Hmong culture camp in high demandby Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Today is the first day of Hmong Culture and Language Camp for hundreds of kids.
The Concordia University dual-language English and Hmong camp is open to Hmong and non-Hmong students and runs through early August.
This is the fifth year the camp has been up and running. But Director Sally Baas said the demand has been overwhelming. She said this year they had to turn away hundreds of children.
"This is a program that is all about cultural identity and about self-identity of kids, and working on their issues around English as a second language. We have a lot of newcomers into the metro area and a lot of them are involved in the program," Baas said.
The camp includes sports, language and literacy, dance, arts and crafts, music and free breakfast and lunch.