Are you searching for a summer camp in China that blends Mandarin language learning and cultural immersion? Look no further than Beijing Culture Adventure Camp by 星谷微澜 (Xinggu Weilan).
Since this is the camp’s debut summer, my family and I haven’t had the chance to experience it yet. However, the camp director, Teacher Su, who was also a former colleague of mine, has shared with me with all the details of his program. He has over 16 years of expertise in education and prior experience as a general manager at Lingo Bus, Beijing’s foremost online platform for learning Chinese. His inspiration for founding this camp stemmed from his search to find a more enjoyable camp experience for his six-year-old daughter.
What is the Beijing Culture Adventure Camp?
The Beijing Culture Adventure Camp is a 14-day summer boarding camp in China for children ages 7-11 years old. Campers will get to visit 16 of Beijing’s cultural landmarks and historic sites, immersing them in the Chinese language and culture. From exploring the Forbidden City to hiking the Great Wall, students will experience Chinese culture in an unforgettable way.
Unlike other programs that emphasize writing practice in the classroom, this language camp focuses on hands-on learning and experiences to create a positive bond with the language and culture. The Beijing Culture Adventure Camp’s founding principle is that a happy learning environment is the most effective way for your child to learn.
Can parents attend?
This a 14-day sleepaway/boarding camp. Hotel accommodations can be made for you to stay with your child, however, we encourage parents not to attend the field trips with the camp. Teacher Su finds students are more independent and open to engaging with peers when their parents are not around. Separate Tour packages can be arranged for parents who are interested in exploring Beijing.
What will my child learn at camp?
The camp advertises that students will be introduced to more than 600 Chinese characters and functional phrases, taught through a combination of experiential, project-based, and play-based learning.
Each evening, teachers introduce the topics, vocabulary, and Chinese characters that they will encounter during the field trip. On the actual trip, the little explorers get a hands-on experience with the topic! They’ll play fun language games like scavenger hunts to reinforce their Mandarin skills. In the evenings, during Mandarin circle time, kids will get a chance to share their adventures and chat about all the new things they’ve learned.
In addition to Chinese characters and Mandarin, campers will experience navigating the Beijing subway, learn how to wash their laundry, and even cook meals together. They will learn about carpentry, Chinese medicine, history, art, and of course Chinese food! Real-life situations will enable your child to learn Chinese that is applicable in everyday life.
What are the experiences that the camp has arranged?
For summer 2023, Beijing Culture Adventure Camp has many activities planned.
- Beijing Central Axis walking tour and Jingshan Park
- Forbidden City
- Temple of Heaven
- National Stadium – Bird Nest
- Water Cube – Aquatics Center
- Great Wall at Mutianyu
- Summer Palace Dragon Boat Ride
- Hutong Rickshaw Tour
- Tree House Activity
- Jintai Blue Pottery Museum
- Chinese Medicine Museum
- Chinese Calligraphy Studio
- Preserved Fruit Museum
- Peking Opera Theater
- Shadow Puppet Theatre
- Master Chefs Farm Visit
What makes Beijing Culture Adventure Camp unique?
You won’t find these field trips listed in any travel guide! These are just some of the unique experiences are what set this camp apart from the rest. The curriculum has been expertly designed to incorporate immersive educational activities that allow campers to absorb Chinese vocabulary and culture while experiencing their Beijing adventures.
Master Chefs Farm Visit
As part of this culinary adventure, campers will work together to build a shelter complete with an outdoor kitchen. The little master chefs will prepare pit-roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and tomato egg soup and enjoy fruits they picked from the orchard. After lunch, campers will learn the craft of woodworking and complete a project.
This farm experience combines outdoor activities with culinary skills and woodworking. Campers will have the opportunity to work together, learn new skills, and enjoy a delicious meal made with fresh ingredients. By building a shelter and outdoor kitchen, campers will learn about teamwork and problem-solving, while the culinary aspect will teach them about nutrition and cooking techniques. Overall, this experience promotes physical activity, creativity, teamwork, and learning new Chinese vocabulary, making it both fun and educational.
Tree House Activity
Building a tree house can be a fun and educational activity for children to learn about architecture. Additionally, they can experiment with adding Chinese elements such as colors, shapes, and other relevant features to enhance their learning experience.
Does my child need to speak Chinese?
At Beijing Culture Adventure Camp, all the teachers and staff are bilingual in English and Mandarin, and the group leader also speaks Spanish. To make the most of the camp, we suggest that your child knows enough Mandarin to communicate their basic needs. This way, they’ll have an even better time learning and practicing their language skills.
How old does my child need to be?
The Beijing Culture Adventure Camp has tailored its curriculum and activities specifically for children between 7 to 11 years old.
What are the camp dates?
Session 1: June 25 – July 8
Session 2: July 9 – July 22
Each session accommodates 15 to 18 campers. Sessions may need to be modified if registration does not meet a minimum of 15 campers.
Session 1: register by May 25, 2023
Session 2: register by June 9, 2023
How much is the camp?
Tuition for each 2-week session costs CN¥27000 ($3925 USD). With an exclusive discount for MamaBabyMandarin, the tuition is reduced to CN¥25000 ($3634 USD). Just mention that you were referred by MamaBabyMandarin.
Siblings and Friends Discount
You can also save by registering siblings and friends together for camp. Here’s how the sibling and friends discount works. Register 2 children and save CN¥500 ($73 USD) per child. Register 3 children together and save CN¥600 ($87 USD) each. Register 4 children and save CN¥800 ($116 USD) each.
Tuition fees include all hotel, meals, and snacks, entrance fees to activities, and transportation. You must purchase your own airfare and travel visa.