Sunday, July 21, 2013

CAMP JAKE: Christmas in July

Robin, Alen (Kaliko staff member) and Jonas ready to begin the 
Christmas in July celebration! (photo credit: Brian Clark)
One of the cultural exchanges enjoyed by campers this year was a Haitian version of Christmas in July. Borrowing heavily from a 50+ year old tradition in Quebec, Canada, our campers got in on the fun! 

Having first been celebrated in 1962 at the Domaine de Rouville, Noël du Campeur (Camper's Christmas) is now widely celebrated across the province on (or around) July 25 with colourful decorations, Santa Claus parades, presents under the tree, big family dinners and midnight mass. (

Moise and Tina dancing the night away (photo credit: Brian Clark)

(photo credit: Brian Clark)

Kaliko staff decorated a special area for us with the club's Christmas decorations. Campers made Christmas balls and garlands all morning while enjoying holiday music. Counselor Michel donned the Santa hat for the occasion and helped pass out gifts from counselors to campers. Toward the end of the evening, cake was devoured, dancing ensued and the movie Elf was enjoyed!

It was truly a July that campers will never forget.

(photo credit: Brian Clark)
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