Our first camp for 2016 is in the books! Can I get a "woop woop"!? While it feels normal, if I take a step back I'm pretty friggin' amazed at this being our fifth camp thus far. It took a lot to execute our first, so this must mean we're doing something right... right? Shoutout to the team, all of our young leaders, partners in the community, and friends. Without everyone's help this love train would have stopped chugging a long time ago. I could go on & on, but hey, enough of me gushing... let's talk about camp!

So we saw the return of our first camp prototype, Arts Seed, but this time in Echo Park at the beautiful Echo Park Garden Gallery. 3 days of self-discovery, laughs, comfort-zone busting and community building! The intention of this year is to host 3 camps, where each camp serves as a stage and levels up as the year progresses. Exposing campers to creativity and community in order to inspire positive change is the mission of  camp #1, Arts Seed. Day 1 included lots of ice-breaking games, getting-to-know-your-neighbor activities, and introductions to the artlabs for the weekend: DJ, emcee, crafts, and photography.

After camp, those of us who could keep hanging out ventured into the city! We caused a friendly little ruckus at LACMA singing and climbing the light poles, continued connecting over some pizza & burritos, and caught the end of a wild Packers v. Cardinals game!

After camp, those of us who could keep hanging out ventured into the city! We caused a friendly little ruckus at LACMA singing and climbing the light poles, continued connecting over some pizza & burritos, and caught the end of a wild Packers v. Cardinals game!

Day 2 we welcomed some awesome LifeShop presentations, one by Willie who offered learnings from his path that started with him working construction in his hometown in Idaho to taking a risk moving to California and now having his hands in multiple amazing projects such as Creative Director of one of our favorites, Roadtrip Nation! There were more skits, games, artlab practice time, and activities like this one where tribes wrote down and shared their most pressing goals:

Staffers & campers all freshly fitted, thanks to LIfeShop Presenter & Tribe Leader Jason who works at New Era!

Staffers & campers all freshly fitted, thanks to LIfeShop Presenter & Tribe Leader Jason who works at New Era!

Shoutout to our behind-the-scenes folks, who are not only killin' the mentorship, but also the cooking game!

Shoutout to our behind-the-scenes folks, who are not only killin' the mentorship, but also the cooking game!

A camper's insta reflection at the end of the night. We love you Kai!

A camper's insta reflection at the end of the night. We love you Kai!

Our emcees getting down on a writing exercise... and some donuts! Mmmmhm!

Our emcees getting down on a writing exercise... and some donuts! Mmmmhm!

SoSoJeff from local non-profit (and one of our inspirations) Culture Shock LA sharing his craft as a DJ/turntablist.

SoSoJeff from local non-profit (and one of our inspirations) Culture Shock LA sharing his craft as a DJ/turntablist.

Day 3 was the awesome culmination of everyone's commitment to authenticity and vulnerability. Tribes reflected about the weekend, campers and staffers up'd their competitiveness on Ladderball, and silliness of course reached its peak! It was a beautiful day, ending with campers finalizing touches on their artlab of choice and preparing the space for the showcase!

Huge thanks to Artslab & Tribe Leader Lily for facilitating the arts & crafts!

Huge thanks to Artslab & Tribe Leader Lily for facilitating the arts & crafts!

Sorting through the prints from their disposable camera photo project!

Sorting through the prints from their disposable camera photo project!

Warming up!

Warming up!

We wish we could have recorded the whole showcase; to say the least it was mad hype being amongst parents, Stephanie the venue owner, campers, and staffers freestyle rapping and getting their groove on! But fear not, here are some highlights :D

Lastly, on the last day we asked campers to explain in their own words, "What is Eayikes?". We also had them do an interpretive dance, but we'll save that video for later. Peace!

<3 Yooney

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