Camp Mujigae to celebrate 26th year
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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- Memorial Day weekend often signals the start of summer, and with summer, that means, summer camps.
But there's one camp here in the capital region that has a very particular focus. YNN’s Innae Park interviews Heather Murphy, the Director of Camp Mujigae.
“Twenty-six years ago, parents began planning the first Camp Mujigae, meaning Camp Rainbow, which served 25 children over a two-day period. In 2011, Camp Mujigae will celebrate its 26th year. The programs have grown to serve as many as 300 children annually from infants to young adults. Camp now runs for 3 nights for the Senior Groups (campers entering 8th grade and up), 2 days for Explorers (grades 3-5) and Discovery (entering kindergarten through 2nd) and a special morning program for Rising Stars Campers (infants to 5-year-old children),” explains Murphy. “We start off camp with a big celebration, Family Day, which includes cultural festivities, Korean entertainment, Korean food, a store filled with Korean items and much socializing. Hundreds of people (campers, families, alumni, and the community) come and celebrate Family Day.”
Camp Mujigae would not exist without the generosity and support from the Korean Presbyterian Church of Albany, which organizes and provides the cultural program. Classes include crafts, Tae Kwon Do, cooking, music, language, history and folklore, among others.
Students from Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea join us each summer and also provide classes for our campers.
Camp Mujigae is organized by volunteers and is led by the Camp Mujigae Board and Committee. Camp Mujigae is a not-for-profit corporation with tax exempt status. For more information, visit www.mymujigae.org.