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Your Guide To 13 Arabic Summer Camps in the USA

Your Guide To 13 Arabic Summer Camps in the USA

If you’ve planned for summer camps before, you know that the time, effort, and investment you make can be a big one. It takes weeks on end to figure out where your kids will go and what camps you want them to enjoy during their summer break. We also know how important the summer can be in continuing kids’ education and is a perfect time for students to continue reading, learning, and exploring. We’re in the midst of summer planning now, and we know many of you are too. Since we couldn’t find a list of Arabic camps in our area, we made one ourselves! Some are more Arabic-focused than others, but everyone on this list has at a minimum an Arabic language component. So, if you’re looking for an Arabic summer camp for this year, check these out! If you have others to add, please comment below and let us know or email us at info@maktabatee.com. Happy camping!


Kalimah Programs for Arabic Language, Culture, and Arts

A project-based, hands-on, Arabic immersion summer camp that combines science, arts, culture, history, outdoor play, field trips, guest speakers, and much more is just the right balance between fun, learning, and language practice. Four weeks of creating and Arabic speaking will boost your child's language abilities and confidence just as a trip abroad would. Eligible campers can also take advantage of merit and need-based scholarships provided by the Qatar  Foundation International. 

Aya Montessori Summer Camp

Join Aya Montessori for a fun and interactive summer camp filled with fun STEAM activities catered to ages 3-6. Your child will explore the world through (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)nginering, (A)rt & (M)ath + Arabic, Islam & Quran. Field-trips & Daily fitness/workout.


Smart Minds Learning

What better way to learn a new language than to just speak everything you have to say in it? With that in mind, Smart Minds Learning developed a curriculum for their Arabic Immersion Summer Camp combining unique, exciting, challenging, and fun activities! You’ll find cooking, story-telling, drama, art and sewing, and exercise all in Arabic.

Mindbloom Preschool

The Language and Total Immersion Summer Camp is for children ages 3-8 years and will include participation from all age ranges in daily activities, including geography, food, art, dance, and more!

EL Camp

Provides children ages 5-12 of Arab descent with a fun driven immersion experience to practice the spoken language, gain basic literacy skills and learn about various Arab cultures.  Activities are designed to complement Arabic learning, with the overall goal of supporting children’s literacy acquisition and kindling their love to the language and embracing the culture.

Al-Bustan Seeds Summer Camp

Al-Bustan Camp is a summer arts day camp where children appreciate Arab arts and culture while developing new language skills, making friendships, and exploring nature.Open to children of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, “Al-Bustan”, Arabic for “The Garden,” encourages dialogue, respect, understanding, and celebrates diversity.

Arabic Summer Academy

The Arabic Summer Academy is a four week intensive (Monday through Saturday) Arabic course for 40 high school students from the Boston Public Schools and other schools in the Boston area.

River Garden Summer Camp

Animal lovers and nature explorers unite! The theme of camp this summer will focus on animals and Allah's infinite mercy on his creations. Campers will gain a solid understanding of animals' habitats, adaptations, behaviors, and needs. They will also connect this learning about animals with the nature around them.

Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School

An Arabic language learning and cultural experience opportunity through a combination of language lessons, daily themes, conversational time, and hands-on fun.

Startalk Arabic Language Camp

Fun, interactive learning experiences with hands-on cultural activities, including delicious food. Build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and get a jumpstart on Arabic in college.

Alkawthar Learning Center Arabic Immersion Camp

Children will be introduced to the Classical Arabic language through the “total immersion” method where language is acquired through conversations, games, free play, storytelling, songs, and fun activities.

Concordia Language Villages

At Al-Wāḥa, you’ll experience an oasis of cultural richness and diversity with counselors and teachers who speak a variety of dialects from across the Middle East. Enjoy traditional camp activities while you live the language surrounded by Arabic sounds, sights and flavors of the world’s fifth most populous language—in the heart of the Midwest!

STARTALK: Queens Summer Institute in Arabic

STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.

[Disclaimer: Maktabatee has not vetted these camps and is only providing this list as a community service. Parents should do their due diligence to ensure a camp meets their standards.]

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How to Start an Arabic Storytime in Your Community

How to Start an Arabic Storytime in Your Community

When we launched Maktabatee in April 2016, we knew that we wanted books that could be read in this context, that would allow children to see the beauty of Arabic storytelling, away from some of the old school story lines and graphics that we were used to. Since then, we’ve heard from many community members who are hosting similar programs in their schools and libraries. If you don’t have one in your area, why not start one yourself? If you’ve thought about it, but are not sure where to start, we broke it down for you into five steps, drawing on our own experience as well as tips we gathered from talking to others who have been involved in starting or organizing an Arabic story time in their community.

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Arabic music for kids

How to Boost Arabic Learning by Playing a Tune

Arabic music has always been a part of my life—it was the way my parents entertained us in the car on road trips before iPads and car DVDs became popular, and one way we learned a lot about our religion, culture, and heritage. On our annual summer trip to Jordan, our aunts and great aunts would commonly bust out with a tabla and start a dance party in the kitchen while washing dishes, or even sing together cultural songs in preparation for a wedding or graduation party.

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