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Life Skills Camp 2019: City Adventure and Farewell Dinner

Our 4th annual Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens has been filled with laughter, learning, and JOY. The final day is always bittersweet as the teens reflect on what they have learned, the friendships that they made, and the put their newfound skills and confidence to use. On the last day of camp, the teens get to practice many of the skills they learned this week in communication and self-esteem by navigating the streets of Beijing.  This “Big City” adventure is always a challenging but very fun ending to the camp.

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Life Skills Camp 2019: Exploring Beijing

On Day Three of our Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens, the campers were so excited to visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, two of the most famous cultural sites in all of China. Since Tiananmen Square is located just outside of the Forbidden City, it’s a great place to kick off the tour for the teens.

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Jack: From LWB’s Education Program to Life Skills Camp

In 2014, a boy named Jack entered our education program in the Lanzhou orphanage. Jack was nine years old and suffered from hearing loss due to an ear malformation. When he first joined our school program, he was a bit mischievous and didn’t always understand the rules of the classroom. However, his teachers were so proud that he quickly caught on to how things worked and was often the first to raise his hands to answer questions.

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The World Is Better With Me In It: Life Skills Camp 2019

We are less than three weeks away from the start of the fourth LWB-hosted Life Skills Camp in Beijing for orphaned teens who are close to or have “aged out” of institutional care. This week-long camp will bring together children from nine orphanages around China for classes on important topics such as adolescence, money management, and personal safety. In addition to the daily classes, the teens will also go on field trips to important cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall or the Forbidden City.

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Life Skills Camp: Navigating The Streets Of Beijing And Farewell

The final day of Life Skills Camp 2018 brought an exciting challenge as the teens set out on a journey through the streets of Beijing. There will come a day when these teens will need to be able to find their way around their cities on their own, and this exercise was a fun way to test their independence.

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Life Skills Camp: First Day At The Beach

Each year during Life Skills camp, we dedicate one day to taking all the teens to a beach. Since these teens have grown up in orphanages, it is the first time that any of them have seen the sea. Beach day is always a highlight, and this year’s campers made the most of this exciting “first”!

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Life Skills Camp: Singing In The Rain

Day four of our Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens was a real adventure. Their day began with a field trip to the Summer Palace in Beijing, perhaps the most famous imperial garden in the world — in a torrential downpour. Fortunately, our fearless China director Cindy made sure everyone had matching ponchos!

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Life Skills Camp: The Great Wall and More

Today, the teens attending our Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens traveled to the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall. The weather forecast was calling for rain, but fortunately it held off while they were there.

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Life Skills Camp 2018 Begins

This weekend, thirty-five teens from seven orphanages arrived in Beijing to take part in our 2018 Life Skills Camp. The teens traveled to Beijing via buses and trains. This was an exciting experience for the teens as most have never been outside of their home province!

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Life Skills Camp 2018: Sponsors Needed

In just over six weeks, LWB will be hosting our third Life Skills Camp in Beijing for orphaned teens who are close to “aging out” of institutional care. Our one-week camp brings children together from orphanages around China for classes on important topics such as money management, personal safety, and adolescence, as well as daily field trips to famous landmarks like the Great Wall.

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