2016 IOOBY Camp Dates Survey
for youth leaders

  Applications: 2016 Application process will begin in December 2015

2015 IOOBY Brochure

Camp Dates: 2016 Dates TBA

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 service and leadership camp for rising 10th‐12th grade students. The camp will take place July 27 ‐ Aug 1, 2015. Sponsored by MeckMin, it 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 is also a surprise mission immersion experience.

Past 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.

IOOBY Brochure 2015

A Former Camper’s Testimonial

Pictures from IOOBY 2014 (July 14-19)