Group hiking in mountains.

Middle School Summer Academy For Girls

Upper Middle school students from across the country join Zaytuna students and faculty on the Berkeley campus of Zaytuna College for spirited conversation and ennobling thought stimulated by classes on our campus and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For a week, participants will learn principals from foundational texts in theology, fiqh and prophetic biography. Students will also experience the beauty and majesty of the natural world backpacking for two nights. It will be a time to make new friends and grow one’s faith. Zaytuna College offers a beautiful Muslim environment, which provides a rich spiritual and intellectual life.


The Middle School Program

The pursuit of wisdom begins with wonder – wonder about the causes and principles of man and nature, and wonder about God, who is the first cause and principle of all things. At Zaytuna your child will learn that learning is holistic, to this point, we have created a program that addresses the mind, body and spirit that inspires creativity, spiritual growth, and self-confidence. The Zaytuna Summer Academy seeks to cultivate wonder and lead participants toward wisdom.

General Information
Dates July 21st –27th, 2019

Zaytuna College Upper Campus and the Sierra Nevada mountains


Imam Dawood Yasin MALS (Dartmouth College), Scott Doolin Zaytuna College ‘18 , Iman Hamze, Zaytuna alumni


The Curriculum and the Discussion Method

The curriculum of the week-long program includes foundational texts in theology, fiqh, prophetic biography, and texts that introduce students to the concept of spiritualty in the natural world found in the Islamic tradition. Students will also learn from sources in other traditions, namely First Nation (Native American) spiritual teachings. The theology sessions will include a selected reading of the commentary of the Ninety-Nine Names of God. The Fiqh session focuses on purification and prayer and will be taught in camp while backpacking. The astronomy practicum demonstrates how to assign the proper times for salatbased on the observation of natural phenomena.

Group size is deliberately small in order to allow each participant the opportunity to contribute to the discussions and participate fully in all activities.

Outside the Classroom

The Berkeley campus of Zaytuna College is ideal for recreation of all sorts. In addition to archery on campus and hiking in the hills surrounding the campus, the program includes a two-night three-days backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  Please read the packing list carefully, as it is imperative that all participants are well prepared for this portion of the program. 



Who? Middle school female students, 6th – 8th grades.

When? Sunday, July 21st - Saturday, July 27th. 

Students should arrive on campus by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday July 21st, and plan to depart Zaytuna College after 7:00 PM on Friday. Students traveling by air have the option to depart on Saturday, July 27th.

Where? All camping trips start out at Zaytuna College’s Upper Campus located at 2770 Marin Avenue in Berkeley, and the overnight camping is in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

What to bring?

  • A sense of adventure
  • Headlamp with new batteries or spares
  • Backpacking bowl/cup/spork
  • Sturdy, broken-in walking/hiking shoes
  • Lightweight shoes/sandals for hanging out at our campsite that can be worn with socks (like Crocs/Tevas/Chacos rather than flip-flops)
  • Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L capacity
  • Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses
  • Health insurance card & ID
  • Feminine hygene products
  • Toothbrush/mini toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Glasses or contacts with solution
  • Journal and pen
  • Lightweight backpacking pillow, earplugs, camera

Personal clothing

  • Lightweight Hiking Pants (nylon or similar synthetic fabric, non-cotton)
  • Swimming Attire (modest)
  • 1 bandanna
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 1 other article for layering (fleece vest, another heavy non-cotton shirt)
  • 1 short or long-sleeve shirt (non-cotton) 
  • 1 hat with brim (for sun protection) 
  • 2 pair wool socks 
  • 1 pair Polypro top
  • 1 pair Polypro bottom
  • 1 fleece or wool jacket/pullover
  • 1 wool or fleece hat

Provided by Zaytuna College: 

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
  • Sleeping pad
  • 60L backpack (or larger) 
  • 1 pair long fleece pants
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof pants
  • Optional: hiking poles (esp. if you have knee issues)

How much? $750.00 for tuition, housing, meals, books, and organized off-campus activities. Students may want to bring a small amount of spending money.

Why? Because it may be the most significant week of your life.

How do I get there? By car or air. Out-of-town students will be met at Oakland International Airport (OAK) by college staff. Return transportation to the airport will be provided at the end of the program.

For more information, call 510-900-3153, or email Scott Doolin at [email protected]


Dates: Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, July, 27 2018

$750.00 per individual.
Includes: tuition, housing, meals, books, and organized off-campus activities

Cancellation policy: 

  1. Payment due at time of registration. 
  2. No refund if the cancellation request is received on or after June 28, 2019.

Availability is limited, complete the form below to reserve your spot.