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Seeing that our own Culture Camp was winding down, we entered into a conversation with the folks at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) about what might be possible alternatives. So we are passing the baton, and we will be able to provide some input from our leadership to the AARC for 2016 with a new kind of camp experience.

We’ve talked to AARC about wanting to maintain opportunities for our teens, and they came up with a novel approach: hold a teen camp one week (12 teens maximum) and then enable those teens to be assistant counselors the second week for a camp for younger kids. This is an AARC event—not an FCC event—so as a City of Austin facility, its event will be open to any Asian-American adoptees, not just FCC members.

The teen camp will run two full weeks from July 25 to August 5. Teens will receive service hours the second week:

Teen adoptees from Asia will engage in leadership and identity building activities in this new camp. The first week of camp includes learning Asian American history and culture from special guests and community partners of the AARC. The second week is focused on supporting and collaborating with camp instructors for the Asian Adoptees Youth Camp. Teens will have an opportunity to lead groups in cultural activities and exercises for youth ages 5–10.

The youth camp will run August 1 to August 5, 2016, and have a maximum of 36 participants:

Get ready for fun and interactive cultural arts activities as youth adoptees from Asia will learn and create arts and crafts relevant to Asian/Asian American history and heritage. Campers will also explore storytelling techniques to develop their own adoption narratives. Youth have the opportunity to interact with participants from our Asian Adoptee Teen Camp throughout the experience.

The AARC brochure can be found online in the Yahoo group file section.

General Information
  • Registration begins Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Walk-in or online registration will be available.
  • Asian Adoptee Teen Camp (13–17): Resident $225, Non-resident $250
  • Asian Adoptee Youth Camp (5–10): Resident $150, Non-resident $175
  • Registration requires a $35 non-refundable deposit
  • Waitlist does not require deposit
  • Full amount due two weeks prior to camp start date
  • Must send child with healthy snack and nonrefrigerated packed lunch

Financial Aid
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for financial support for youth programs. Recipients will receive a 50% reduction in registration costs. Please visit austintexas.gov/pardfinaid for forms and application instructions, or call (512) 974-3911.

Contact Information
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, Texas 78754
(512) 974-1700
aarc@austintexas.gov
austintexas.gov/aarc