Ramadan Mubarak to the MYC family!

Prayer rugs made by young campers at MYC 2011.

The start of Ramadan also starts our countdown to MYC 2014!

Only 33 days left!

And only one day left for the registration discount
(Early Bird Registration ends TODAY, June 30)!!

Click here to register for MYC 2014

Blogging about MYC

MYC was recently featured on a blog about nature, religion, and spirituality, "EdenKeeper."  The post even included some black-and-white pictures from our early days in the 1960s.  Read the full blog post here.

Do you know about the Quraishi Scholarship?

At our 50th Anniversary celebration, we announced the launch of a new camper scholarship named for MYC's founders, Marghoob and Iffat Quraishi.  Seeded with donations from that event, the Quraishi Scholarship now provides full registration waivers for deserving campers who enhance the diversity of our MYC family. Your continued support will help keep this scholarship going.  Please donate to the Quraishi scholarship fund and help us bring the MYC experience to a whole new group of young American Muslims.
Donate to the Quraishi Scholarship fund here
Apply for the Quraishi Scholarship here (deadline is July 15)

Blast from the Past

Who are these campers?


Hint: The year was 1994.

MYC was held that year at Camp Morning Star in Angeles Oaks Forest, and the theme was "The Arts and Sciences of Islam."

(Scroll to the bottom for answer)

MYC 2014 Sneak Peek

2014 Theme:


"Assalamu Alaikum - Wa Alaikum Assalam:
Initiating and Reciprocating Peace"


We say these words all the time, but what do they mean to us and to the person we're greeting with them?

MYC 2014 will focus on really understanding these words and how to live by them. We will explore the many ways of activating peace in our lives and take a close look at dealing with obstacles to peace.

By the end of the week, God-willing, as these words tumble from your lips, they will also make you smile.

Here are just a few of our confirmed teachers and counselors for MYC 2014!


Claire Alkouatli

Writer and teacher based in Vancouver. Read her recent Huff Po article "Tools in Crafting our Best Muslim Selves: Some Reflections on Islamic Education in a Global Age (and be sure to click on the word "camps" in the second paragraph!)
Jihad Turk

President of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school in Southern California.
Hafsa Arain

Interfaith activist (including working with Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and Tony Blair Faith Foundation), creative nonfiction writer, and Muslim Chaplain at La Verne Colelge.  You can find her on Tumblr as “SalaamWorld."
Todd Gallinger

Attorney, CAIR Director of Chapter Development, New Horizons School Board member, and currently student at Bayan Claremont.
Sakeena Mirza

Trained Montessori elementary teacher, Coordinator at Explore Islam, a weekend school program, and currently beginning a graduate program in Social Welfare at UCLA.




Peace in Oneself

Beginning a week’s exploration of areas of peace in our lives, starting with ourselves.



Peace in Inter-Personal Relationships

Moving beyond the individual to building and maintaining strong peaceful relationships with friends and family that our campers can practice during the MYC week as well as at home in their daily lives.

Wednesday and Thursday

Peace in Society

Directing our focus to peace as it relates to the larger community(ies) around us. Classes on Wednesday will focus on the Muslim community, and on Thursday we will look at society generally.


Peace in the Divine

From peace within ourselves and with others, we focus on connecting to God - the source of all peace.


Kanza Khan
of Michigan State University.  Read her recently posted Ramadan Reflections here!
Banah Ghadbian

Activist, writer, and student at Spelman College, majoring in Sociology and Women's Studies.

Malek Al-Marayati

Student of English and Marine Biology at Cal State Northridge, also Student Senator and Board Member of the Muslim Student Association.

Amin Momand
Aspiring Doctor of Psychology, director on the Islamic Center of the South Bay (Los Angeles) Board, and leader of the Boys Youth Group.
Sulayman Dehlawi

Recent graduate of the University of Washington, volunteer activist, and long-time MYC camper (and we mean LONG time!).


So, who were they?

Jihad Turk (right, in the Harry Potter glasses) and Sulayman Dehlawi (the baby on the left).

Both are still regular MYC campers - Jihad as an inspiring teacher and camp dad and Sulay as a beloved counselor. Join them both at MYC 2014 in August!

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