Since 1990, UAII has offered a unique summer camp experience for American Indian youth in Los Angeles, along with other tribal groups throughout the state. The camp is designed for youth ages 5-12, and there are Counselors in Training positions for teens ages 13-18. To register with our summer camp program, you need to be registered with the American Indian Health Project at UAII, and the American Indian Clubhouse. A physical will be required no sooner than 60 days before camp, which can be provided at our Clinic or through your own private doctor.
When UAII began operations in 1974 on Skid Row in Downtown LA, there were many American Indian families battling issues of alcoholism, violence, and poverty. UAII leadership wanted to provide an opportunity to show the youth something different - outside their concrete jungle. Through the vision of Robert Sundance and David Rambeau, opportunities were created for the youth to introduce them to a "larger" world beyond Skid Row.
In 1990, UAII held its first summer camp with only a handful of kids, 2 staff, and donated food. From those humble beginnings, we have grown to become a youth summertime institution in Los Angeles. Thousands of youth from Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego, Inyo, and Arizona have joined us at camp and shared in our tradition. Our motto for our program is "Different Clans, One Nation, Our Dream for Future Alcohol-free Generations."
The camp is comprised of youth ages 5-12 (85%), and teens ages 13-18 (15%). Supported by all the programs of United American Indian Involvement, Inc., and our partner organizations, we provide a week-long residential camp that offers outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, fishing, and camping. Social activities like arts/crafts, theatre, and games offer our youth a relaxing environment to get to know other American Indian youth. What makes our camp unique is our shared American Indian culture which is infused into all our programming.
We'd like to thank all the parents and staff for all your support, and Indian Health Service for their continued support of our camp and our shared vision for "Future Alcohol-free Generations." See you in 2023!
We hope you enjoy!
A short video that shows highlights of our 2021 summer camp at Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in the Angeles National Forest.
A movie made by one of our teen Counselor in Training participants at Camp Oliver in Descano (San Diego County).
This video was created for our 2015 summer camp at Bernasconi Education Center in Big Pine.