Cultural Explorers

Beyond the Postcard, the trip of a lifetime starts right here in Charlotte this Summer!

A Cross Cultural Focus

Charlotte Day Camp was founded with a focus on cross-cultural exploration and learning to think beyond our immediate surroundings. This philosophy remains at the core of our camp program. We are hosting our 2017 camp in partnership with the Midwood International Cultural Center, which houses the International House of Charlotte, to help with the vision of creating a hub of cultural and international activity.

Global Awareness Interdisciplinary Theme

The Partnership for 21st Century Education has identified Global Awareness and Cross-cultural competency as a key interdisciplinary theme that students must master to succeed in work, life, and citizenship.

What exactly does it mean to be globally aware? See some of our Cultural Explorer program objectives:

  • Using 21st century skills (our 4 Cs + Leadership) to understand and address global issues

  • Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and curiosity

  • Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages

What cultures and countries are we exploring? We're glad you asked!

2017 Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes


June 12-16: Egypt


Popular conceptions of Egypt come mostly from ancient history and popular hollywood adventure movies. Dive into the sands of time this week as we journey up (or down) the Nile River and discover the new and old Egypt. From 1,000 of years BC and the invention of agriculture and writing to modern expression of age old art, media, food, dance. Discover this hub of North African, Mediterranean, and Arab culture. 

For those who are wondering, campers who attend this week will definitely learn to walk like an Egyptian.

June 19-23: France


Bon Voyage! France is famous for its fashion, food, shopping, and cafe lifestyle, but there remains much to discover about our Western European neighbors. Do you know why there are so many strange words in English with multiple vowels next to each other like chauffeur and lieutenant? Even the English kings once only spoke French. America likely would not have won the Revolutionary War without France's help. France is a country that has influenced our lives down to this very day. We will explore how France’s culture and national identity have changed over time and the impact it has had on us today.

June 26-30: Japan


Japan has become one of America’s strongest allies in the world. This is a culture that has a deep history of science, poetry, technology, drawing, food, and business. Japan has also made many modern contributions to global business and culture, such as the concept of lean manufacturing and the animated world of Pokemon. Come spend a week with us to explore Japanese values, traditions, and ways of life as we discover ancient roots and a high tech future in the Land of the Rising Sun.

July 3-7: Central America


Central America is a large geographic area and an incredibly diverse cultural space. We will explore the region as a whole, zooming in to show the intricacies of local cultures and zooming out to give campers an idea of the breadth of cultures from Mexico to Panama. This dichotomy of experience will give campers a unique insight into cultures and places that are seeing rapid growth in our Charlotte region.

July 10-14: China


The next hundred years of history could be largely influenced by Chinese and US relations. Join us for an exploration of the Middle Kingdom, and a better understanding of the largest country in the world. Many Chinese people claim that two of the most important aspects to it culture are Food and Writing. We will explore these as well as the art, history, and landmarks of some of the world’s most recognized cities.

July 17-21: New Zealand


New Zealand sits in the Southern Pacific Ocean, a mini-continent that is neighbors with Australia. This pair of large islands represents a mix of cultures, from the native Maori culture to European imported influences. New Zealand is famous for its beautiful landscapes and its fantastic food products. We will explore cultural origins and modern complexities in our trip to The Land of the Long White Cloud.

July 24-28: Tanzania


Tanzania is a land of incredible natural beauty. 38% of the land is protected for wildlife conservation. Vast grasslands are home to the “Big Five”, the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino. Tanzania is also home to Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The the tropical island of Zanzibar is surrounded by coral reefs, whales, and sharks. This east African nation hosts a variety of languages, cultures and tribes. We will explore all this wonderful country has to offer.

July 31-August 4: Italy


Welcome to Italy! People here love to cook and eat large meals with family, friends and guests. We hope we can fit all the delicious food and over 3,000 years of history, culture and traditions into just one week of summer fun! It’s sure to be an amazing adventure visiting the boot-shaped country bursting with beautiful landscapes as we discover how Italy's ancient and modern worlds blend together.

August 7-11: Argentina


Argentina is the second largest country in South America. It is a country of immigrants—Argentina was one of the most common destinations for European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The mix of these cultures has created a country with a diverse cultural identity. It is famous for its Argentine cowboys, rugged landscapes, and passionate music and dance.

August 14-18: Greece


Talk about gorgeous! This week will be a mix of Greece’s incredible history, culture, and amazing landscapes. Greece is the birthplace of many modern ideas. Great historical city-states created music, arts, literature, and political institutions that are still with us to this day. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A visit to Greece and it's many islands will be a fantastic conclusion to our world travels this summer. 

August 21-25: Charlotte


That's right, during the last week of camp we are exploring none other than the Queen City! Charlotte is a city that is changing quickly, and this week we get to explore the cultural diversity present in our very own hometown. This week will be largely field-trip based as we get out to explore Charlotte culture and places of interest.