YMCA Camp Collins-Saitama YMCA: Volunteer Home-Stay Families Needed

By President

Each summer YMCA Camp Collins proudly partners with the Saitama YMCA in Japan to offer a dynamic, cultural opportunity for youth. Japanese children ranging in ages from 8 to 13 journey across the Pacific to Oregon and participate in a week of resident camp at YMCA Camp Collins, just outside Gresham. During this week, campers are placed in cabins with American campers and enjoy traditional American camping activities like archery, arts and crafts, tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing and more.

The week following resident camp, the group spends time exploring Oregon through recreational, educational and tourist-focused excursions. YMCA Camp Collins is striving to improve this already rich experience and to meet Saitama YMCA’s program goals with the addition of home-stays in the Portland community. YMCA Camp Collins is in search of home-stay families for youth from Japan from Saturday, August 7th – Thursday, August 12th, 2010. YMCA Camp Collins will be organizing activities for Japanese campers and children of host families to participate in during the day, Monday through Thursday. Japanese campers will spend the weekend with host families and travel home with them each evening during the week. Home-stay families can host 1-2 campers depending on camper’s age and families’ ability.

Interested families must fill out a Volunteer Application for each adult in the household and will be required to attend an orientation prior to the home-stay week. Applications will be reviewed on a first come basis. Completed applications can be mailed to:

YMCA Camp Collins

Attn: Sarah LaPointe

3001 SE Oxbow Parkway

Gresham, OR 97080

For more information or to request a Volunteer Application, feel free to contact Sarah LaPointe, YMCA Camp Collins Group Services Director, at slapointe@ymca-portland.org. We look forward to you joining us in this international initiative aimed at bringing the world closer together through supportive communities.

Filed in: Past Events • Friday, June 18th, 2010

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.