Dates: June 20 – 24, 2012 (Wed-Sun)
Location: Monte Toyon (Santa Cruz county)
Address: 20 Cloister Lane, Aptos, CA
Typical Attendance: 80-100
The Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF) Camp is held every June in the San Francisco Bay Area for Taiwanese American youth in grades 4-12 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 course of its twenty-five-year history, the camp has drawn approximately 70 participants each year. LYF members are proactive citizens who effectively give back to their respective communities and freely share their Taiwanese heritage with others, thus contributing to the rich multicultural fabric of American society.
For over 25 years, our camp has been empowering kids to become effective leaders in their communities. Established in 1982 as Taiwanese American Youth Leadership (TAYL), the camp originally started as a place where first generation Taiwanese parents could pass on their culture and political beliefs without fear of government retribution. Over the years, the camp has evolved to help Taiwanese youth of all generations handle the issues they face as American citizens. Today, the camp’s mission is to help foster awareness of the campers’ Taiwanese identity, culture, and values.
These activities are designed to enlighten the campers on various aspects of Taiwanese American culture. Each year, we focus on a different theme such as cultural heritage, leadership skills, self-confidence, and community.
These are led by two counselors; each small group allows campers to experience LYF in a family-like setting. The purpose is to foster in-depth group discussions as follow-up to the speaker sessions and to help develop life-long friendships with fellow Taiwanese Americans.
These are fun activities that can involve anything from physical sports, to crafts, to food-making, to Taiwanese painting.
Traditional camp activities
Camp wouldn’t be complete without some traditional activities such as campfire, story telling, and chubby bunny!
No explanation needed.
We invite the parents, family and friends of all campers to come join us at 10am on the last day of camp, Sunday, for a half-day of fun. Parents will have the opportunity to experience camp for themselves and see what their kids are all excited about. We have many activities lined up for you, and you can join the counselors and campers for lunch. Please indicate on the registration form, how many family and friends are coming. Don’t worry about money, the cost is included in camp fees.
Questions? Contact Co-Head Counselors Katarina Makmuri and Vincent Chang at [email protected] or (650) 260-TACL.