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Summer camps offer learning, life skills and fun

SUMMER camp season is coming and it's about a lot more than pitching a tent, building a fire, roasting marshmallows and singing songs.

Summer camp in China is about acquiring more skills to get ahead in life. But sometimes hard-driven Chinese children do get bit of a break and some fun at camp.

Still, summer camp is serious business.

To help students gain the right mindset and strategies to succeed in life and achieve maximum potential, Shanghai Singapore International School offers a five-day summer program titled "I Am Gifted!" for students from 9 to 13 years old. It will be held from June 28 to July 2 at the school's Minhang campus, in collaboration with Adam Khoo Learning Technology Group.

It is limited to 100 children.

The program focuses on learning mastery, personal and life mastery and communication and relationship mastery. It aims to deliver effective study, communication and life skills.

The program will include talks by Khoo, executive chairman of AKLTG, hands-on activities, and experience challenges that will help participants become more focused, self-confident, resilient and motivated.

The cost of "I Am Gifted!" is 7,500 yuan (US$1,157). Those who sign up with friends get a 350-yuan discount. The first 35 applicants will get a 350-yuan discount.

Dulwich Community Programs Summer Camp kicks off on July 4 and runs through July 29. It targets students aged from 4 to 12 and includes activities such as football, basketball, badminton, swimming, kung fu and IT activities.

The camp costs 1,500 yuan for a full week (daily lunch an extra 200 yuan). Those signing up for a full week will receive a 200-yuan discount voucher to use in following weeks.

Balancing the need to learn and the necessity for leisure is a delicate matter for most parents who often emphasize learning over play. Shanghai Jiao Tong University has designed a summer camp that satisfies on both points.

Students aged from 8 to 18 from around the world will converge on Shanghai this summer, including foreign students studying Chinese and Chinese students studying English.

East-meets-West activities include horseback riding and dressage lessons, golf, swimming, music, Chinese traditional instruments, and kung fu, among others.

Lecturers are hand picked and have been specifically trained to deal with most of the issues concerning teenagers and younger charges.

Accommodation is provided. Semesters are measured in blocks of 10 days and can be taken in the months of July and August.

A four-week summer camp program will be offered to students from ages 3 to 6 at Shanghai Community International School's ECE campus from June 20 to July 15.

This program offers enrichment activities in art, music, sport, science, Chinese language, and technology.

The program is flexible, with both morning and full-day options. Enrollment can be for the full four weeks, or for a single week.

The tuition ranges from 2,550 yuan to 9,000 yuan.


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