FAQ

About the Conference

Why should I send my kids to TAF Summer Conference?
In addition to learning about Taiwan and tools for personal development, the TAF Summer Conference is an opportunity for kids to connect with other kids of Taiwanese heritage in the Midwest. Year after year, we hear that making new friends is the best part of the summer conference. What also makes TAF stand apart from other conferences is that we’re the longest running Taiwanese group. We offer over 35 years experience and are constantly refining our program to reflect the needs of the Taiwanese American community.

This is my child’s first sleep away camp and I’m worried about them.
For many campers, this is often their first sleep away camp and we understand that kids may be nervous about being on their own for the first time. TAF is happy to work with parents to create a positive experience for their kids. If parents would like to communicate any specific needs before the start of or during TAF, they can communicate that either during the registration process or email us at tafmarketing@tafworld.org. Communications will be directed to the Program Director so that counselors can be prepared. 

Are the campers really be camping? Are they going to be in tents and building their own fires?
No. Campers will be staying in air conditioned college dormitories and have hot meals in the college cafeteria.

Which generation of parents send their kids to TAF and participate in the Weekend Program?
There is a mixture of first and second generation parents.

My child has special needs such as food allergies or daily medication requirements. Can my child attend TAF?
Yes. Please note their needs on the medical waiver form during registration and be sure that your child brings all the necessary medication with them to the summer conference. The information will stay confidential and be shared only with people who are in direct contact with your child such as their Advisor.

I went to TAF as a youth and remember the program being pretty political. Is that still the case?
TAF’s approach is to introduce Taiwan in a fun and interactive manner and to focus on the cultural aspects of Taiwan.

Why should I care about the themes?
To help our children grow into fullest potential, the rotating themes of Identity, Ethics and Values, Communication, and Leadership give structure to developing strong servant leaders.

What’s servant leadership?
Servant leadership is a philosophy where service and leadership are intertwined. It is about taking your own personal talents and strengths and leading with compassion, humility, and respect, something that our leaders today should have.

What if I’ve registered and need to cancel?
If you need to cancel your registration, please email tafmarketing@tafworld.org to request a refund. To receive a full refund, cancellation requests must be received by 11:59pm CST on July 16, 2017. If cancellation requests are made after the July 16, 2017 deadline, a processing fee of $25 per child will be charged before a refund is issued. Please allow 6-8 weeks after the end of the TAF summer conference to receive your refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after July 23, 2017. Refunds will not be given for early dismissal due to homesickness, misconduct or medical reasons.

For the weekend program, cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday 8/2. A processing fee of $25 per person will be charged before a refund is issued. No weekend program refunds will be issued for requests received past the refund deadline on 8/2.

Can parents come for the whole week?
Parents are welcomed to come for the week. However the conference is a time for children and teens to learn about themselves and TAF encourages parents to give their child the space to learn how to become independent individuals. Please note that there are no activities planned for parents who come for the week.

How do I know what’s going on with my child while they’re at TAF?
TAF’s social media channels such as our blog, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are active during the week. Video recaps and pictures are posted on a daily basis during the week.

Are cell phones allowed?
Campers may bring cell phones to the Summer Conference but are not permitted to have it with them while TAF is active. Children may use their cell phones during their free time. If parents need to reach their kids in the event of an emergency during active sessions, please feel free to contact the appropriate Program Director.

My child will be flying home from TAF. Will there be someone there to make sure they’re not last one on campus?
Yes. We collect everyone’s flight information so that we can make sure that your child isn’t left alone on campus.

What is your disciplinary policy?
The staff at the TAF Summer Conference will strive not only to provide fun and learning experiences, but also to stress respect for the environment and others. If a camper is found to be repeatedly interfering with the enjoyment of other campers or staff members, the TAF Director will intervene reminding the camper of his/her responsibility to behave in an appropriate manner. The TAF Director may choose to enforce an appropriate disciplinary action (i.e. time out, a discussion, loss of free time, etc.) which is consistent with the philosophy of the camp and which supports the camper’s dignity. Please review the rules with your child and make sure they are understood. We believe that you as a parent/guardian will appreciate knowing of any problem that your child may experience. TAF reserves the right to suspend or expel any camper from the program who poses serious continual discipline problems. If such behavior warrants it, an immediate suspension or expulsion may result. If we need to remove camper from program immediately, the parent will be notified. No refunds will be given.

As a parent, do I still need to register if I’m only going for TAF Night? I’m not staying on campus and don’t know if I’ll be eating at the cafeteria or not?
Yes registration is required for everyone. To keep the camp safe, TAF requires all parents who arrive on campus to register, regardless if they are staying or eating with us. Those who are not registered will immediately be escorted away from the camp for the safety of our children.

Campers

I just finished 5th grade. Should I stay in Juniors or go into Junior High Program?
You should stay in the Juniors program and join the Junior High program when you’ve completed 6th grade.

I just finished 8th grade. Should they stay in Junior High or go into the Youth program?
You should stay in the Junior High program and join the Youth program when you’ve completed 9th grade.

I just finished 12th grade. Can I still go to TAF?
Yes! The youth program is designed for teens who have completed grades 9-12.

I didn’t go for the last couple of years. Should I go? I haven’t been good at keeping in touch with my old TAF friends. What if they judge me?
Would you judge them? Probably not. So you should go. Your old friends will probably be too excited to see you again to judge you. Plus part of the TAF fun is making new friends too!

I want to get involved. What Coordinator positions can I apply for?
There are a variety of areas: Hospitality, Group Games, Choir, Swing Choir (choreographed dance), Yearbook, Slideshow and TAF Night. Contact the Youth Program Director for more information.

Weekend Program

Is the Weekend Program just for parents?
No. TAF welcomes all adults to the Weekend Program and is a great opportunity for TAFers to reunite for the weekend.

Will there be programming for children for the weekend? Unfortunately programming is not available for children who arrive for the weekend. The Weekend Program is designed for adults and children may not join the main conference for the weekend.

Can I arrive on Saturday for the Weekend Program?
TAF strongly encourages attendees to arrive for 6pm dinner on Friday evening. Please understand that TAF has a limited number of volunteers. Arrivals outside those times may mean there may not be staff available to check you in.

If I didn’t register online, can I just show up and still attend the Weekend Program?
TAF welcomes all attendees and encourages adults to register online ahead of time so that there is an accurate headcount for rooms and meals. We hope attendees understand that TAF has a limited number of volunteers so there may not be staff or rooms available for unannounced guests.

I’d like to come for the Weekend Program. Do I need to stay on campus?
No. TAF offers a meals-only plan for those who would like to stay at hotels. The closest hotels are about 15 miles away.

I have a family with special needs. What kind of accommodations can TAF provide?
TAF has a limited number of rooms available to assist families with special needs. Priority is first given to families who have members that have disabilities, the elderly, and then to families with small children. Rooms are available on first-come, first-served and are based on when the family registered. Please indicate special needs under medical information on the registration form.

For families that TAF is not able to accommodate, hotels are another option that families may want to consider. TAF offers a meals-only plan for those staying at hotels.

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