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Athenian Summer Programs is excited to launch this new 2-week sleepaway Affinity Camp for BIPOC youth (grades 7-10). Campers will board in our dorms for two weeks and connect over leadership skills, innovation and design, and outdoor adventure. All programming, day and evening, will be designed to meet the needs, form community, and build the voices within this affinity group. No leadership background, innovation skills, or outdoor experience required - we welcome campers to come as they are and to be open to learn, grow, build relationships, and stretch their comfort zones. Whether building something in the innovation center or learning to put a tent up for the first time, opportunities for leadership and a sense of belonging will inspire newfound confidence and the discovery of new passions. Week 1: Embracing Nature and Outdoor Adventure The first week will be all about bonding over outdoor adventure! Campers will hike the California Coastal Trail, brave ropes courses and zip lines at Quarry Park Adventures and have a 2-night camping and white-water rafting trip on the American River. This Affinity Camp is open to all who identify as a member of the BIPOC community and is a great opportunity for local kids from different areas and backgrounds to connect - especially after being forced to stay home for the better half of last year. Week 2: Inspiring Leadership, Creativity and Innovation The second week of the program, the mornings will be dedicated to a series of leadership workshops – led by local BIPOC voices and community leaders. The afternoons will be spent in the Carter Innovation Studio - our world-class maker space - where campers will learn how to utilize a myriad of tools in the workshop to craft beautiful works to create awareness about causes of choice, or design products for the betterment of their communities. These afternoon workshops will be led by our fantastic team *All meals and transportation will be provided during the 2-week experience.