In Week One of the Traidhos Summer Camp we hosted twenty-nine students, aged 7-14, from Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, Russia and America. Everyone learned how to work together in the first week of summer camp by participating in a variety of fun team-building activities. Campers got to experience the Chiang Mai Walking Street Market on the first evening of their arrival. A trip to Tha Ton encouraged many students to step out of their comfort zone by participating in the high ropes and confidence courses. Campers also had the chance to visit the Opium Museum, the Insect Museum and Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple). On the last day, everyone had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens and see plants from all over the world on display.
There were thirty campers in Week Two and we were joined by students from France and Australia. The highlight of this week was the Bubble Maker activity where campers participated in a PADI Dive junior course. They learned how to use diving equipment and tested their new skills breathing underwater in the swimming pool. A variety of enjoyable activities took place on our organic farm and in this week we did jungle cooking and had fun getting dirty when we helped make mud houses for the guinea pigs. The week came to a close with exploration of Doi Inthanon—the tallest mountain in Thailand and the source of the Ping River - and a guided tour of the Karen village.
In the third week, twenty-three campers from Thailand, Russia and Australia spent their mornings with instructors from the Three-Generation Golf and Tennis Academies. While bicycling through the old city of Chiang Mai, students stopped at a local orphanage and candy factory. A homestay in the Mae Kampong village allowed students to experience first-hand the real life of community member. Excitement filled the air when campers went zip-wiring through the trees at Flight of the Gibbon. On their last night, campers participated in a traditional Khantoke dinner and lantern lighting ceremony. Before departure, everyone went to the Chiang Mai Zoo and saw many fascinating animals, including the panda.
Traidhos hosted thirty-seven campers, including a group of fourteen from Taiwan in Week Four. Campers overcame cultural differences and learned to work together in team-building activities. Working with the charity organization Hand to Paw, they helped advocate for a healthy dog population at the temples in the surrounding community. Students learned more about the city of Chiang Mai as they explored the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Gardens, Doi Suthep Temple and the Chiang Mai Cultural Centre. There was no lack of adventure for our campers who climbed the outdoor Crazy Horse Buttress, fed zebras and giraffes by hand at the Night Safari, and were carried by large elephants on an unforgettable journey.
In Week Five thirty-four campers got to experience the fun and adventure of Maekok River Village Resort in Tha Ton. Students encouraged one another to step out of their comfort zone by participating in the high ropes and confidence courses. A trip to the Opium Museum educated everyone of the historical influence of drugs in the Golden Triangle. Before returning to Traidhos, campers explored the stunning and unconventional Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple). On the last day, everyone had the opportunity to learn about critters and plants from all over the world when they visited the Insect Museum and Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. Summer camp concluded with a traditional Khantoke dinner. After Summer Camp four students, including two boys from Laos joined the English Camp.