A Little About Camp...
Held annually on the campus of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, the East Coast Ethiopian Culture Camp (or ECC) began in 2006. ECC was started by parents of Ethiopian adoptive children to connect them with their Ethiopian heritage, and the traditions and customs of their home country. The camp attracts Ethiopian and Ethiopian-American families and relies on the collective knowledge, wisdom and energy of our community.
Through classes, sports, and movies, we share learning, facilitate cultural awareness, and create a haven for long-lasting friendships. Camp runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, and allows both Ethiopian-American and Ethiopian adoptive families a weekend of activities connecting them with Ethiopian culture. Among the session offerings at camp are language, culture and cooking classes, eskista (shoulder-dancing) lessons, programs for children and teens geared to specific age groups, endless games of soccer, Ethiopian movies, music, singing, hair-braiding and unending impromptu gatherings. Saturday night we have an Ethiopian Banquet and dance, so bring your Ethiopian clothes and your dancing shoes! On Sunday morning we will have our annual Fun Run for all ages.
A Little About Our "Staff"...
We hosted our 15th annual camp in 2020!
We have grown from 30 families to over 80 since our first camp was held! Over the years we have learned, grown and adapted to the needs and interests of campers. We rely on our community and the Boston-area Ethiopian community for presenters, teachers and group leaders. Our older campers (high school- and college-age students) run programs for children and sports events, teach classes and connect with the families. These young Ethiopian adults are the backbone of the weekend program.
East Coast Ethiopian Culture Camp is a nonprofit corporation.