CAMP PUMZIKO HISTORY
As an original founder of the the New Afrikan Scouts, Kweli Sobukwe Umoja, envisioned a national gathering of all New Afrikan Scout chapters at a camp similar to the Boy Scouts of America’s Jamboree. The Los Angeles, California, Zulu Troop, established in 1979, conducted many local camping outings that qualified scouts to earn camping merit badges. The goal of a national New Afrikan Scout Organization (NASO) assembly was not accomplished prior to many of its founders, and leaders relocating to the south.
The NASO camping experiences in the south began under the leadership of the Atlanta chapter. This local chapter was established in 1986 with Aminata Umoja as the Scout troop leader. Kwame Kalimara, a lifetime camper, lead the initial camping activities in April of 1990. He prepared the necessary forms with the assistance of Ahadi Tyehimba, who was one of the Scout co-ordinators in Los Angeles.
The Atlanta troop began camping in tents during weekend outings at pioneer/primitive sites on the grounds of Georgia State Parks. These raw camp sites were less costly than those which provided amenities such as cabins, electricity, water, showers and restrooms.
After a few years of successful camping adventures, the activities evolved to include horseback riding, and boating. The Birmingham, Alabama, troop joined in several of the camping trips. The Birmingham Scout leaders, Ahmed Obafemi and Sanovia Muhammad, also participated in a planning retreat.
It was Sanovia who revived Kweli’s original goal of having a national assembly of Scout troops. She and Ahmed, with the assistance of Kwame, developed the program for an annual national camp gathering. In July of 1994 the first Camp Pumziko came into fruition at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. Sanovia was the Camp Administrator and Camp Medic, Kwame was the Camping Coordinator, and Ahmed was the Logistics Director.
Since the camp's inception, both the number of campers and staff continues to grow as a result of it's overall efficacy.
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