MYNA Camps: Uniting Youth Through The Quran
MYNA just concluded another great season of camps. MYNA winter camps 2013 were
held in four states including Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Maryland. About 300 campers
spent six days in remote locations and participated in a number of fun activities including
archery, basketball, hiking and much more.
This year’s theme was Timeless; the miracle of The Quran. The lectures and workshops were developed with the intent that the Quran be the core subject of discussion.
The campers took part in activities helping them get connected spiritually to Allah (swt). These included khatirahs, reflections with their respective counselors, group prayers and intimate time with esteemed scholars and speakers.
This years speakers included an amazing line-up. Br. Habeeb Qadri, Sr. Amina Darwish, Dr. Jawad Shah, Mufti Hussein Kamani, Br. Ahmed Deeb were just some of the speakers in attendance. These speakers brought with them great expertise, insight and a positive outlook which they shared with our campers.
Our campers thoroughly enjoyed this experience; Fariha Hossain, who attended the Maryland camp, stated “this DMV winter camp, MYNA successfully stirred a renewing of brotherhood and sisterhood as bonds were formed by people who learn together, live together and love each other for the sake of Allah (swt)”. Bilal Ali stated, “the Ohio camp was one of the loudest and most hyped camp I have been to in awhile. Everyone enjoyed screaming and shouting during chant wars."
These camps, however, would not have been possible without the dedicated camp committees, which included youth ages 14-19 who dedicated their time and effort these past couple of months for the success of the camps. These youth participated in the developing of the program, contacting of speakers, fundraising for the camps, selling camp merchandise and much more.
Guiding these youth were our spectacular adult advisers: Widad Zenhom in Maryland, Muneer Khalid and Amena Quershi in Illionois, Zaiba Mailk in Ohio and Engi Abu Karam in Texas. These adults worked tirelessly with the youth and guided them every step of the way. Another very important aspect to the success of the camps were our counselors. The counselors were assigned 5-8 campers and each did a remarkable job in making the camper experience phenomenal. MYNA is now looking forward to its next camp cycle in the spring. The spring camps will encompass three weekend long camps in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and a program at the upcoming education forum in Chicago.