Summer is almost here and with it comes a whole series of great Taiwanese American youth summer camps and conferences all around the country! There’s no doubt that participating in one of these camps helps to shape future leaders for our community, but for the young camper, that’s not necessarily what draws them to come back year after year – it’s the camaraderie, the bonding, and the super fun times that they have connecting with peers and staff role models!
Below, find a list of upcoming Taiwanese American summer camps around the country. Many have decades of history and experience behind them and attract great counselors, staff and speakers.
I personally grew up with camps like these and spent a better part of the past 15+ years helping to plan, organize, or speak at them. I can attest to the quality of the programs that dedicated organizers put together as well as the impact that it makes on young Taiwanese Americans. I was once one of those kids.
If you have or know of grade school through high school aged kids, please pass the word on and encourage them to attend one or more camps! It’s through opportunities like these that help shape amazing individuals who take pride in their identity and go on to do great things in the world.
For more information, visit the camp websites or contact their respective organizers.
2010 SUMMER CAMPS
Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward
When: Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 27, 2010
Where: Marin Headlands Institute, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA
Grades: 5th – 12th
Fee: $280 (additional $50 after May 15, 2010)
Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF), formerly known as Taiwanese American Youth Leadership (TAYL), is held every June in the Bay Area for Taiwanese American youth in grades 5 through 12 to deepen their understanding of their unique cultural heritage and to cultivate their leadership and communication skills. In the past, the camp has featured team-building workshops, leadership exercises, Taiwanese language and history lessons, and traditional delicacies. College students and young professionals serve as counselors for the youth. Over the past 25 years, the camp has drawn an average of 75 participants each year.
Taiwanese American Next Generation
When: Friday, July 2 – Monday, July 5, 2010
Where: University of Delaware
Grades: 2nd – 12th, plus college program
Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) is dedicated to the development of Taiwanese Americans from middle-school to young professionals. In 2003, TANG was formed under TACEC (Taiwanese American Conference – East Coast) to create a formal program for future Taiwanese American youth. TANG’s programs are centered around four themes: identity, community, growth, and family. The mission of TANG is to guide the personal development of Taiwanese American identities in a safe, nurturing environment and to develop well-rounded, passionate leaders who will make an impact in a wide-range of communities.
Taiwanese American Foundation
When: Sunday, July 25 – Sunday, August 1, 2010
Where: Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN
Grades: 2nd – 12th, plus college/young professional “tafLabs”
The Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit organization that focuses on developing personal leadership in youth and building strong cultural and social ties within the Taiwanese American community. Through its annual week-long summer conference, often considered the premier camp in the Taiwanese American community, TAF strives to empower youth to explore and develop a strong sense of self, compassion and understanding of others, excellent interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities that will impact their surroundings and environment in a meaningful and unique way.
Taiwanese American Citizen League – Leadership Identity Development
When: Thursday, August 5 – Sunday, August 8, 2010
Where: UCLA campus, Westwood, CA
Grades: 6th – 12th
Fee: $295 before July 11th
Taiwanese American Citizen League – Leadership Identity Development (TACL-LID) camp has a storied past. It began in the 1980’s as a way for 1st generation to connect with 2nd generation Taiwanese Americans. The camp has since transformed into one focused on youth to instill a sense of leadership, identity, and community. With a core group of college counselors, campers are transported away from home to various campgrounds each summer and winter. There, they participate in team-building activities and cultural workshops such as rope courses, learning to speak Taiwanese, and how to deal with the various pressures of adolescence. At the very core of this camp is community.