The pits of the “Overseas Summer Camp” are the most precious memories
首先，说说夏令营 ( summer camp ) 与夏校 ( summer school ) 的区别吧：
夏令营 Summer Camp 以玩为主。
夏校 Summer School 通常指的是美国中学或大学自己开设的暑假课程。
蘅宝2018年去美国3周，参加了3个不同的夏令营 / 夏校：美国的夏令营从最便宜的大概275美元 / 周（日间营）到2400美元 / 周（住宿营）都有，我们选择的都是价位中等的：一个洛杉矶阿纳海姆小学的夏令营（ 500美金 / 周 ），一个尔湾的STEM夏令营（ 750美金 / 周 ）和一个华盛顿边的夏校（ 约翰霍普金斯大学)。＊以上费用均不含注册费
First, talk about the differences between summer camp and summer school:
Summer Camp is play-oriented.
Every summer, many American children will choose to participate in local summer camps according to their interests, happily experience and explore different games and projects.
Summer camp enrollment is from 4 to 16 years old and older, covering a wide range of items, including sports, such as archery, rowing, and hockey; arts, such as theater, dance, and ceramics; and computers, survival skills, cooking, Every child can find their own interests and enjoy them.
The organizers of the summer camp are different, including museums, schools, clubs, and summer camp institutions.
Every summer, many domestic children will go to the United States to participate in local summer camps, and experience many projects that have not been tried before with children everywhere, make friends, easily experience American culture, and improve their English skills.
Summer School Summer School usually refers to a summer school offered by an American middle school or university.
Covering many fields such as STEM, language, engineering, etc., it is highly academic and taught by teachers with years of teaching experience in the school, allowing children and American classmates to experience the real American classroom together, and training students in project design, creativity and problem solving skills. For those children who plan to go to the United States to attend secondary school or university in the future, you can learn about school life in the United States in advance, which is very helpful for future applications. High-quality summer schools will assess children’s academic abilities in advance (such as SCAT / MAP exams)
In terms of price, because of many summer camps, college students or high school students are invited as instructors. The price of summer camp is better than summer school. At the same time, the formal summer school program requires an F1 student visa and registration using the I20 form when entering the school.
Qibao went to the United States for 3 weeks in 2018 and participated in 3 different summer camps / summer schools: Summer camps in the United States range from the cheapest about 275 US dollars / week (day camp) to 2400 US dollars / week (accommodation camp). We The choices are all moderately priced: a summer camp in Los Angeles Anaheim Elementary School ($ 500 / week), a STEM summer camp in Irvine ($ 750 / week), and a summer school in Washington (Johns Hopkins University ). ＊ The above fees do not include registration fee
WEEK 1 阿纳海姆小学夏令营
第一周日子过的是飞快的。第一天校方要求早上8点进校，我们带着孩子7:45到达。领了营服（后来看学校里很多孩子都不穿制服，只有到 field trip 的时候才穿），了解了一日规范以后就把他们送进了学校。
WEEK 1 Anaheim Elementary School Summer Camp
Local transfer camp: swinging the swing and passing the day
The first week of life was fast. On the first day, the school asked to enter the school at 8 am, and we arrived with the child at 7:45. I got the camp clothes (I will see that many children in the school do n’t wear uniforms, only when they are on field trip). After learning about the day norms, they sent them to school.
On the first day, I was very curious about summer camps abroad. Fortunately, the campus was also semi-open. I could almost see what they were doing in the parking lot. I found that they were playing on the playground. Hours … My girl is “floating with the wind” on the swing.
After that, there are activities organized by classes. There are handmade, topic discussions, music lessons, etc. For about an hour, the children are released like a group of happy birds for snacks, followed by playground sports activities, and lunch begins …
At 4 pm (actually 5 o’clock), I pretended to pick up the baby at the wrong time to see what they were doing. I saw that the last hour of the timetable was digital time. The children were in groups of five and some watched the movie in the classroom, while others played on their mobile phones or pads together. Wow, this is called digital time. I can’t refute it if I think about it.
Day 2 和 Day 4是他们的 field trip 时间，这两天校园里突然出现了很多高年级的孩子，后来参观过很多学校后我知道了其中缘由：美国法律是不允许12岁孩子单独留在家里的，所以一般当地家庭会把较小的孩子送到学校去参加夏校，而12岁以上的孩子，他们有更多自由选择的余地，学校在进行 field trip 的时候也会邀请这些孩子作为 JC（ junior counselor ）起到带领与管理弟弟妹妹的作用。
Day 2 and Day 4 are their field trip time. In the past two days, many senior children suddenly appeared on the campus. After visiting many schools, I learned the reason: US law does not allow 12-year-old children to stay at home alone Yes, so local families usually send younger children to school to participate in summer school. For children over 12 years old, they have more freedom to choose. They will also invite these children as JC when they make field trips. (Junior counselor) plays the role of leading and managing brothers and sisters.
WEEK 2 尔湾STEM营
WEEK 2 Irvine STEM Camp
The world of MINECRAFT games
I know this camp is a website promoted by local friends. This is a small and famous studio in Irvine. They provide workshops such as programming and technology on Friday evenings and weekends during the semester. Grade programming, lower grade scientific activities, and simple programming are two themed activities.
