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TEEN CAMP July 15 - July 28 An international sleepaway camp that promotes language acquisition through authentic learning and cross cultural friendships.

A true international experience, the YMCA World Teen Camp offers a one-of-a-kind language learning and cultural exchange opportunity for children and teens, ages 12-16.

LANGUAGE LEARNING/IMMERSION In our dual immersion camp setting, approximately half of our campers are native English speakers learning German and half are native German speakers learning English. Thus, campers are both learners and teachers—receiving instruction and practice in their target language, while serving as an expert in their native language.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW German and American students live, learn and have fun together in a traditional summer camp setting. Through a combination of academic and recreational activities, campers learn in tandem—building proficiency in their target language (German or English) while developing friendships that will last long past the last day of camp. Blending the fun of a traditional sleepaway camp with the skills needed to navigate a diverse, multilingual global community, World Teen Camp offers your child or teenager an opportunity to: l Meet same-age peers who are native speakers

Under the instruction of certified, bilingual language teachers, and the guidance of counselors who are fluent in both English and German, campers will spend about 50% of each day immersed in their target language. Campers will be paired with a native speaker of their target language to create Tandem Partners. Tandem Partners will act as personal language experts and cultural guides to understanding the target culture. Tandem Partners will work together during classroom instruction and participate side by side in recreational activities. During shared free-time, campers will communicate in either or both languages.

of their target language.

l Develop life-long friendships and create shared memories that will inspire and promote language learning during and after camp.

l Engage in tandem learning that enables campers of both languages to receive instruction and practice in their target language, while serving as an expert in their first language. l Increase their bilingual and bicultural understanding through authentic language use and instruction.


Katrina Bauerlein

Sabine Kneißle

Katrina has been teaching German and AP German in the Mahopac Central School District for over15 years. She holds a B.A. in German from Tufts University, and an M.Ed. from Pace University . As a Fulbright scholar, Katrina spent a year teaching English in Germany, and she continues to return to Germany annually with her high school students. She serves on the College Board’s national leadership team for AP German, where she trains teachers across the country in scoring the AP German Exam.

Sabine has been teaching secondary English and Math in Hamburg, Germany for 11 years. She holds a Master teaching degree from the University in Lüneburg, Germany. She completed a semester abroad in London, England and earned her First Certificate in English from Cambridge University. She has extensive experience supervising international tours with her high school students.

CAMP LIFE/TYPICAL DAY A typical day at camp includes a wide range of academic and recreational activities. Language instruction will have a pragmatic focus, with emphasis on language skills that can be practiced in subsequent recreational activities. Recreational activities include traditional camp favorites such as swimming, archery, kayaking, hiking, crafts, high ropes and more. Tandem Learning Activities encourage campers to work together or in small groups to solve challenges and tasks while supporting use of the target language. Evening Program is a very special time of day as all of our international villages (Germany, China, Colombia, and France) come together to learn about each other’s cultures, to engage in friendly competition and cooperative activities, and to build global awareness and engagement. The following schedule depicts a typical day:

8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Wake up 3 p.m. Breakfast 4 p.m. Cabin Cleaning 5 p.m. Morning Language Class 6 p.m. Morning Activity 7 p.m. Lunch 9 p.m. Afternoon Relax/Nap 10 p.m. Afternoon Language Class 10:30 p.m.

Afternoon Activity Tandem Learner Activity Free Time Dinner Evening Program Campfire Cabin council Lights out

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS It is our goal that campers start as tandem partners and leave as friends. Structured and recreational activities are chosen not only to enhance language learning but to ensure that campers really get to know one another. Whether they are supporting each other’s budding language skills, solving a problem together on the challenge course, or sharing their favorite cultural activities or games, campers develop strong bonds that last well beyond the last day of camp.

OUR FACILITIES Our beautiful 1,000 acre facility includes three lakes, miles of hiking trails, several large playing fields, low and high ropes courses, and so much more. Campers enjoy an incredible variety of activities including traditional sports, swimming, archery, arts & crafts, nature study, canoeing and kayaking, teambuilding, and hiking.

OUR STAFF All of our college-aged counselors are native speakers of either English or German, and highly proficient or fluent in the other. Most are pursuing degrees in language education. They are mature, caring, responsible and fun. In addition to language instruction, staff receive training in areas such as positive behavior management, activity facilitation, first aid and more.

DORMS Each one of our traditional dorms is designated as a different “village”: Germany, France, Colombia, and China. In the German village, campers live together in groups of 10, with 5 American and 5 German children, and 2 counselors in each room. Other dorm amenities include a beautiful common room with stone fireplace and a deck overlooking the lake.

MEALS Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by our expert staff, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat pasta and breads, zero trans fats and lean meats. Whenever possible, menus will incorporate traditional foods from each of the different countries represented in our camp community. Our kitchens are nut free and we are happy to accommodate special dietary needs.






Just 86 miles northwest of New York City, between the Delaware Water Gap and Catskill Mountains.

Our 1,150-acre facility is located just 86 miles northwest of New York City, and is located on the borders of NY, NJ and PA — easily accessible from Interstate 84. Greenkill Outdoor Education Center New York YMCA Camp PO Box 622 - Mailing Address 160 Big Pond Rd - GPS Address Huguenot, NY 12746 845-858-2226 Fax: 845.858.7823

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