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Chinese camp concludes happy summer at RegisAugust 25, 2010
Weston, MA. Dian Dian Jonas-Walsh sharpens her skills at ping pong. Allen Shiu and fellow campers soar in lesson on traditional Chinese dance. Other children kick high in learning martial arts or try their hand at the fine art of Chinese paper cutting. Just some of the scenes at the New England Chinese Youth Summer Camp on the campus of Regis College in Weston.
For 24 years, the facilities and grounds Regis College have been home to summer camp for hundreds of children of Chinese background living in the Northeast.
The children study everything from Chinese cooking, arts and crafts to Chinese instruments, songs, Chinese dancing and martial arts. They also use the College’s swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts.
“The purpose is to introduce and support Chinese culture and traditions to Asian children who otherwise wouldn’t have exposure to these in their normal lives,” said Hsu Tau, Assistant Director of the camp. Many of the children are adopted from China by American families. Sponsors from Taiwan provide teachers to join the camp staff.
The experience lasts a week. Young children, ages 6 to 10 go to day camp. Older children, ages 10 to 14, have the option of attending overnight camp. There is also a Counselor in Training (CIT) program to teach leadership skills to slightly older children.
“It is probably the most popular program of this sort in the Northeast,” said Tau, adding that older, overnight campers come from New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
“We have a very good relationship” with Regis, he indicated, noting how effectively the college responds to the program’s evolving needs. The camp is at full capacity and has a growing waiting list each year.
“Given our diverse student population and our longstanding involvement in inter-generational education, it’s a perfect fit to have the Chinese Youth Summer Camp based here on our lovely campus,” said Regis President Mary Jane England, MD. “We’re pleased to see the children and their coaches taking advantage of our facilities to further their educational and cultural mission,” she added.
Even though the College conducts two academic summer sessions and the campus is fairly busy, the Chinese Youth Camp, along with Upward Bound and various Catholic high school retreat groups, benefit from the beautiful campus during the summer season.
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 20 undergraduate majors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, nursing, public administration, and radiology, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu.
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