Jul 02, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on Summer Camp – Hakka Style
To bring kids closer to nature, the Hakka Cultural Park will hold a six-week-long summer camp highlighting agricultural life and farming fun. Parents are also encouraged to bring their children to attend DIY classes during weekends.
One of the major activities features primitive ‘earth-oven making.’ The process involves steps such as digging out mud, piling up mud bricks to construct an oven, setting a wood fire to heat the oven, removing the fire before putting in sweet potatoes or anything to be baked, and cooking the food well with the remaining heat.
According to Hakka Affairs Commission Chairperson Liu Chia-chun, kids nowadays have fewer opportunities to embrace Mother Nature when growing up. The paddies in the Hakka Cultural Park serve as a rare place inside the city jungle for youngsters to learn about the ancient wisdom of Hakka ancestors through activities such as earth-oven building.
In addition to the baking fun, theme lessons are organized for second to sixth graders every Tuesday to Friday starting July 15. Topics span self-defense skill, melon shed building, leaves collage, soap making, flower-pounding dyeing, sketch drawing, guided reading on English illustration books, and more. Each course is limited to 50 participants.
What’s more, environmental education classes and hands-on experience with making traditional toys will be available every Saturday and Sunday starting July 5. The rice harvesting activity is open for registration from July 3 through 11.
To learn more about the Hakka summer camp, please visit http://www.thcp.org.tw/ (Chinese) or call 02-23691198, Ext. 509. Interested individuals can sign up starting 9 AM on July 3.