Typical camp activities and programs include: Calligraphy classes, Chinese games and outdoor fun, Cooking classes, Martial Arts, Making the Dragon, and quality family bonding activities. Families participate in the Saturday evening annual bonfire. There is also a Closing Ceremony held every year.
Grades K – 2
At Camp China, we strive to provide age-appropriate programs. By encompassing a variety of activities, campers learn about Chinese Culture. At the Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade levels, campers learn Chinese Brush Art, Calligraphy, Chinese dance, and games. What they learn in the dance class is performed at our Closing Ceremony on Sunday night.
Grades 3 – 4
As our campers mature, our classes grow with them. Our 3rd and 4th grade campers are challenged with more advanced art and dance activities as well as martial arts.
Grades 5 – 8
Our middle-schoolers are given opportunities to express themselves with Chinese Art. We also provide our 5 – 8 grade campers with more advanced physical activities that are led by YMCA counselors. Camp Crafts, Archery, and Challenge Course activities are some of the more popular selections. Since 2014, Jaclyn Skalnik has delivered specialized age-appropriate adoption-related programs to our Middle School Campers.
At Camp China, we emphasize involving the whole family. Parent Campers can enjoy participation in Tai Chi and cooking classes. Guest Speakers, such as Jaclyn Skalnik, Kay Bratt (Author of “Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage”) and Dr. Changfu Chang (the “professor of adoption films”) are presented in a parent-only setting.
When you finish lunch, there are 2 1/2 hours of family free time to enjoy the amenities of the Blue Ridge Assembly. From swimming to hiking, there is certainly something for all families. After free time, there are family activities planned. Often this activity centers around the kitchen and cooking. Recipes such as soup, cold noodles, wonton, and rice dumplings are often created and enjoyed by at this afternoon session. Other activities include family-oriented Tai Chi instruction. Add-on YMCA Activities for 2018 include: Archery, Climbing Wall, YMCA led Nature Hike, and crafts. (add-on activities are not included in registration fees)