The Junior High (JH) Program is for campers who have completed grades 6-8.
Middle school students experience new levels of independence for the first time, which can be exciting yet tough. As students tackle physical changes and new social challenges, TAF provides a safe and supportive space for them to develop themselves as teenagers.
Our JH Goals
The TAF JH Program is designed to meet the developmental needs of our campers, with our staff preparing activities. Our small group structure for JH (two counselors per 8-10 campers) ensures that campers have the close support and supervision they need while still giving them the space to take measured risks in an encouraging environment.
Our structure helps campers explore what it means to be Taiwanese American with our counselors as role models. Throughout the week, our programming focuses on fostering meaningful social connections, developing teamwork skills, practicing servant leadership, and applying healthy frameworks for self-discovery.
We work closely with our guest speaker and counselors to create engaging lessons on one of TAF’s four rotating themes: Leadership, Identity, Ethics and Values, and Communication. In this year’s theme, campers will gain experiences through hands-on activities and workshops to learn, practice, and maintain leadership skills.
A typical day for a JH camper begins with Speaker Sessions at 9 am: these lessons challenge campers to reflect on theme-related topics. In their small groups, they then discuss methods that can be used to apply these lessons to their lives. The morning wraps up with workshops led by our counselors. Campers have opportunities to be physically active outdoors, learn more about their Taiwanese heritage, or hone new skills such as creating hovercrafts or crafting tie-dye shirts.
After lunch, activities range from playing games with their Big Sib to learning swing choir choreography for TAF Night. After dinner, evening activities include guided dialogues on race, gender, culture, and current social issues. These dialogues provide campers the chance to express their thoughts and learn how to actively listen and empathize. Evening activities also include the TAF Teahouse and Informal Dance as well as the Night Market. At the end of such a busy day, counselors make sure campers are in their rooms and ready for bed by curfew at 10:30 pm.