“Travel Along with Ibn Jubayr!” at Al-Bustan Summer Camp 2021

Posted On:
04 May, 2021
Al-Bustan Camp, Past EventsTeaching
Summer Camp 2021

Join Al-Bustan as we dive into the epic story of 12th Century Traveler Ibn Jubayr—or Abu Hussain Muhammed ibn Ahmad ibn Jubayr al-Kenani— and explore the cities scattered throughout the lands between Granada and Mecca as they existed in his lifetime. In vivid detail, Ibn Jubayr paints his world, from the volcanic Aeolian islands to the people he encountered along his journey. His two-year journey is recalled in Rihla, a book which inspired a whole new genre of writing, known as the creative travelogue! Campers will be introduced to Ibn Jubayr, his world, and his writings through classes in Visual Art, Science, Arabic, Percussion, Storytelling, and more!

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!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Bustan has decided to hold our camp this year outdoors under the cover of a large tent. We will require ALL campers to wear a face mask at ALL times (except when eating or drinking) and will work to maintain 6 feet of distance at all times between campers. 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.

July 5-9; 12-16, 2021
Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143)
9:30-4:45 M-F (Drop-off from 9-9:30 and pick-up from 4:45-5pm)
Group Dimashq: ages 5-9
Group Al-Iskandaria: ages 10-14


We hope to hold a performance for limited friends and family following the final day of camp on Friday, July 16th. Details to be announced.

Summer Camp Schedule

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 bridget@albustanseeds.org for a separate registration form. 

Teachers & Staff:
Hafez Kotain:
Nashid Ali: Storytelling
Lisa Volta: Visual Art & Science
Fadi Skeiker: Theater Workshop
Esraa Warda: Dance Workshop
TBA: Arabic
Bridget Peak: Camp Coordinator
David Heayn-Menendez: Camp Coordinator

plus Volunteers and Counselors


Register before June 1st: $600 per camper
Register after June 1st: $650 per camper
One-week rates are available upon request.

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

Limited Hazami Sayed Summer Camp Scholarships Available. If interested in applying for a camp scholarship for your camper(s), please contact bridget@albustanseeds.org.

If you need to unenroll your camper in Al-Bustan Summer Camp for any reason, the cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellation before June 15th: full refund
Cancellation between June 15th-July 1st: partial refund
Cancellation after July 1st: no refund