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Life Skills Camp 2019: Day Two Fun

The second day of our 2019 Life Skills Camp for older orphaned teens began with special lectures and lessons prepared by our wonderful facilitator, Mr. Guo. Mr. Guo has led the lessons during several past camps. He connects very well with teens and does an amazing job presenting topics to teens in an age-appropriate, fun, and engaging manner. He is able to take very important lessons, such as the topics of self-esteem and peer pressure, and incorporate games and stories to make sure the key points are easily remembered.

For example, when discussing conflict resolution, the campers played a String Game to clearly illustrate that when disagreements arise, it’s important to work together to solve the problem.

Mr. Guo also talked to the campers about the importance of setting goals in life. What is a realistic goal vs an unrealistic goal? What steps are needed to reach the goal? It took a bit of thought, but eventually everyone created their own goal chart.

The lessons continued with the teens exploring what makes them unique and special.

We love the message shared with them that there is no one else in the world like them and every single one of them has value to add to this world.

After a big morning, the teens left the conference room and headed to the Ju Yong Guan section of the Great Wall for a full afternoon visiting this important Chinese landmark.

The pink camp shirts helped to keep everyone together and unified!

Although it was quite a hike, the campers agreed that it definitely worth the effort.

Isn’t the view amazing?

Part of every Life Skills Camp involves the teens practicing essential daily skills they don’t often get to experience in an orphanage setting. Since most orphaned children have no choice in what they eat each day, as they are given a set meal at the institution’s cafeteria, going to a restaurant and ordering for themselves can actually be quite daunting.  All this week, the teens practice going out and interacting with restaurant staff, from ordering within their budget and paying.

It looks like dinner was a big hit!

We are so grateful to everyone who helped send an orphaned teen to camp and hope you will all stay tuned as we bring you more adventures and learning from Life Skills Camp.

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