The course that had been prepared for the children included teaching folk customs, skills involved in molding noodles to look like lions and birds and hanging mobiles of cloth babies. The Buddha’s Light youth volunteers (BLIA) taught the children what they had learnt in their previous youth camps about folk dances and elder brother Xu Hong Kuan used the skills he learnt while in Beijing to give the children a more advanced class. His brother also taught the children group dances, encouraging the children to socially interact with each other and be friends. All of which they thoroughly enjoyed.
A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout the camp, not only due to the excellent arrangements for both lessons and play, but also due to a sense of gratitude, as the children knew that they had their parents to thank, for allowing them to be there in the first place. On the last night, all participants, together with Ven. Hui Fang gathered in the Repentance Hall to read and chant Grand Master Hsing Yun’s ‘Prayer for Parents and Friends’. They were also encouraged to make a silent prayer for those in poor health and for all sentient beings to enjoy peace.
The last day of camp was devoted to a stage performance by the children, who demonstrated the traditional dances that they had learned. The audience, made up of their parents and the Venerables from the temple, thoroughly enjoyed their lively performance, applauding until their hands stung.
There was no doubt that the Children’s Talent Camp for 2010 had been a great success.