Camp Details


We are pleased to have artist-in-residence NADINE TOUMA at Al-Bustan Camp 2014. Ms. Touma is an author, inter-disciplinary educator, and designer of educational projects that integrate the arts and Arabic language. She won several prestigious international awards including three awards at The Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.

Based in Beirut, Lebanon, Ms. Touma founded Dar Onboz in 2006. As she explains the Dar Onboz vision:

Dar Onboz is the beginning of a childhood journey, living in us forever. The Onboz family would like to see toddlers, children and youth enjoying and loving Arabic books and parents reading them to their children. The Onboz family would like to create connections between writers, artists, designers, typographers, filmmakers, musicians and activists who want to contribute in building their society through a book, a drawing, a song, a photograph, an awareness campaign, a word, a film, or an animation. Join us!

Camp Dates & Hours

AL-BUSTAN CAMP will hold its 13th summer at Friends Select School, July 7 – 18, 2014 for rising K to 8th graders.

Monday – Friday. Drop-off is 8:45 to 9:00am and pick-up is 4:15 to 4:30pm.

Children  can sign up for one or two weeks, although two weeks allows for a richer language and cultural experience.

High School students can apply to be volunteer counselors.  All counselors must attend June 30 – July 3 for training and camp preparations.  If interested, please complete the Counselor Application: Download Counselor Application 2014.

JULY 18, 2014, 6-7pm: End-of-Camp Performance & Exhibit at Friends Select School Auditorium — open to the public.


Al-Bustan Camp will be held in Center City Philadelphia at Friends Select School located at 17th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Campers will have access to well-equipped classrooms, auditorium, cafeteria, and playground.

Schedule and Curriculum

A typical camp day includes fun and engaging activities in music, storytelling, dramatic play, visual art, nature, and  Arabic. Feel free to contact us if your family would like a copy of the camp’s daily schedule.

This summer, artist-in-residence Ms. Touma will guide the campers through a journey that explores the theme of birds and associated ideas of flight, migration, and biodiversity.