As children weave their baskets in the Latte Valley in Talofofo, they not only learn about the CHAmoru culture, but they also experience it.
This summer, the Vallée du Latte is offering “Ke ‘Tungo I Kutturan CHAmoru”, a program that offers children a glimpse into the past.
Children attending this year’s summer camp will have many activities surrounding the CHAmoru culture. During their 10-day session at the camp, children will participate in activities such as kayaking, fire-making, basket weaving, fishing, and making their own coconut products. The camp mainly focuses on educating children about the culture and survival methods of those who came before them.
Camp Director Danielle Hagen said the children have fun and culturally rich experiences they will never forget. This includes eating local foods, meeting new friends, and playing games.
“The main thing to remember is that children learn more about the culture of Guam and how the CHAmoru used to live,” Hagen said. “The camp delves deeply into the culture of Guam.”
CEO David Tydingco said the pandemic has caused the company to “reinvent itself” and target locals more than tourists. Locals can now participate in activities such as harvest tours, coconut oil making, and other cultural workshops. La Vallée du Latte hopes to continue to create these opportunities as restrictions continue to lift.
Valley of the Latte Summer Camp “Ke ‘Tungo I Kutturan CHAmoru” is for children ages 8 to 13 and runs until August 13. Each session lasts two weeks and 20 campers will be accepted per session. Camp costs $ 325 per camper and daily camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will explore the island and participate in workshops and activities where they learn about the CHAmoru culture. Activities include kayaking, hiking, basketry and more. Campers will also receive a lunch plate daily. You can visit https://valleyofthelatte.com/valley-latte-guam-summer-camp-2021/ for more information and registration.
Here is a list of other fun programs offered this summer:
• WestCare Pacific Islands offers a youth summer camp at Astumbo Gymnasium in Dededo. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 28 to July 19 for children aged 11 to 14. The camp is free for children and includes lunch and prizes. To register visit www.westcarepacificislands.org/events.
• The Mangilao Mayor’s Office and the University of Guam offer a free summer program. Children in grades six and up will learn to cook, shop and save money. They will also learn about nutrition and wellness. This will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday. For more information on registration, send an email to [email protected]
• The Mangilao Mayor’s Office, along with the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, offers the “It takes a village” program, which primarily focuses on children learning positive social interaction and activity. It will include activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, physical activity and learning basic skills. This program takes place Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to students of sixth grade and above and ends in August. For more information on registration, send an email to [email protected]
• Haggan Volleyball offers a base training camp for children in Grades 5-8 and teens in Grades 9 and up at the St. John’s School Gymnasium. The camp will take place in sessions from June 21 to July 9 and will cost $ 125 per person. Hours include 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for years 5 to 8 and 6:40 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. for years 9 and over. Call Chris Shepherd at 486-2825 or Mike Rabago at 687-7369.
• Talofofo Gymnasium offers a volleyball clinic on Thursdays for incoming freshmen from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The same clinic is also available on Sundays for incoming grade 6 students from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. For now, the clinic is free and no registration is required.
• Håtsa Volleyball organizes volleyball camps at the Talofofo gymnasium. The club is divided into three different divisions for boys and girls. Athletes are placed in a division that is suited to their current skill level, with advancement always the goal.
Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Manhoben division); 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Famalao’an and Lalåhi division); and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Division of Sottera and Sotteru).
Monday: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sotteru); and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Sottera).
Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Famalao’an and Lalahi).
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Manhoben).