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Teen Camp 2014: Mind Training

Jul 18, 2014 - Jul 21, 2014



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Camp Overview

What is it?

Teen camp gives teens a fun, friendly space to explore deeper issues in life through lively discussion, fun activities, guided meditations of various types, and time to chill with new friends.  Parents are also welcome and can participate in a separate parallel program.


This Year’s Theme: Mind Training

Tests, texts, tweets, Instagrams, dating, worrying about our looks, friendship drama, parent pressure, sports, college applications, insecurity and self-hatred: so much stress for teens today! In addition to the long term practices of mindfulness and single-pointed concentration, is there a way to work with the crazy thoughts we have right now, on the spot, in a way that will help us suffer less?


Yes! It is called Mind Training. Working with a set of simple but deep slogans developed by some serious mental athletes over a few hundred years, we will learn new ways to see if we’re looking at life in the best way possible, learn how to deal with disappointments in a healthier way, and develop the power to adjust our own attitudes towards the positive. Through lots of fun, interactive activities at camp this year, we will strengthen our mind muscles in the company of friends new and old. In addition to hikes, chillout time, movie nights, art projects and juicy discussions, we will have fun bringing the old school wisdom of Buddhism into modern life!


“By training your mind and becoming accustomed to not seeing problems as problems,even great problems of the mind and body become so easy to bear that you experience no difficulty when you encounter them.  Problems become more enjoyable, as light and soft as cotton.”

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Who is it for?

All families with teens 13-18 are invited to inquire. The experience of parents and children sharing the weekend continues from the family camp tradition.  We also welcome applicants of teens attending on their own.


How is it set up?

The Teen/Parent camp has two tracks: one for teens and one for parents.


In our teen track, working with leaders who understand how challenging teen life can be, we will explore how we think, how we act, and how we use our dharma in our daily life. We hope to help teens tap into their innate intelligence so they can create happier lives now and in the future. The program is Buddhist-based and the activities will all be teen-friendly and teen-focused.

The parent’s program is facilitated by a separate leader and will be more focused around meditation training on the same theme of mind training. 



Attendants can arrive and register between 1-3 PM on Friday and the course will conclude by 2:30pm on Monday.




3:00-5:00 Registration     
5:15-6:00 Working Meditation Training in Main Dining Room
6:00-6:30 Dinner    
6:30 - 7:00 Working meditation/settling in    
7:00- 7:30 Camp Overview/Welcome in Main Gompa    
7:30-9:30 Intro, games, trust building -Julia]    
8:00-8:30 Meditation - Gabe    
8:30-9:00 Breakfast    
9:00-9:30 Working Meditation    
9:30-11:00 Theme Activities    
11:00-11:15 Break    
11:15-12:30 Scavenger Hunt Nature Based    
12:30-1:15 Lunch     
1:15-1:45 Working Meditation    
1:45 - 3:30 Break (Showers, Nap, Chill with new friends)  
3:30-4:30 Art    
4:30-4:45 Break    
4:45-6:00 Theme Activities    
6:00-6:30 Dinner    
6:30-7:00 Working Meditation    
7:00 - 7:45 Movement and Music    
7:45 - 8:00 Break    
8:00-10:00 Movie and Discussion - Parents Welcome    
8:00-8:30 Meditation    
8:30-9:00 Breakfast    
9:00-9:30 Working Meditation    
9:30-12:30 Hiking    
12:30-1:15 Lunch     
1:15-1:45 Working Meditation    
1:45 - 3:30 Break (Showers, Nap, Chill with new friends)  
3:30-4:30 Art    
4:30-4:45 Break    
4:45-6:00 Theme Activities    
6:00-6:30 Dinner    
6:30-7:00 Working Meditation    
7:00-7:45 Movement and Music    
8:00-9:00 Guy and Girl Talk    
9:00-10:00 Movie - Parents Welcome    
8:00-8:30 Meditation - Gabe    
8:30-9:00 Breakfast    
9:00 - 9:30 Working Meditation    
9:30-10:45 Closing Art    
10:45-11 Break    
11-12:00 Closing Fire Puja    
12:00-12:45 Lunch    
12:45-2:00 Pack bags, clean rooms, Final Camp Cleanup    




Camping: $255
Parents Dorm: $315
Private Room: $480
Private Cabin: $525
Camping: $200
Teen Dorm: $260



Financial Aid


We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.



If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at office@vajrapani.org