"I decided to be a part of LID Camp because I wanted to push myself to be more proactive in taking on leadership positions. I also wanted to get more involved with the Taiwanese community and meet new people. Having always been a camper, it was a good learning experience being on the other side as a mentor and organizer. I learned to appreciate all the work that went into putting a youth camp together. I enjoyed interacting with the campers and was able to make lasting friendships with the other camp counselors and staff."
"The reason I went to camp was because I wanted to find a group of people that had backgrounds similar to mine. I struggled to with my Taiwanese identity throughout middle school and high school, despite the high Taiwanese population in my area. This camp gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of Taiwanese people as well as give me a family that I still connect to even this day."
"Camp has changed my life in ways I did not think possible. As an 11 year old reluctant to be away from home, I was intimidated by the idea of meeting new people. However, I found myself drawn back to camp every year for the next six years. Camp provided me with guidance and the desire to share my story with the people around me. Every summer became a new opportunity for me to strengthen my courage and build more friendships."
"Camp has been a monumental influence on my life. I attended LID Camp as a camper in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the activities, culture, and experience of it all. Our mission is all about developing our youth and leading them toward a better future. Because camp is all about family and being inclusive, I've come back year after year and created lifelong friends."
"Camp is that one week of having fun with old friends while making new ones at the same time. As a camper, camp in the beginning was a bit intimidating. The idea of spending a week away from home with people I did not know scared me a little. But that quickly changed when I arrived. Everyone was so energetic and excited for camp and that energy helped bring me out of my shell and begin interacting with everyone. By the end of my first year as a camper, I had gotten much closer to my friends and made many new friends, many of which I still talk to this day. It was because of these experiences that convinced me to become a staff member for camp. I wanted to bring that same experience and all the feelings I had as a camper to the table and share them with the next generation of campers. Camp was and always will be a special part of my life and it’s an experience I want to continue to share with as many people as possible."
"I decided to become a counselor for camp because my friends were campers in high school and I never got the chance to do that. Once I was in college, the only option was to be a counselor. Growing up as a first generation Taiwanese-American, I got what I could from my parents but could never truly identify with many of my peers. I needed an outlet. Though I was extremely afraid of letting my campers down because I had no previous experience, they ended up helping me, I think, even more than I helped them. Being a counselor at LID Camp was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I learned so much about responsibility and about not only myself but my campers."
"CAMP WAS THAT ONE WEEK WHERE I COULD JUST HAVE FUN BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED. IT WAS THAT AWKWARD WEEK WHERE SUMMER SCHOOL ENDED AND SCHOOL WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN. IT WAS THE MOST FUN I'D EVER HAD. LIVING AWAY FROM HOME, 24/7 INTERACTION WITH FRIENDS, AND HAVING NOTHING BUT THE FEELING OF BELONGING WAS THE MOST COMPELLING REASON I BECAME A COUNSELOR. I WANT TO LET OTHERS HAVE THAT SAME EXPERIENCE TO MEET OTHERS AND TO GROW AS AN INDIVIDUAL. IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN THAT PLAY HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON PRO-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND I WANT TO CONTINUE THAT CYCLE BY GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY."
"If I have to use one word to describe LID Camp it would be…Impactful. As a first time counselor, I didn’t expect to be so affected by being at camp, especially as one of the oldest counselors too. However, through interactive workshops ranging from cultural to personal growth, you get attached to your group of campers. We get to learn about what they want to achieve as an individual and are able to provide guidance through these workshops. For me, personally, the biggest takeaway was that sense of family bond I developed with camp/campers. It’s a type of bond that will leave both campers and counselors coming back every year."