Teen Camp

Teen Camp

June 15 June 19 PDT

Enough! Enough! You are enough!

The Art of Unmasking Your True Self

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The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Deer Park Monastery are thrilled to be hosting Teen Camp, a unique opportunity for 13-18 year-olds to practice mindfulness in nature, surrounded by other young people who want to grow in understanding and love. At Teen Camp we will make meaningful friendships, learn skills to lead happier lives, and have lots of fun. We know that the past couple of years have not been easy, and words cannot express how grateful we are to be hosting our first Teen Camp since 2019. This will no doubt be a legendary camp.

Be Beautiful. Be Yourself.

So much of our culture sends us the message that we are flawed–that if we only looked a certain way or got better grades or had more people following us on social media, then we would be happy. The world always seems to be telling us that we aren’t smart enough or pretty enough or good enough. So at Teen Camp, we practice to live deeply what we know deep down: that right here, right now, we have everything we need, and our true presence is the greatest gift we can offer. We have had enough input from a culture that tells us that we are lacking. At Teen Camp we practice to see that we have enough, we are doing enough, and we are enough, just as we are.  

In this retreat:

  • Sitting and walking meditation with live guidance from Deer Park monastics
  • Games, Hiking, and a Performance Night
  • Live talks offered by senior monastic disciples of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Spaces to connect with people our age as we look deeply into the challenges and joys that we experience in our daily lives
  • A transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings offered by the monastics of the Plum Village Tradition
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50 responses to “Teen Camp”

  1. Good morning, What is the minimum age for the teen camp? When will the registration open? And What is the cost per person? Thank you 🙏🏽

    • Hello Heidi. Thank you for the questions. The Teen Camp is typically for 13-17 year olds. We hope to have registration sometime in April and the exact costs have not been set yet. But we do try to make it reasonable for families. Probably around $40/night. But remember, this is not set.

  2. Good morning Lang Mai – Loc Uyen
    Do we have a teen camp in 2022? in Loc Uyen or other Lang Mai’ location? please share the schedule as well.
    Thanks so much and Happy New Year.

    Best regards.
    Trang Nguyen

    • Dear friend. Yes, we will hold a teen camp here at Loc Uyen from June 15-19. More details will be posted here as the time approaches.

  3. Good afternoon, is this camp going to be coed? Can I join still since I am a girl? I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you!

  4. Hello,
    I am interested in the teens camp, is there only one camp happening this year? Or are there any other dates?

  5. Hi I am interested to register for my 2 daughters to attend. We will be coming from Austin TX. Do you have any details about the camp and can I stay with them or I have to arrange difference staying? Thank you.

    • We don’t have any additional details just yet. The registration date isn’t known yet but once we know it will be posted on this page. However we do know that parents need to find a place to stay elsewhere. It’s only for the teens. 😀

  6. Good morning
    I’m a 20 year-old college student and really interested in participating this activity. I found only this time that I can attend since I will have an internship job after that. I’m now under psychology therapy treatment for my stress and anxiety issues. I hope that there’s an exceptional option that allows me to attend this course. It will help me to improve my issues to have a healthy life.
    Thank you

    • We’ll have to wait until after the organizing team is setup; probably not until later this spring. Please check back with us. Have you thought about joining our Wake Up Retreat which may be more appropriate for you.

  7. Good afternoon,
    It’s Brian Nguyen, 20 year-old college student. I wished to attend the Wake up Retreat; however, I have to take courses in person for Spring quarter. The Teen Camp is a perfect one for me that I have one week free before starting my summer internship job.
    I really appreciate your quick response

  8. Dear OI Brother Chan Niem Hy, I am interested in signing up for this Teens Retreat for 13 yo old. Would it be possible to create an interest list and send email when registration is open? Thank you Brother.

    • Hi Jane. Yes, we can do that soon but have some other things happening right now. Perhaps next week this can be accomplished.

  9. We have an 18 yr old who has attended teen retreats at Deer Park (last year and a few years ago). At 18, is he still welcome?

    • This will be a question for the organizing team. It’s a possibility but they haven’t met yet. When we put the registration online, that would be a good time to ask again.

  10. Good Morning _()_,
    what is the planned date for opening registration. I would like to register my 15yr old son.
    Thank you,

  11. Good evening, I am reading here that it will be camping only. Is there a reason the dorms will not be available? And, two more questions, please. Will my granddaughter need to provide her own tent? And, one of her friends has expressed interest in going. Would the two girls be able to share a tent? Thank you in advance for your help. A Lotus for You, Barbara (Jaysa’s grandmother:)

    • Thank you for the questions. Usually all the girls camp in Clarity Hamlet and the boys camp in Solidity Hamlet. It’s setup like a “camp” with tents provided that each hold a small group of teens. The monastics and staff typically camp with the teens. 😀

  12. We can’t wait for our 14 years old to join this camp for the first time this year. We would like more information about the camp so I can introduce to other parents in our hometown.

    • That’s great to hear Thuy Su. I’m not certain what type of information you are hoping to receive. But here are some thoughts. During this retreat, all the teens stay in tents along with monastics and staff supporting the retreat. Usually it’s setup like a small camp area. One for boys and one for girls. Each day there will be an opportunity to practice sitting meditation and walking meditation. We will eat our meals together. Listen to some teachings. Play games. Share together. Go for a hike. I hope this helps. 🙂

  13. Will masks be mandatory? I have a teen with lots of anxiety regarding covid, and she would not be comfortable without masks being mandatory.

    • At this time, we don’t know what the protocol will be during the retreat. Perhaps once we get a little closer to the date.

    • A quick follow up for you. I’m going to guess that almost all the activities will be outside and sew masks may not be required.

  14. Hello, I would like to attend the teen camp. I am 12 and will be turning 13 in September. Is it ok for me to attend?

    • Yes, the teens and staff are camping. A request can be made through the registration office and we do what we can to support the teens but it’s not always possible.

    • We don’t have the page written in Vietnamese but I will talk with the organizing team and see if we can provide a translation. Historically, the teen camp has been a majority Vietnamese teens but most of them do you speak English. Will need to get back to you on the translation.

    • Great question! Unfortunately, no parents allowed at the Teen Camp. You would need to find somewhere nearby to stay if you need to travel with your teen.

  15. Do you have a recommended experience level ? Would newbies in meditating have a good experience ?

  16. Dear Brother Joy! My nephew registered for the Teen Camp. The Deer Park Office asked him to provide his booster proof. He will need to take a booster. When will be the last day to provide his booster proof? Thank you.

    • Hello Ann. Please ask the office if there is a deadline, but in my observation they are always scrambling to get everyone to turn in the paperwork leading up to a retreat.

      • Dear Brother Joy! Thank you so much for your reply. His mother told me she emailed the office the question. She is anxious to hear reply from the office so she can plan for her trip. Is there any way you can help? (I included her email)

  17. Greetings, I wanted to check this out but if I’m not able to make it until June 17th can I just attend for the rest of the retreat and only pay for the days I will be able to attend.
    Much Appreciated

  18. Dear brother Joy!
    Since the 2022 schedule is already full, do you have the retreat schedule for 2023 yet?

    • We still have two or three Retreats to open this year but they’ve already been announced. The 2023 retreat schedule will probably be available in the fall.

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