GLENDALE—As Summer 2013 comes to an end, so does the Armenian Youth Federation Camp of California’s Summer Camp program. This year marked the 35th anniversary of AYF Camp, which currently hosts seven weekly sessions for Armenian youth ranging between the ages of eight and seventeen. The unique AYF Camp program has developed through the years, and currently includes a variety of activities such as sports, hiking, canoeing, Airsoft, rock climbing as well as a strong educational emphasis on Armenian history, Armenian American identity, Armenian culture and Christianity and community activism. AYF Camp is known to provide a safe and unique social experience for children, filled with joy, laughter and opportunities to build friendships that last a lifetime.
“Summer is my favorite time of the year because I get to spend a week or more at AYF Camp,” said longtime AYF Camper and now Counselor Karina Nazarian. “It’s filled with amazing memories, experiences, and lifelong friends.”
On November 9, AYF Camp will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary Banquet in Montebello, at the Armenian Center located at 410 Washington Blvd. The program will highlight recent achievements of AYF Camp, whose programs serve nearly 750 Armenian youth annually. Entertainment will be provided by East Coast based Aravod Band. General admission tickets are currently available for $75, and $50 for AYF members. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lodge Renovation Project.
With the support of community volunteers and donors, AYF Camp has completed major renovations of facilities in the last decade. Cabins, restrooms, the campfire amphitheater, basketball court and swimming pool are among the facilities that have been completed revamped. The next phase of renovation includes a complete overhaul of the AYF Camp Lodge. The plans include a state of the art structure with a large dining hall, kitchen, office and sleeping quarters. The Lodge is home to many infamous AYF Camp educationals and activities including Wacky Olympics, Talent Show and Song Competition.
“AYF Camp’s achievements are a direct result of the support provided by our community of parents, friends and volunteers.” said Viken Melkonian, member of the AYF Camp Management Board. “This continued support is imperative for the development of AYF Camp, the organization which serves our youth and belongs to our youth.”
Donations and 35th Anniversary Banquet tickets may be reserved by contacting the AYF Camp office at (818)-242-7494 or e-mailing [email protected]
Since 1977, AYF Camp has offered a genuinely rewarding experience, by serving as a place for Armenian youth to make new friends and memories of a lifetime. AYF Camp is the largest and oldest Summer Camp program in the Western United States, focusing on Armenian culture and heritage. Visit www.AYFCamp.org for more information and sign up as a “Friend of AYF Camp” to receive news and updates on programs and events.