Cultivating Culture – Al-Bustan’s Arab Arts and Culture Summer Camp

Posted On:
28 February, 2022
Al-Bustan Camp, Our Hub, Presenting, Teaching, Upcoming

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to hold our 21st annual Al-Bustan Camp, Cultivating Culture: Al-Bustan’s Arab Arts and Culture Camp at Bartram’s Garden. This summer, campers ages 5-14 will learn about the significance of gardens in Southwest Asia and North Africa, from the eighth-century palace gardens of Greater Syria to the Mughal Gardens of Babur to the riads of the Maghreb still enjoyed today! Campers can look forward to classes in the Arabic language, percussion, visual art, theater, and more while forming life-long friendships in the splendid grounds of Bartram’s Garden.

Al-Bustan’s flagship program running every summer since 2002, provides a fun, welcoming, and enriching environment that brings together campers, artists, educators, and families, while fostering curiosity and creativity. In our 20th year, we are excited to return to the garden after a difficult year and celebrate our community with a summer camp like no other!

Al-Bustan will announce of 2022 policy to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Al-Bustan Camp by May 15th. At a minimum, campers are required to wear face masks while indoors at ALL times. All parents/ guardians will be asked to sign a waiver noting the steps that Al-Bustan has taken to ensure a safe camp environment while acknowledging that there is no way to eliminate all risk of contraction.




Dates: June 20-24; June 27-July 1, 2022.

Location: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143

Time: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM (Drop-off from 8:45-9:00 AM and pick-up from 4:00-4:15 PM)

Registration: $600 for full two-week camp (Register before May 15th and use our $100 Early Bird Discount to pay $500!)

We hope to hold a performance for limited friends and family following on final day of camp on Friday, July 1st. Details to be announced.

IMPORTANT: Please note that while we offer a one-week option, our camp is designed as a thematically integrated two-week program that ends with a culminating presentation. If you MUST register your camper for only one week, please contact for a separate registration form. 

Teachers & Staff:

Hafez Kotain: Percussion

Lisa Volta: Visual Art

Fadi Skeiker: Theater & Storytelling Workshops

Amal Kabalan: Science Workshops

Susan Muaddi Darraj: Writing Workshop

Leila Cartier: Jewelry-making workshop

TBA: Comedy Workshop

Madjdy Kassem: Arabic

Bridget Peak: Camp Coordinator

David Heayn-Menendez: Camp Coordinator

plus Volunteers and Counselors

We are proud to offer generous need-based scholarships funded by the Al-Bustan Camp Scholarship Fund Honoring Hazami Sayed for Al-Bustan Camp this year!

Apply for a camp scholarship HERE


Register before May 15th: $500 per camperRegister after May 15th: $600 per camperOne-week rates are available upon request.

10% first sibling discount and 20% additional sibling discount.

If you need to unenroll your camper in Al-Bustan Summer Camp for any reason, the cancellation policy is as follows:Cancellation before May 20th: full refundCancellation between May 20th-June 15th: partial refundCancellation after June 15th: no refund

Have questions about Al-Bustan Camp? Email Camp Coordinator Bridget Peak

Al-Bustan Camp Covid-19 Policy:

In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has implemented the following preventative measures:

    1. All campers and camp staff are required to wear a face mask while indoors.

    2. Weather permitting, all meals will be eaten outdoors.

    3. All campers will receive two at-home COVID-19 tests. If your camper exhibits COVID-19-like symptoms, either at home or while at Al-Bustan Camp, we ask that you test your camper at home. We will call you to pick your camper up from Bartram’s Gardens if symptoms arise during the camp day. 

    4. We will address positive cases of COVID-19 at Al-Bustan Camp on a case-by-case basis.