Life Skills Camp
Over the last 15 years, LWB has helped many teens who grew up in Chinese orphanage care but were never matched with permanent families. These young adults usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and our hope is to do whatever we can to help best prepare them for that day.
As part of our work to help these older teens, LWB is honored to host a summer Life Skills Camp specifically designed for those who grew up in orphanage care. Campers attend class sessions on topics such as etiquette and social skills, alcohol and drug use, self-esteem, sex education, money management, online safety, and self-defense. The teens and young adults attending the camp also take field trips to important Chinese cultural sites, such as the Great Wall. Through these experiences they build friendships with other young people who shared a similar childhood.
This year's camp will be held the week of August 5th, and we will be welcoming 35 campers from the following orphanages: Liaocheng, Weng'an, Datong, Dingxi, Lanzhou, Xining, and Qiandongnan. Each teen or young adult needs two sponsorships of $350 each to cover their cost of attending camp (costs include transportation, camp shirts and hats, lodging, meals, field trips, class materials, and more). Our total Life Skills Camp goal is $25,000. Your donation in any amount will help us reach our goal.
We urge sponsors to write a letter of encouragement to their sponsored camper early in the summer so that it can be translated into Chinese and presented at the end of camp. For many of these teens and young adults it is the first letter they ever receive. Sponsors will receive a letter in response from the camper describing their experiences during this important week.
We also welcome donations in any amount for this essential Life Skills program and will combine sponsorships when needed and match donors to specific teens. All sponsors will receive updates during the camp.