Multicultural Day Camps
Watch this space for details of our 2024 camps...
A fun, healthy, and engaging exploration of other cultures
Whistler Multicultural Society (WMS) aims to bring cultures together for positive intercultural interactions. WMS programs build cross-cultural connections, develop awareness and understanding of our local diversity, and seek to grow equity and inclusion. We believe that by experiencing aspects of different cultures in a fun and supportive environment, children will gain a different perspective which will help them develop a life-long curiosity and interest in valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion.
Our goal for the Multicultural Day Camps is to introduce children to local cultures represented in Whistler in a fun, safe, and enquiring environment. Each Day Camp is led by local immigrants who customize each day's activities with their own cultural heritage: their language, food, games, crafts, music, song, and dance.
In 2023, we enjoyed learning about Taiwan, Philippines, Brazil, Korea and Ukraine...
On Philippines day, we learned about Philippine fiestas, and made flower hoop decorations. We tried a Philippine drink, sharing traditional 'palamig' - grating our own melon to get the juice for it. Everyone enjoyed cooked all-day breakfast Filipino style, "longsilog", and finished the day by learning and dancing the traditional Bulaklan flower dance.
On Taiwan day, we learned about the Pingxi Lantern Festival and the children had fun creating their own Taiwanese hanging lanterns with lots of imagination. We shared traditional assorted snacks, "winter melon tea" and rice crackers, and we learned to cook zongzi 粽子, vegetarian sticky rice dumplings . To end the day we had fun playing jianzi 毽子 (Chinese shuttlecock)...
On Brazil day, we learned about Brazilian Carnaval and made our own Brazilian carnival mask. We tried 'pao de queijo', traditional snacks made of cheese balls and guarana. During our cooking segment, we learned how to cook Brazilian pastel with 2 fillings (beef and cheese). We ended the day with the most famous dance in Brazil.... samba!
On Ukraine day, we learned about the meaning of the flag, and how important sunflowers are to Ukrainians before making our own crepe paper sunflowers. We made paint stamps using fruits and vegetables and learned some Ukrainian. We shared traditional assorted snacks and learned about the Feast of the Saviour (harvest celebration). During our cooking segment, the children cooked deruny (Деруни) - Ukrainian potato pancakes. We finished the day playing Little Snake - a traditional Ukrainian game!
On Korea day, we learned about and practiced writing hangeul (the Korean alphabet). We made our own mini sogo (drum) with Korean flag. We tried amazing assorted snacks including a traditional rice punch (sikhye 식혜) , Korean honey cookies (yakgwa 약과; 藥菓), and Korean sweets (hangwa 한과). For lunch, we learned how to make bibimbap (비빔밥) . We finished the day by playing some traditional Korean games including tug of war (juldarigi), bean bag throwing (tuho), slap-match (ttaji-chigi). Thank you to Meadow Park Cafe for donating bibimbap sauce for our cooking session.
Thank you to all our 2023 Camp Facilitators
Yami Yeung, Lead Facilitator
Looking forward to another great week next year...
Our thanks to the Resort Municipality of Whistler for supporting this program through the Community Enrichment Program 2023.