Camp Javan FAQ
1. Where is Camp Javan 2013 located?
Camp Javan 2013 will be held in Los Angeles, CA at Whittier College from July 4th to the 10th, in conjunction with IAAB's Camp Ayandeh.
2. Who will supervise the campers?
Campers will be under the direct supervision of IAAB staff and Camp Javan counselors, who are either drawn from our existing IAAB staff, or selected through a rigorous application process.
3. How can I apply?
Camper and counselor applications can be found here:
- New Camper Application
- Returning Camper Application
- New Counselor Application
- If you have participated in Camp Ayandeh as a counselor or camper, please complete the Returning Counselor Application.
4. Will I be able to contact or visit my child during the camp?
Campers will not be allowed to use cell phones during the day unless in the case of an emergency. However, parents or family members will be able to call and communicate with Camp Javan staff at all times. To ensure a cohesive environment, camper parents/guardians are not allowed to stay for Camp Javan activities. There will be a designated time for parent participation and camper celebration at the end of Camp Javan, as well as ample opportunities to speak with Javan staff during drop off or pickup time.
5. What is the cost of camp?
Camp fees, including participation in all camp activities, are $800.
6. Are need-based and merit-based tuition stipends available?
Yes. IAAB offers a number of need-based and merit-based tuition stipends, which require a separate application. IAAB highly encourages all interested students to apply.
7. Are meals provided?
8. What is the camp’s security policy?
IAAB’s educational programs have an immaculate record with regard to camper safety. IAAB’s staff takes extra measures to ensure that campers are safe while under the care and supervision of IAAB at Camp Javan. Campers are under direct supervision at all times, and are never alone during camp. Except for emergencies when accompanied by a counselor or IAAB staff member, or in the instance of a camp-wide field trip, no campers are allowed off-campus during Camp Javan.
9. What does Javan mean?
Javan means “youth” in Persian and the name “Camp Javan” speaks to the camp’s dual mission empowering campers with: a deeper understanding of culture and identity as youth within the Iranian Diaspora, and the confidence and skills to be leaders within their communities. The Iranian diaspora community is diverse and vibrant, a characteristic that Camp Javan represents, embraces, and celebrates.
10. How will Camp Javan’s curriculum be different from Camp Ayandeh?
Camp Javan will build on Camp Ayandeh’s strengths by focusing on identity, community and leadership. At the same time, Camp Javan will emphasize the specific nuances and potentials of middle school, such as the social and leadership skills relevant to younger students.
11. Is Camp Javan open to campers and counselors from outside the Los Angeles area?
Yes. Camp Javan is open to all youth of the Iranian diaspora community. IAAB is invested in bringing together a diverse group of participants and encourages all interested applicants from around the world to apply for Camp Javan.
12. What if I submit my application but don’t include a deposit? What if I’m applying for a tuition stipend?
Applicants who do not include a $200 deposit at the time the application is submitted will not be considered.
If you are applying for a need based tuition stipend, please include a deposit upon submitting both your camper and tuition stipend applications. You will be refunded your deposit if you are offered a tuition stipend. If you are not offered a stipend and decide not to attend Camp Javan, your deposit will also be refunded.
13. What is the housing situation for Camp Javan students?
All Camp Javan students will be housed in Whittier College dorms along with the participants of IAAB's Camp Ayandeh and University Fellows. Camp Javan participants will have their own floor with assigned dormitory rooms. IAAB staff are also assigned to the floor to serve as Resident Advisors. The dorms are completely safe and IAAB takes every precaution available to ensure the safety of all of our participants.