For most American kids, summer camp is a place where they can get together with other kids, do cool things like rock climbing and hiking, build tents and make out with the hottie in the short shorts. Now China’s parents have discovered this neat little American tradition and have decided that their kids should get a taste of it too.
Some of them are local like the Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts, which bring students from around the country together and by the end of the summer they put on a play. Others work for organizations like the American Chinese Academy and Blue Sky Study (right here in Shanghai) and send their kids to American summer camps, all for the low low price of $5,000 (roughly 32,000 rmb)
Those American camps are especially important for parents wanting their kids to go to American universities, and some camps that get a lot of Chinese students work tours of local colleges into the program.
All this news of American camps comes from the US edition of China Daily (who apparently runs its own camp Little Journalist Summer Camp). The story emphasizes that parents are doing this to help their kids have fun, meet new people, experience activities their local schools don’t have and to learn English.
And learning English is important. How else will they learn the words to “Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts?”
By Robert O’Connor