In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) is outgrowing its week-long summer camp format! IOOBY will take place on select weekends during the 2016-2017 School Year. This new format includes 4 Saturdays and 2 weekend retreats and allows for expanded participation, new youth leadership, richer programming and greater flexibility. Download an IOOBY Brochure

2016-2017 IOOBY Program Dates

Saturday Dates: October 15 (2016) January 21, March 18, April 22 (2017)
Retreat 1: Friday*-Saturday, Nov 11*-12, 2016
Retreat 2: Saturday-Sunday, Feb 18-19, 2017

* Friday, Nov 11 is a Fed Holiday, school is out

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IOOBY Brochure for 2016-2017
IOOBY Application (Word Doc)  –  IOOBY Application (PDF)

Too often we hear the phrase, “not in MY backyard.” Our interfaith, service-based summer camp experience is designed to open the eyes of campers to the beauty of difference “in our own backyard” of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

In Our Own Backyard is an interfaith leadership program for 9th‐12th grade students. Traditional a Summer Camp, the 2016 IOOBY Program program will take place on select weekends throughout the 2016-2017 school year. This unique MeckMin program is an immersion into our city and into multi‐cultural and interfaith relationships. The relational experience focuses on leadership development and community service and will include:

  • building interfaith friendships,
  • deepening awareness of social issues,
  • fostering racial and ethnic understanding, &
  • working together to build bridges between faith traditions.

Campers experience a poverty simulation, serve at various agencies throughout the city, explore Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha’i faith traditions. There are many amazing mission immersion experiences.

Past IOOBY summer camps have brought together youth from the Christian, Jewish, Baha’i, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist faiths and Latino, Caucasian, African American, Persian and Arab enthnicities.

A Former Camper’s Testimonial

Pictures from IOOBY 2014 (July 14-19)