It’s that time of year again as the Taiwanese American summer camps begin to open for registration! If you’re unfamiliar with the many Taiwanese American youth programs that host these excellent home-away-from-home camps, be sure to explore the links below. One thing you’ll consistently hear from the participants is how much an experience like this changed their lives.
For those new to the summer conference and camp scene, know that we at TaiwaneseAmerican.org endorse all of the listed programs. They all have talented and committed counselors and staff with a strong sense of personal identity and leadership skills, and they are on a mission to help grade school through high school aged youth grow as individuals and as part of a strongly networked community.
Many of our own TaiwaneseAmerican.org staff members grew up with these camps, and some even still serve as staff or organizers today. Over the past two to three decades, we’ve seen many leaders emerge from these programs and know that more amazing folks will grow from them in the years to come.
Read on for more information about each of the specific camps and follow their respective websites and Facebook page links to stay up-to-date on info. Questions or concerns? Be sure to contact the respective conference directors.
Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF) Camp
Dates: June 24-29, 2014 (Tues-Sun)
Location: Walker Creek Ranch
Address: 1700 Marshall Petaluma Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tacl.lyf
Typical Attendance: 80-110
*Registration period has ended, but there may be a handful of spaces left. Contact the directors to inquire.
Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leadership Identity Development (TACL-LID) Camp
Dates: August 6-10, 2014 (Wed-Sun)
Location: Cedar Lake Camp
Address: Big Bear, CA
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lidcamp
Typical Attendance: 90-110
Taiwanese Association of America MidWest Summer Conference
Dates: July 10 – 13, 2014 (Thurs-Sun)
Location: Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resorts
Address: 4560 Hilton Corporate Dr., Columbus, OH
Click for: Information / Program (PDF) / Registration
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/123613477833143/
Contact: Rachel Burroughs by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Traditionally, the TAA conferences have been family-oriented with strong 1st generation Taiwan issues-oriented programming. Though there is no youth-specific program, this year they have many 2nd generation English speakers (including TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai) and have chosen a fun setting for all ages. Bring your family!
Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) Summer Conference
Dates: July 27 – August 3, 2014 (Sun-Sun)
Location: Manchester College
Address: 604 E. College Avenue, North Manchester, IN
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tafworld
Typical Attendance: 220-260
*Watch videos from past years: https://www.youtube.com/user/tafmediachannel/videos
Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) Camp
Dates: July 3 – July 6, 2013 (Wed-Sun)
Location: East Stroudsburg University
Address: 200 Prospect St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/265175013654593/
Typical Attendance: 120-140
*This year, a GenX Reunion is being planned. So, if you grew up with TAC/EC before it was renamed TANG, think about sending your kids to TANG, then coming to hang out with old friends and connecting with new ones.