Friday, August 26, 2011 – Sunday, August 28, 2011: Valens Conservation Area, Flamborough, Ontario.
Last weekend almost 100 members, friends and supporters of Doan Thanh Nien Phan Boi Chau Youth for Democracy gathered together for DTNPBC’s 2nd annual appreciation camp, Trại An Tình. That’s almost double the number of campers we had last year!
We had an amazing weekend of historical-themed games, a chance to bond and share and learn and reflect; most importantly to appreciate each other and all the privileges we have as Vietnamese-Canadians, children of Freedom fighters and refugees who risked or sacrificed their lives to give our generation all the best things in life.
Saturday night featured a bonfire “forum” in which every camper was offered the chance to express their feelings and thoughts about the relationship between the two generations – us children and our parents – and what it means to “bridge the generation gap”. Everyone seemed to agree that communication was key, but was lacking. I was very touched while listening to all the parents speaking and felt their genuine love and concern towards us. It was a very emotional and special segment of the camp.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s Trai An Tinh camp and hope to see everyone there again!!