Frequently Asked Questions

What are the camp dates?

Our 2018 camp dates are

Session 1 – July 28 to August 4.

Session 2 – August 4 to August 11.


How old are the campers?

Campers must be between the ages of 11 and 17 during their stay at the summer camp.


How much will the camp cost?

The rates for overnight campers are:

One Session: $650
Two Sessions: $1300

The day camp rates are:

One Session: $525
Two Sessions: $1050


What should my camper bring?

Lots of clean clothing! As campers will be doing intense physical activity daily, they will definitely be sweating a lot. So please make sure your camper has plenty of clothes. We do laundry every weekend, so each camper should have enough clothes for 1 week. Campers should also bring sheets and a pillow or sleeping bag for their beds. Towels, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and other toiletries should be brought. And don’t forget a swim suit!

We encourage campers to focus on their training and enjoy the beautiful environment of the Catskills. All electronic devices other than those that only can play music (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) are prohibited and will be confiscated at the beginning of camp.  These items will be returned at the end of camp.


Does the Temple encourage students and campers to become Buddhists?

No. Shifu and the temple always encourage all temple students to continue believing what they believe. As Shifu explains – “I believe in all of the religion’s special leaders, they all teach people to be good people, to only do good things, not to do bad, and to help other people. All of them just have different names, I believe in them all, love them all, and I believe they love us too. When you come to the Temple, you don’t need to change what you believe, change religions, shave your head, or become a vegetarian. I do not teach Chinese philosophy, I teach International philosophy. I encourage my students, disciples, and followers to go to church, go to monasteries, go to mosques, to open their minds and open their hearts.”

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