Session 1: July 8 - July 19
Session 2: July 22 - August 2
Back by popular demand, Adventures in Chinese is dedicated to providing a quality camp experience. Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities designed to build vocabulary and confidence in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Campers gain a better understanding of Chinese art, culture, and tradition. Their daily Mandarin lessons include listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students participate in traditional Chinese activities including calligraphy, origami, brush painting, pottery, Chinese yo-yo, and movement. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, games, free play, and sports.
New York City-based Chinese artist and educator Jun Gao is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Gao is originally from Beijing. He gained his BA, MA, and MFA degrees in China, the UK, and the US, respectively. As an educator, he has taught art and culture in a wide range of age groups for twelve years. Teaching has always been his passion; he considers students’ success and enjoyment of learning as the best rewards for his devotion.
Xiaomo Hong is the Chinese language and culture teacher at the Bement School. She started the Chinese program at Bement and has been working in this position for six years. Xiaomo earned her masters degree in education from Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught students of various levels both in China and America. She worked as an art teacher at Xu Beihong Academy in Beijing and as a Chinese Foreign Fellow at Mount Holyoke College before coming to Bement. Xiaomo also organized and led two trips to China for Bement students in 2010 and 2012.
Former head of school from 1947-1971, Mary "Gug" H. Drexler, passed away on April 23, 2013 at the age of 101.
Remembrances of Gug's time as head of school can be found on the school's alumni facebook page.
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