We visited this place earlier when Lu Bao was in the first camp. What caught my eye was “Wow, all Chinese and Indians.” We did not find out until Lu Bao and her companion entered this camp that this is indeed a summer camp for local children. All the Chinese children we saw didn’t speak Chinese, but judging by their level of playing computer, the IT stars in Irvine are rising.
（ 插播一下，作为对孩子学习能力很自信的老母亲我经常希望个头特别大的蘅宝能够混迹在高一个年龄段的孩子当中，我想很多人跟我有一样的想法 ）
然而参观过这个 camp 后，我确定让蘅宝进他们的低龄班就好。因为我领教了高龄组的孩子编程的那个难度：老师简单说一下要点，然后整段程序编码（是这样叫吗？）就被投屏到墙上，孩子们根据自己的领会进行下一步的程序编写。嗯，我们家这个 ICT 还停留在 C 阶的同学，我还是让她感受下氛围就好了。
我们这次选的都是价格适中的当地营，并没有去类似 iDtech 这样在国内很火的营。一方面我们不想让孩子又用着母语与大家一起拼命打游戏中度过一周，另一方面，iDtech 由于校区众多，部分校区是请大学生授课的。他们的确会与大一点的孩子有更多的共鸣，但在我们小学低龄组来说，还是有经验会启发的老师来的更适合一些。
(Interview, as an old mother who is very confident in her children’s learning ability, I often hope that the particularly large cymbals can be mixed with children of an older age. I think many people have the same ideas as me
However, after visiting this camp, I was sure that it would be good to let Bao Bao enter their young age class. Because I taught the difficulty of programming for older children: the teacher briefly said the main points, and then the entire program code (is it called that?) Was projected on the wall, and the children proceeded to the next program according to their own understanding write. Well, my classmate whose ICT is still in the C level, I just let her feel the atmosphere.
At the same time, we will be invited into the classroom every day after school to see the results of the day. We are also “old comforting” for the girls who are more liberal arts to be able to explain the knowledge they learned at the forefront of science and technology that day.
We chose local camps at affordable prices this time, and did not go to camps like iDtech that are very popular in China. On the one hand, we don’t want our children to spend a week playing games with everyone in their mother tongue. On the other hand, due to the many campuses of iDtech, some campuses invite students to teach. They do resonate more with older children, but for our younger primary school group, teachers who have experience and inspiration can be more suitable.
WEEK 3 Maryland
全球的营地非常多，包括 day camp（日间营）和 boarding camp（住宿营），低龄段的孩子基本只提供日间营（走读），同时，我们发现持中国护照的学生不能申请香港地区的营地。基于蘅宝第一次参加这样的营会，我们也是做尝试，所以我们选了离华盛顿特区很近的 Sandy Spring Friends School 的日间营，主题选的是“TOYOLOGY”。
” TOYOLOGY ” 是针对小年龄段学生的课程，课程内容介绍一看就非常有趣。如蘅宝所说，她们学习了玩具的传承，并且设计制作自己喜欢的一款玩具；结业典礼上蘅宝与营会上结识的新朋友演出了她们设计的玩具的小短剧。相对目前很多借高大上的大学场地，开设的热门营会使用兼职大学生的情况，我看到蘅宝参加的这个营会老师还是比较专业且有从教经验的，她们在营前、营中都会积极发送邮件与家长进行沟通细节事宜，并且受到孩子的喜爱。
WEEK 3 Maryland
Travel with talented students worldwide
There are many camps around the world, including day camp (boarding camp) and boarding camp (boarding camp). Children in the younger age group basically only provide day camps (day). At the same time, we found that students with Chinese passports cannot apply for Hong Kong. Camp. Since Baobao participated in such a camp for the first time, we also tried, so we chose the day camp of Sandy Spring Friends School, which is close to Washington, DC, and the theme was “TOYOLOGY”.
“TOYOLOGY” is a course for young students. The introduction of the course content is very interesting at first glance. As Lu Bao said, they learned the inheritance of toys and designed and made a toy that they like; at the closing ceremony, Lu Bao and the new friends they met at the camp performed a short play of the toys they designed. Compared with the current situation of many borrowed college campuses, part-time college students are used in popular camps. I saw that the teachers in this camp attended by the professional are more professional and have experience in teaching. They will be active in the camp before and during the camp. Send emails to communicate details with parents and be loved by children.
不得不说 已经是全球非常成熟的夏令营（及线上课程）的商业执行机构了，从签发F1签证开始，到夏令营说明会，以及入营前的现场 orientation，直至每日接送学生的流程及营会结束的小结和邮件反馈，都严谨、人性化；当然，习惯了国内夏令营每日在群里海量图片发送的家长可能会有小失望，因为营会里并不会配如此多的助教处理这些内容。我在营会结束的邮件里找到了2张蘅宝的照片，已经非常满足了。
It has to be said that it is already a very mature business executive agency for summer camps (and online courses) in the world. From the issue of F1 visas, to summer camp briefings, and on-site orientation before entering the camp, to the daily process of transferring students and camps. The conclusion and email feedback are rigorous and humane. Of course, parents who are accustomed to sending a large number of pictures in the summer camp in the country may be disappointed because there are not so many teaching assistants in the camp. content. I found 2 photos of 蘅 宝 in the email after the camp, and I was very satisfied.