CIE/USA-DFW sponsored another successful youth event, 2013 DFW Chinese Youth Camp (CYC) from June 30th to July 6th. Over one hundred-twenty campers from age eight to sixteen participated in the summer camp activities and were supported by twenty-seven counselors and assistant counselors from ages fifteen to eighteen. Two teachers from the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan ROC held cultural classes to teach Chinese folk dance and Chinese folk activities. The folk dances showcased performances including ribbons, lanterns, drums, flags, clappers and fans. After the camp, most campers could perform five to ten medium to hard level of difficulty. In addition, CYC had several local teachers teach classes in arts and crafts, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, street dance, Kung-Fu, ballroom dance, STEM class, film making and interview skills. The younger two groups enjoyed making parachutes and paper airplanes while learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The other four groups brainstormed ideas, created a storyboard and made a short video. They were excited to see these videos posted on YouTube.
The 2013 DFW CYC ended with a successful ending ceremony presented by the counselors and campers. Parents were highly impressed by the performance and with the progress made by their children during the camp week. They saw how their children developed and grew from the camp experience. The campers enjoyed CYC and looked forward to coming back next year.
The purpose of CYC is to educate Chinese culture to the youth in the Dallas area, to build lasting friendships, and to provide leadership training for the counselors, assistant counselors, and older groups.