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“You don’t just make friends, you make family.”

EMINEH NORAVIAN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 
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Mission

AYF Camp was established to provide an opportunity for Armenian youth living in the Diaspora to learn their history, reconnect with their heritage and foster life-long friendships. Today, the unique program includes social, cultural and educational activities that promote healthy development and strengthen Armenian identity within our youth.

About Us

Located in the Angeles National Forest near the city of Wrightwood, AYF Camp is 11.5 acres of beautiful forestland with facilities to accommodate up to 150 campers and staff each week.

The Armenian Youth Federation Summer Camp of California, established in 1977, provides a great atmosphere for young Armenians between the ages of eight and seventeen to make new friends, become better acquainted with Armenian history and culture, and participate in a wide array of activities. Each year, Armenian youth from all over the United States and Canada make AYF Summer Camp an integral part of their summer agenda. The Armenian Youth Federation would like to make AYF Summer Camp a part of every youngster’s summer, and invites any interested youth to join our fun.


 
  The first group of campers at Camp Big Pines in 1978

The first group of campers at Camp Big Pines in 1978

 

“AYF Camp is my home away from home.”

Tamar Gharibian  |  Staff

 
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  Founders Khachig Khachigian, Vahe Injeyan, Khajag Sheetelian

Founders Khachig Khachigian, Vahe Injeyan, Khajag Sheetelian

History

In 1969, the AYF Camp program was founded on the West Coast with an inaugural one week session with 35 campers. AYF members found and purchased the Camp Big Pines campground in 1977 where the AYF Camp program has been running ever since.

The Armenian Youth Federation Summer Camp of California provides a great atmosphere for young Armenians between the ages of seven and seventeen to make new friends, become better acquainted with Armenian history and culture, and participate in a wide array of activities. Each year, Armenian youth from all over the United States, Canada, and other countries make AYF Summer Camp an integral part of their summer agenda. The Armenian Youth Federation would like to make AYF Summer Camp a part of every child’s summer, and invites any interested youth to join our fun.

Over the years, the AYF Camp program has grown from one week to eight and from 35 campers to over 900, but a few trademark traditions haven’t changed. Wacky Olympics, Educationals, Butt Volleyball, Quiz Bowl, Egg Toss, Steal the Bacon and more are still staple activities every summer. The staff has always been purely volunteer and remains that way. AYF Camp continues to be a place for Armenian youth to learn about Armenian history, heritage, Hai Tad, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

 
 
 
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