It was a blast having the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Toronto Ming Hwa
Temple’s summer camp. Despite all the ups and downs, I still learnt a lot throughout the
educational week. I appreciate all the support from the other volunteers, friends from
Taiwan, and everyone who helped to make this year’s summer camp so successful.
Everyone helped to make the environment friendly and supportive. Despite an additional
two days to this year’s camp, it turned out better than the previous ones. Everyone
bonded and became closer as the days went by, spending five days together with all the
campers, volunteers, and the leaders from Taiwan. It was really an amazing week.
On the first day, there was a mix of excitement, nervousness, and doubt as to how
the summer camp will go. All the kids weren’t all familiar with each other; everyone
seemed to be a bit lost and shy at first. I saw some returning campers from the previous
years but was glad to see some new faces as well. Once everyone settled in, the ice
breakers started and they all started warming up to each other and opened up more.
A Remarkable Summer Camp
at Ming Hwa Temple, Toronto, Canada
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This year’s theme was Benevolence, and the team names were based on the
characters in Mario. I was one of the leaders in Mario’s group and personally, I saw a
few in my group who were more energetic than others and shared many things amongst
the group. Also, I noticed that it would always be the same people raising their hands.
So, as one of the leaders of the group, I would encourage other team members to share
their opinions and answers too. As the week unrolled, things got better; more people
participated, and everyone felt more comfortable as they were getting more familiar with
each other. There were more interactions with each other; everyone got along, and best
of all, everyone was having fun.
The last day was probably the best. The kids all had fun since they got to go around
to play the Olympic games. I was in charge of one of the stations and created one of the
games. They have twenty minutes to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, but with a twist. At first,
I was worried that twenty minutes might be too long and that I would not be able to keep
the game going for the whole time. But when I realized that everyone seemed to enjoy
it, I came up with other versions for my game and improvised. In the end, it was very
successful; everyone was enjoying it, and most importantly, no one got injured which
was a relief. Later, we all watched a short video summarizing each day with photos.
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When watching the video, everyone enjoyed their bubble tea which in my opinion was
one of the best part of the day. The awards were next; each team got a prize and my team
won the best acting award and got first place out of the five teams. Although our team
won first, every team all did their best and we were all winners in the end.
Despite the challenges and barriers that everyone had to face, we still made it to the
end as a team and all did our best to make this year’s summer camp one of the best. At
first, I doubted myself and I didn’t really expect much for the camp, but once it all came
to an end, I was really amazed to see how successful it turned out. I couldn’t have done
it without everyone’s help, and I really appreciate those who assisted and supported us
throughout the camp.
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