South Sudanese Dinka Language Camp

August 12-19, 2024

This camp is for ages 9-20.

Campers will experience traditional camp activities, including swimming, survival skill training, horseback riding, wall climbing, games, campfires, Christian worship and much more! 

Program Directors are Rev. John Machol Chuol and Rev. Nathaniel Deng Mayen, 

The camp fee is $50 per camper.  Once you register your camper, you will be provided with information about payment deadlines and other details.

Campers will sleep in bunk houses with others. Those under 18 will be supervised 24 hours a day by an adult.  There are washrooms and showers in a separate building on site, as well as a dining hall where meals will be provided.

Dinka language instruction will be provided during the week.  An outline of the program is below.

Pïïr ku Ceŋ de Jiëëŋ – Outline of the Program

Kuat – Family Tree

Ruɛ̈i - Relatives

Paanda - Nuclear (immediate) family

Kuanda - Extended family

Ciëk – Naming

Ceŋ – Way of Living


Cattle camp (Wut)





Riëëu – Way of Respect

Rites of Passage - Birth, naming, initiation, Marriage, Death

Hospitality and welcoming of visitors

Behaviour and Conduct


Nhiëër – Love

Animals and the environment

Cattle camp



Discipline and Encouragement

Lɔ̈ɔ̈r – Cultural Dance

Type of cultural dance

Songs and their composition

Meaning and non-verbal cues

Duɔ̈ɔ̈r – Rituals/Spiritual practices

Offering and Giving

Food and sacrifices

Ceremonies (Marriage, Funeral, naming, adolescence)


Transportation is available from Regina and Calgary to and from Camp Harding.

Campers will need the following items for the week (please label all items):

  • Twin sized fitted sheet, Sleeping bag or quilt and pillow *
  • Bath towel, toiletries
  • Any prescription medications
  • Flip flops to wear in the shower
  • Several changes of clothes, long pants for riding and for evenings
  • Several pairs of socks to wear inside the dining hall
  • Bathing suit and beach towel *
  • Running shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Rubber boots with a heel for riding *
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Back pack to carry items to the beach etc.
  • Warm jacket or hoodie
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight​
  • Bible, pen and notepad or journal
  • A sense of adventure!


  • Liquor, tobacco, e-cigarettes/vapes and other "drugs" are not allowed.
  • Campers are encouraged to leave cell phones and other valuables at home

*If there are items that you would like provided for your camper, you can let us know during the registration process.

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