For many Americans, summer camp is a place to have fun and get involved in a variety of sports and skills training.
But for Jason Doyle, it's a paradise he plans to bring to Vietnamese children.
The 28-year-old American will launch the American Paradise Camp this summer in the south-central beach town of Phan Thiet.
Summer camps are most popular in North America and the UK and are spreading across Europe and Australia.
“I'm happy to bring international summer camp to Vietnam so children here can learn to enjoy the outdoors and participate in arts, sports, and water activities,” Doyle told Thanh Nien News.
Camp in his blood
Summer camps have been a part of Doyle’s life since he was 7-years old. He's attended day camps, sports camps, and residential summer camps.
“When I was a teenager I was a cabin helper on a school trip for kids younger than me and I really enjoyed it,” he said.
At university, he worked as a summer camp counselor.
“After my first summer working there, I thought ‘I wish I could do this as my job forever’, thinking it was not possible,” he said.
Doyle spent three summers working at the same summer camp in Maine until joining an international summer camp in Croatia, where he worked as Head Counselor and Head of Ropes and Sport.
“Now I am excited to be here in Vietnam sharing the incredible experience of summer camp with children in this part of the world.”
A paradise for children and teenagers
“It starts with walking into a cabin full of people you know nothing about and within a few days you feel like you have known them your whole life, and by the end of the camp session you are sad to be leaving them,” Doyle said.
“Besides the other children you meet, the Counselors who act as your parents, big brother or sister, and friend have a huge impact on your life.”
Doyle says many skills he learned at camp are still with him today, including teamwork and cooperation, sharing and listening and the power of being positive and encouraging others.
“I was very scared of heights and climbing the high ropes course, but when my new friends told me I could do it and the Counselor was instructing me in a calm manner it gave me the confidence to reach the top,” he said.
“When I went home after camp my mom was impressed that I was helping out more around the house,” he said about his childhood experience.
PHAN THIET PARADISE CAMP
For children between 8 and 16 years old.
Time: 5 optional sessions from June 22
Fee: 560USD/1 week session and 1,080USD/2 week session
Contact: (84.8) 3526 8520; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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