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.
On June 23rd our camp application process reached capacity. Our registration process opened in April and we have now reached our limit. Thank you to everyone that submitted your application and remember all documents must be completed by our due date: July 18th.
Monday, July 25, 2022 - Saturday, July 30, 2022
Camp Registration must be completed by Monday, July 18th. Registration Packets received after that date aren't guaranteed a spot at camp. Clubhouse Staff are in the office on Wednesday and Friday to assist with Summer Camp Registration. Please email us to set up an apporintment.
UAII Health Project registration is required to be eligible for summer camp. Below is the form if you have not registered your child with UAII previously. If you have registered your child with UAII, then please contact the Health Project's Case Managers at (213) 202-3970 to complete a brief update packet.
This is a required form that will be filled out by our Clinic (if you have your child's physical at UAII), or completed by your own doctor. Once completed, please submit this form to the Clubhouse so we can continue your registration.
Registration with the Clubhouse is only required one time, starting in 2022. We use a HIPAA-compliant website (Jotform) to protect your information, however, you will need to register a free account when you log in to fill out the form.
A new registration packet for Summer Camp is required every year. We use a HIPAA-compliant website (Jotform) to protect your information, however, you will need to register a free account when you log in to fill out the form
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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.