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Children's Activities at TMBCC

Summer Camps at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

 

In keeping with our mission to help preserve both the Tibetan and Mongolian cultures, the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center facilitates Summer Camps for the children of Tibetan and Mongolian refugees who are now living in the United States.

Camp Objectives

  • To expose Mongolian and Tibetan youngsters to their culture and language, and also to the essence of Buddhism.
  • To bring Mongolian and Tibetan youngsters closer to the values of Mongolian/Tibetan culture and to create in them a sense of belonging.
  • To create an environment for Mongolian and Tibetan youngsters from different parts of North America to develop friendship among them and widen their network.
  • To create conditions for Mongolian and Tibetan youngsters to develop a sense of pride in their Mongolian/Tibetan identity.

Information about 2014 camps will be posted after the first of the year.

Important Information

Summer Camp Code of Ethics: The Tibetan Cultural Center enforces a Code of Ethics that all Campers are required to know and heed.

General Guidelines

  • Campers are expected to be courteous to councilors and instructors at all times.
  • Campers should be inspired through personal motivation to be a guide to others, have a positive attitude, and be honest to self and others.
  • Campers should exhibit the qualities of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

 

Rules of the Camp

  • Campers are expected to be in class on time and have all necessary materials with them.
  • No cell phones, game boys, Ipods or any other such handheld devices are to be in use during class periods. All above items are to be used only during free time.
  • All campers are expected to join in all group activities.
  • When on special excursions, campers are to stay with their group.
  • No one may leave the grounds of the Tibetan Cultural Center for any reason without prior consent of camp counselors/coordinator.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcohol.
  • No weapons of any kind.

 

How Is Discipline Handled?

Discipline is handled in a fair, consistent manner appropriate to the behavior. If a camper behaves in such as way that his/her actions are having a negative affect on others, this individual will meet with the camp counselor/coordinator.

Important Times:
7:30 a.m. - Wake-up Call;
8:15 a.m. - Breakfast;
10:30 p.m. - Quiet time;
11:00 p.m. - Lights out.

Packing List: It will be necessary for you to bring some items to the Summer Camps. This list informs you about the things you need to pack and take to Bloomington (and what not to take).

What You Need to Bring and Not Bring To Camp

Packing List:
Sleeping bag and pillow
Sleepware
Sweatshirt
Raincoat/poncho
Athletic shoes
Sandals
T-shirts
Shorts
Jeans or long pants
Socks
Underwear
Swimsuit
Toiletry items & carrying bag or case
Towels and soap
Insect repellent (Pump or lotion, or wipes not aerosol)
Sunscreen
Flashlight/batteries
Water sandals for pool
Water bottle
Drangyen (Tibetan Lute)

Optional Items: Postcards, paper, stamps, pen, deck of cards/non-electric games, books & magazines.

Things To Leave at Home: Radios, electronic games, beepers, and personal stereos. Also junk food, firearms, fireworks, matches, lighters, knives, tobacco products, expensive items, and drugs.

PREVIOUS CAMPS AT TMBCC:

2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 Mongolian Camps

Mongolian Summer Camp: The Mongolian Culture Center in Washington, D.C. is organizing this camp for young Mongolians. The camp will take place at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana from July 09 through July 17. For details please contact Naraa at saraanaa@yahoo.com or Saruul atsaruul7@yahoo.com. During the camp there will be a one-day childrens cultural awareness day for local children to learn about Mongolian culture and participate in activities together with the Mongolian children. Details will be posted soon.

МОНГОЛ ХҮҮХДИЙН ЗУСЛАН (2009.07.11 – 07.18)

Хэзээ: 2009 оны 7-р сарын 11-18
Хаана: Индиана мужийн Блүүмингтон хот
Зохион байгуулагч: Монгол Соёлын Төв, Төвд Монголын Шашин Соёлын Төв
Хөтөлбөр: Монгол бичиг, монгол дуу, хөөмийн хичээл, спорт урлагийн арга хэмжээнүүд.
Нас: Энэ жилийн зусланд зөвхөн 10-аас дээш насны хүүхдийг бүртгэнэ.
Төлбөр 200 ам. доллар. Үүнд: хоол, хичээлийн хэрэглэгдэхүүн болон бусад зардал багтсан бөгөөд байр сууц, үйлчилгээг Төвд Монголын Шашин Соёлын Төвөөс үнэгүй гаргаж, Монгол Соёлын Төвийн багш нар сайн дураар хичээл заах юм.
Зусланд ирэх буцах зардал болон унааг эцэг эхчүүд хариуцна.
Түрүүлж бүртгүүлсэн 25 хүүхдийг зусланд хамруулна.
Зуслангийн үйл ажиллагаанд хандив өргөх хувь хүн байгууллага Монгол Соёлын Төвд хандана уу!
Харилцах утас:
Монгол Соёлын Төв 202-285-3422
Цахим шуудан: info@mongolcc.org

2006 and 2007 Tibetan Camps

Tibetan Senior Summer Camp: The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) based in Bloomington, Indiana, in collaboration with the Office of Tibet (New York), organized a summer camp for high-school-age Tibetan children from July 30 through August 8, 200.7

SENIOR SUMMER CAMP for Tibetan Children at Bloomington, Indiana (07.30. 2007 – 08.08. 2007)

ORGANIZED BY: Tibetan Culture Center, Bloomington, Indiana & Office of Tibet, New York

The Tibetan Culture Center (TCC) based in Bloomington, Indiana, in collaboration with the Office of Tibet (New York), will once again organize a summer camp this year for the high-school going Tibetan children. The camp is aimed at providing Tibetan children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Tibetan culture.

