submitted by Pablo Casas, Director of KIN CAMP in Mexico

The name and overarching theme of KIN CAMP is drawn from Mayan tradition. The word “KIN” means Day, Sun and Movement in the Mayan language. According to the Mayan calendar, the day/year one is born defines their “KIN” or main tribe. Campers and staff at KIN CAMP are assigned to KANES (red color), KAUAX (yellow), MULAX (green – originally white) or IXES (blue). These colors form the principal grouping for much of the activity at camp. Within each tribe there are a further 5 symbols that represent them.

For example, if a person is born on the 7th of October 1981, they are part of the LAND clan from the KANES family.

You can learn more about the Mayan calendar and astrology at