Under the guidance of venerable Master Jie Kai, the South African Young adult division delicately planed four days and three night of fun-filled activities and class. With 70 children from differ region of South Africa, their aim was to make the children's time at the Nan Hua temple a fruitful and memorable winter experience.
The camp was filled with wondrous activities: games, sports, story telling and many more. The children are divided into two groups according to their ages. One group is 7-9 years old and the other is 10-14 years old. On the first day the children held hands in ice-breaking, warm hugs melted always the cold unknown barrier and each made many new friends. At night, was a welcoming party from the youth to the children. Dances, acts, song and games using all measures possible to welcomed the children and made them felt right at home. Under the folk art teacher Pan Hui Ling's teaching, through colorful paintbrushes and different quality materials in mere hours pushed everyone's creativity to the maximum level! Making a rich variety of works such as lanterns, gyros, paper cutting, windmills, etc. Folk sports teacher, Rong Pei Chen, took the children through basic rope skipping exercises, gyros and diabolo. The children were small, but they worked hard to complete each movement. The Edge of Temple was a time for the children to challenge themselves though games. Observation, agility, quickness, cleverest, each game was created to test and teach the children while they were having fun. During film time, YAD member Yuki Huang led the children to watch "I love happiness", an animation created by Grandmaster Hsing Yun to teach children different morals and how to face everyday problems. All of child watched with bated breath hoping to answer the question correctly. During a pray for the parents, every little one earnestly praised the “Nanwu Guanyin Bodhisattva” and offered a lamp to the parents in front of the Buddha to wish them good health and peace. On the final day of the camp, the children spent 100% of their efforts to show what they had learned in four days. Each team sent representatives to express the thoughts of their team. Besides thanking the big brother and sister for their meticulous care, the children thanked the mothers in the kitchen for preparing the rich food, making them happy to eat, and there was a large pot of warm food.
As the sound of the car boomed. Volunteers who stood in front of the door on the first day are here again, but this time they did not welcome the children but bid farewell to those who had lived together for the pass few days. Everyone was red-eyed and reluctantly bid farewell and looked forward to December, to meet again.