Friendly Friday: Summer Fun

This week, the topic for Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Summer Traditions and is hosted by Sandy over at The Sandy Chronicles.

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IMG_6880From 2006 – 2012, I had the privilege of organizing and participating in summer camp for kids in Mongolia.  It was my all-time favorite summer tradition.  Seven years in a row, I traveled with teams from Hong Kong to put on two, sometimes more, weeks of fun for the incredible children there.  I will always carry with me the amazing memories that were created during this time!

Camp - Water Fun Station 2A special treat for me was to return to Mongolia in the summer of 2018 and participate once again in the camp that was organized by my amazing daughter!

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Though I have thousands of photos in my archives of summer camp, not all taken by me, I will spare you and only share some of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy!!

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Our fun-loving camp counselors!

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This summer tradition is one I miss dearly and hope to return to someday.

Thank you for stopping by!  For more photos of Summer Traditions, visit Sandy.  Stay safe, stay well!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. SandyL says:

    This looks fantastic! I can imagine how much fun this would be. Do tell us more about the camp. Is it through a NGO or religious charity? do you have to speak the language (which is?) or is it an English learning camp? I’m interested to hear more!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy, for asking! We had (have) wonderful volunteers from a number of churches in Hong Kong who volunteer for the teams each year, but not all volunteers are church goers. The camp is run in partnership with a Mongolian charity under the umbrella of the government, so there are no religious activities. The children are taken to the countryside each summer from a government-run shelter in the capital city of Ulan Bator, where they live for most of the year. The camp is about providing them with fun activities, occasional educational activities, nutritious food for the time of camp, medical care, and to provide exposure for the volunteers. We hire a lot of translators for camp as the kids and staff speak Mongolian (Сайн уу).

      Also, before camp, the teams meet with the members of the Mongolian charity and tour the Ger District where poverty relief projects are conducted. Some years, we were involved in some of the projects in the district. Funding is raised to help the children from camp and the families in the Ger District through a Hong Kong registered charity. Thanks again for asking!!

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      1. SandyL says:

        This looks like a fun and gratifying event. Mongolia sounds very exotic. I’ve never been but Mongolia as a photography destination is an aspiration of mine.

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  2. lolaWi says:

    what a wonderful thing to do! more blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you, Lola. That’s very sweet! It was an easy thing to do because the kids are wonderful. =)

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  3. Ann Coleman says:

    That sounds like an amazing opportunity! And thanks for sharing the photos….they made my day!

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    1. Well, that makes me happy! Thanks, Ann, for letting me know.

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