
Culpeper, Virginia

The Pathkeepers camp, which is open to Native youth from across the country, aimed to provide opportunities that build self-esteem, leadership skills, traditional knowledge, and health and wellness through teachings by elders on traditional foods and participation in traditional cultural activities including beadwork, artwork and poetry. Thirty youth, age 11-16 participated in this camp which is held on a horse farm in rural Culpeper, Virginia.

Indian Child & Family Prevention Program
Youth Summer Camp
Ukiah, California

The ICFP camp aimed to provide positive Native role models for youth from the Pomo tribes of Northern California to curtail the incidence of alcohol and substance abuse. More than 200 youth gathered and learned about traditional foods and participated in lessons about traditional customs such as basket making, traditional songs and dancing.

Sicangu Lakota Youth Center
Summer Camp
Mission, South Dakota

The Sicangu camp focused on cultural leadership, career related learning and suicide prevention through activities that encourage creative thinking and individual expression while strengthening cultural connections and learning new skills through horse care. Sixty campers, age 5-24 participated in this camp.

Saint Paul Council of Churches
Department of Indian Works
Youth Enrichment Program
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sixty campers, kindergarten through sixth grade participated in the program which aimed to increase cultural awareness, self-esteem and life skills through traditional crafts, culturally based health activities and exercise activities.


Summer Camps 2012

Below are photos and video which were received from some of the camps AAIA provided funding to during the 2012 summer camp season. Thanks to these organizations for sharing!