Halloween is just around the corner in North America, and AGBU’s youngest members are already playing dress up together. Last Sunday, close to 40 parents and children met at the famous Bronx Zoo in New York for AGBU’s very first “Boo at the Zoo” event, one of the many seasonal activities organized for youth ages eight and under by Camp Nubar Kids. Blue skies and perfect weather kept everyone outdoors and on the zoo’s carousel. With every spin it took, another superhero, Disney character, or athlete went by – and though the AGBU kids weren’t dressed like themselves, their laughter and smiles were unmistakably their own.

Camp Nubar is also looking forward to a full year of fun as it prepares to celebrate its much-anticipated 50th anniversary. An exciting Parents’ Night Out is planned for November 1 in New Jersey. Visit the Camp Nubar site for all the details and more.

Young professionals from across the US and Canada proved that they were never too old for camp during the 7th annual AGBU City Escape weekend that took place at the end of August. The event, which was initiated in 2006 by the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY), was co-hosted this year with the AGBU Young Professionals (YP) groups of Montreal and Philadelphia, and gathered over 40 participants at Camp Nubar for a weekend full of outdoor activities, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains.

Read this press release for more details on the fun-filled retreat.

Another unforgettable summer has come to an end at Camp Nubar, but the festivities are just beginning for camp’s milestone 50th anniversary.

This year, Camp Nubar welcomed over 240 campers – one of the highest number of enrollees in years – from Armenia, Canada, France, Germany and Turkey, plus 14 US states. As in years past, campers spent their days engaging in arts and crafts, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and music, as well as swimming in the private lake. They also enjoyed some new activities, including a basketball class and a hockey league that helped young athletes enhance their game.

Though campers were sad to board the buses home, they can look forward to a year full of celebrations to honor Camp Nubar’s 50th birthday. The new anniversary website has details on upcoming events, including the anniversary celebration, which will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013, in New York City. Tickets are currently on sale – book now to take advantage of a special pre-sale price.

Read the full release here.

Over 50 youth ages seven to 14 from the Bulgarian towns of Haskovo, Plovdiv, Russe, Sofia and Yambol journeyed to the scenic mountains atop the Byalo Kamane resort just a few days ago to enjoy a week of summer fun during the very first session of AGBU Camp Hay Ler. Not wasting a moment of sunshine, the children have already gone swimming and horseback riding, made arts and crafts projects, and began learning Armenian dances. Check out their blog for all the latest updates: http://haylercamp.wordpress.com/.

Congratulations to our AGBU chapters in Bulgaria on this joint initiative! Armenian youth from all over Europe are also welcome to inquire about registering for next summer. Email youth@agbu.org for more information.

The AGBU Generation Next (GenNext) Mentorship Program’s strong network of mentors and youth became even stronger on a recent camping retreat. On Friday, June 22, 2012, over 40 mentees, mentors, and GenNext staffers headed to The Oaks Camp in Lake Hughes, in the foothills of Southern California’s Sierra Pelona Mountains. The two-day trips advanced the program’s mission to positively influence youth and enable them to become responsible, self-sufficient, and independent adults.