Mandarin Program Overview

This immersive and fun Mandarin camp is appropriate for all levels of Mandarin learners. Campers will be immersed in the Chinese language while enjoying activities that showcase the customs, food, music, art and dance of this wonderful culture. Learn how to speak and read the language, while also enjoying art, storytelling, singing and engaging cultural experiences. 

Do I need previous Chinese language experience?

No prior Mandarin language skills are necessary. 

Language acquisition will come naturally to your child as a result of their participation in immersion-based activities. Campers will be challenged to enhance their language skills through an increasingly intensive level of interaction with teachers and other campers. Teachers will focus on building campers’ confidence in speaking Chinese outside of camp. 

My child already speaks Mandarin or is an advanced speaker.

All levels of Mandarin language experience are welcome. Children will be grouped by language proficiency and age after the first week, to ensure that every camper gets the most out of his or her experience.  Full and half day option available for all sessions. 

Beginner Level

Campers at this level either have no previous exposure to Chinese or have very limited knowledge of Chinese. They can usually recognize fewer than 50 Chinese characters. They are either unable to communicate in Chinese or able to communicate in isolated words on topics related to daily life or personal experience.


Intermediate Level

Campers at this level have been exposed to Chinese for more than one and a half years. They can recognize more than 100 Chinese characters and write simple Chinese characters and phrases. Campers can engage in simple and direct conversations related to daily activities and personal experience. Campers are generally able to communicate in formulaic sentences. Campers at this level have knowledge of content including numbers (time and calendar), colors, animals, family members, weather, seasons, food, time, and places.


Advanced Level

Campers at this level have been exposed to Chinese consistently for more than two years and recognize more than 150 Chinese characters. Campers can participate in conversations in most informal and some formal settings on topics of personal experience. They are usually able to converse in non-formulaic and longer sentences. Campers are able to narrate and provide descriptions in logical time frames, and they can generally read and write in paragraphs. Campers at this level have knowledge in content areas including those listed in the upper-intermediate level as well as shopping and dining.


M-F Full Day Sessions (9am-3pm) or (9:30am-3:30pm)

M-F Half Day Sessions (9am-12 Noon) or (9:30am-12:30pm)

Preschool Sessions (Ages 3-5)


July 8 - 26 (3 weeks)


June 15-July 3 (3 weeks)

June 29-July 17 (3 weeks)

July 20-August 7 (3 weeks) 

Elementary Sessions (Ages 5-10)

June 8-26 (3 weeks)

June 15-July 3 (3 weeks)

July 6-24 (3 weeks)

July 27-August 14 (3 weeks)


Middle School Sessions (Ages 11-15)

June 15-July 3 (3 weeks)


July 6-24 (3 weeks)


July 27-August 14 (3 weeks)



All sessions will be conducted in accordance with CDC & state regulations surrounding COVID-19.

  • Small stable group sessions (12 campers or less)

  • Daily sterilizing of common spaces & educational tools 

  • Indoor/outdoor learning spaces

  • PPE as required for campers & staff


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