The 10-day camp will be held at the 108-acre-premises of the Tibetan Culture Center in Bloomington from July 30 - August 8 of this year.

The 2006 summer camp, which was held at the same location, was attended by 23 high-school Tibetan students from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Washington DC.

Objectives of the Camp
The very purposes of organizing the camp are to:
1) expose Tibetan youngsters to their culture and language, and also to the essence of Buddhism
2) create an environment for Tibetan youngsters from different parts of North America to develop friendships amongst themselves and to widen their social network
3) bring Tibetan youngsters closer to the values of the Tibetan culture and to give them a sense of belonging.

Activities at the Camp
During a course of ten days at the camp, the high school children will explore a) the story of some of the prominent sacred sites of Tibet, 2) some of the significant Tibetan customs and traditions and their importance, 3) Tibetan arts and crafts, and 4) the essence of Buddhism, particularly the significance of the six Paramitas.

The children will also explore what makes them Tibetan?, what do they know about Tibet? and why is it important to get involved in community activities?

Along with the above explorations, the participants will also learn to play the Tibetan lute, Dranyen, in addition to learning Tibetan songs, dances, and prayers. PLEASE NOTE THAT LEARNING THE DRANYEN IS COMPULSORY AND THEREFORE, ALL THE PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN DRANYEN.

In order to widen the children's understanding of the Tibetan culture as well as the Tibetan issue, guest lecturers and video film presentations will also be arranged.

Sports and Entertainments
As the saying goes, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", thus the organizer of the camp will arrange different sports activities (both indoor and outdoor) including swimming and entertainments including lake site camping, camp fires in the evening, etc. to make the camp more interesting and lively.

Location of the Camp Site:

The fun-packed camp will be held at:
Tibetan Culture Center
3655 Snoddy Road
Bloomington, IN 47401
Tel: 812-331-0014
Fax: 812-334-7046

Travel Information
Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Bloomington, Indiana. The nearest airport to the Tibetan Culture Center is "Indianapolis International Airport", which is located at a distance of approximately 1.5-hour-drive from Bloomington.

The participants of the camp are requested to reach Bloomington, Indiana, on either July 28 or 29. The organizer will arrange a shuttle bus to pick up the participants from the airport on the above days.

Participants arriving on unscheduled days are requested to make their own transportation arrangements from the Indianapolis International Airport to the Center. For the airport shuttle, contact:

Bloomington Shuttle Service, Inc
3200 Venture Blvd.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Tel: 812-332-6004/ 800-589-6004
website: www.bloomingtonshuttle.com

Health Care Insurance:
Participants are requested to provide information about their health insurance in the registration form. This will help the Tibetan Culture Center to arrange suitable health care facilities during the camp, should the need arise.

Registration for the Camp:
A total of 30 participants will be enrolled on first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee of $200.00 will be charged to every participant. The fee includes all the meals, lodging, and transportation to and from the airport to the Camp site.

The check for the registration should be drawn in favor of "TIBETAN CULTURE CENTER" and should be sent to:

Mr. Tenzin Namgyal
Camp Coordinator
Tibetan Culture Center
P.O. Box 2563
Bloomington, IN 47402
Tel: (812) 606-1969

Please note that the Tibetan Culture Center is a registered not-for-profit organization having 501 (c)(3) status. Thus the contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Date Line for the application: The application and the registration form should be received by the organizer by July 18, 2007. The application received after the cut off date will not be entertained. The application should be submitted to:

Mr. Tenzin Namgyal
Camp Coordinator
Tibetan Culture Center
P.O. Box 2563
Bloomington, IN 47402
Tel: (812) 606-1969
Fax: 812-334-7046
Email: tenam59@yahoo.com

SENIOR TIBETAN SUMMER CAMP 2007

July 30 - August 8, 2007 Bloomington, Indiana Registration Form Please note that the registration fee for the camp is $200 which includes all the meals, lodging, and the local transportation 1. Last Name 2. First Name 3. Date of Birth 4. Sex (Male or Female) 5. Father's Name 6. Mother's Name 7. Contact Phone No(s) Home Work cell 8. Contact Address 9. Health Insurance Policy No. 9. Health Insurance Co. 10. Name of Family Doctor 11. Doctor's Phone No. 11. Current medication (if any) 12. Allergies (if any) I understand that the Tibetan Culture Center and Office of Tibet will take utmost care of my child during the camp. However, if an unforeseen tragedy strikes, I will take full responsibility. I also authorize the staff of the camp to authorize medical treatment/care to be given to my child, if required. I release the Tibetan Culture Center and Office of Tibet from any responsibility for any bills incurred from injuries, which are not covered under my personal or camp insurance. Signature of Parent Date PHOTO

2006 Camps

2006 Cultural Immersion Camp: From July 21 to July 30, 2006, we hosted 23 children from Tibetan families. The children came from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC. The camp's daily activities were organized by the Office of Tibet in New York City, while the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center provided lodging, food, transportation in Bloomington, and recreational opportunities for the campers.