year NABO sponsors, and a Basque club hosts, Udaleku--our two-week
Basque Culture Summer Camp. Participants have an opportunity to
learn more about their Basque heritage while having fun and making new
Next year's Udaleku
will be in Reno June 21-July 2, 2010; applications will be coming out in
A look back:
2009 Udaleku in Chino
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Our motto for the
two-week camp will be that of our Basque ancestors: "work hard,
play hard." We'll be learning some things every day, but also
having fun going to different events and participating in activities.
Some of what we have planned includes:
PALA - PILOTA
COOKING (& EATING)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend Udaleku?
Participants must be between the ages of 10 through 15 years of age,
members of a NABO organization, and have current medical insurance.
What is the cut off year of birth for Udaleku participation?
Participants must be born between June 15, 1999 and January 1, 1994.
What does the tuition fee of $300.00 include?
cost covers meals, accommodations, lessons, and outings for the
duration of the camp, and this year a trip for all to Disneyland
What will participants learn at Udaleku?
Participants can expect to focus on the following Basque topics: dance,
songs, euskara, mus, pilota, culture, and txistu.
Can I turn my application in late?
Due to the
high demand for spots in Udaleku, late applications will not be
I am turning 16 in 2009, and don’t make the cut off for participants. Is
there some way I can be involved in Udaleku?
turning 16 and older can apply for the position of Udaleku Aide.
The aide will help the teachers in the running of the camp and lessons.
This is a paid position, with one to three aides being hired for this
camp. Applications can be found on the NABO website. The deadline for
the aide application is May 1st. The Udaleku Organizers will
determine who will be hired as aide. Applicants will be notified by the
end of May.
Where will participants be housed?
Participants will be housed with local Basque Club members.
Can I request that my child be paired in a house with a certain
can be made, but there is no guarantee that the request can be honored.
When can I expect to receive information on where my child will be
information should be available after June 1st.
How can I volunteer to keep children or work at camp?
local housing coordinator at
Can parents observe Udaleku on a day to day basis?
No. No one
will be allowed on site besides participants and staff without the
express authorization of the hosting Club and the Udaleku
Will I need to bring my own txistu?
would like to bring your own instrument, you may. Please make sure that
both the instrument and case are clearly marked with your name. Neither
N.A.B.O. or the Chino Basque Club will be responsible for lost
instruments. If you do not have an instrument, or prefer to not bring
yours, poxpolins will be provided by Udaleku. Participants will be able
to keep the poxpolins at the end of camp.
Which Airport is best to fly into?
need to fly into Ontario, CA airport (ONT) on Sunday, June 28th. Udaleku will arrange transportation from the
airport to Chino. Departures should be scheduled after the
Saturday evening show (July 11th) which closes Udaleku. If flying
out, Sunday July 12th is recommended.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
Weather in Chino is hot (90-100 degrees) during Udaleku. Please bring
comfortable clothing, and shoes that you can dance in (high top sneakers
or strap sandles are not recommended). If you are bringing medicine to
camp, please indicate it on the medical release form so that we know
when it should be taken. If you suffer from hay fever or have any
allergies to plants, food, or trees, be sure to bring your medication
and indicate it on the medical release form. Please bring the following
items to camp:
___ BASQUE DANCING COSTUME
___ Tennis Shoes (required for Pelota)
___ Txistu (poxpolin if you already have one)
___ Dance shoes: espadrille or abarkak
___ Boys: bring a regular white shirt and
blue or black pants
___ Sleeping bag and pillow
___ Prescribed medicine (if any)
___ Comb, brush, bath towels, soap with container, other toiletries
___ Windbreaker / sweatshirt / sweater
___ Hair Dryer
___ Long pants and shorts
___ socks, shoes, underwear
___ Church clothes
___ watch / travel alarm clock
You will respect your hosting families. We are counting on you to be on
your best behavior, and that your will make your hosting families happy
to have opened their homes to you.
You will not take, borrow, or use anything from your hosts without
You will not make telephone calls without permission. The Basque
Center has a pay phone, so it might be a good idea to bring a pre-paid
phone card to use.
You will not leave the house without permission, and without the host
knowing where you are. They are responsible for you, and must know your
You will not help yourselves to the items in their pantries or
refrigerator. Your meals will be eaten at the Center
You will respect any rules the hosting family sets.
You will not make excessive noise in your host house. Most people will
work during the day, and will not appreciate noise after a certain
You will get up on time, and be ready to leave the house when needed.
You will have laundry done once a week. Please do not expect the
hosting family to do laundry more than that.
Any misconduct will result in immediate dismissal from camp.