Bar Jeplaak Nan Majuro (A Return Trip to Majuro)
The pilot year of Camp Iakwe was held July 10-12, 2015. Several Marshallese leaders, traveling all the way from Majuro as well as within the US, came to teach curriculum and lead activities. The theme Bar Jeplaak Nan Majuro (A Return Trip to Majuro) was celebrated during camp with an imaginary trip back to RMI.
The educational weekend began with an opening ceremony Friday evening, which included Keynote Speakers, a Flag Dance performance, as well as singing and ukulele performances. Throughout the weekend, families participated in multiple breakout sessions to gain a deeper understanding of Marshallese history & culture. The weekend included additional culturally-rich activities as well as time to dance, play, and connect as families.
To close out the weekend, the families all took part in a philanthropic event to support children living in Majuro by stuffing backpacks with school supplies. Everyone wrote a note or drew a picture that was included in each backpack to wish the children in RMI a great school year.
- Carol and Regina welcome campers to the Opening Ceremony
- Terry Mote - Opening Ceremony
- Terry plays the ukulele and Julina sings
- Celebrating a Kemem
- Traditional Marshallese food brought from the RMI
- Campers walk the grounds of SJU
- Fresh coconuts
- Young campers learn the Marshallese Flag Dance
- Amenta Matthew teaches young campers
- Outside activites