Taiwanese American Youth Summer Camps

If you’re unfamiliar with the many non-profit Taiwanese American community organizations that host these excellent home-away-from-home youth summer 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. 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, organizers, or featured speakers 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. Programs for the youth generation are conducted in English. Most attendees are 2nd or 3rd generation Taiwanese Americans, but all are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, or background. Questions or concerns? Be sure to contact the respective conference directors.


Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF) Camp
Dates: June 12-17, 2016 (Sun-Fri)
Location: Walker Creek Ranch
Address: 1700 Marshall Petaluma Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952
Website/Register: http://lyf.tacl.org/ and http://lyf.tacl.org/registration/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tacl.lyf
Fee: $600 / 640 (Early by 4/30, Regular by 5/15)
Typical Attendance: 90-120 (Grades 4-12)
*TACL-LYF, previously known as TAYL, is one of the oldest running Taiwanese American summer camps on the West Coast!

Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leadership Identity Development (TACL-LID) Camp
Dates: June 26 – June 30, 2016 (Sun-Thurs)
Location: Pine Summit Christian Camp
Address: Big Bear Lake, Southern California
Website/Register: http://lidcamp.org/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lidcamp
Fee: $349 / $399 (Early Bird by 4/30, Regular by 6/1)
Typical Attendance: 90-110 (Ages 10-18)
*TACL-LID is one day longer than previous years!


Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG)
Dates: July 1 – July 4, 2016 (Fri-Mon)
Location: East Stroudsburg University
Address: 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA
Programs/Age Range: Tiny Tots (Age 3-6), Juniors (1st-5th Grade), Junior High (6th-8th Grade), High School (9th-12th Grade), College /Young Professionals (College to 30s), Adults
Website/Register: http://tangeneration.org/summer-program/
Staff Application (Deadline: April 30th): Information & Form
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Taiwanese-American-Next-Generation-169239387300
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tangeneration/
Fee: $255-$355
Typical Attendance: 130-150
*TANG is unique in that it also includes a GenX parents program as well as Tiny Tots program!


Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) Summer Conference
Dates: July 24 – July 31, 2016 (Sun-Sun)
Location: Manchester College
Address: 604 E. College Avenue, North Manchester, IN
Website/Register: http://tafworld.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tafworld
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tafagram/
Fee: $400-$550
Typical Attendance: 230-260 (Grade 2 and above, to college / young profesionals)
*As the largest and longest-running camp nationwide, TAF attendees come from all over the Midwest, East Coast, and California! Watch videos from past years: https://www.youtube.com/user/tafmediachannel/videos

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