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The eighth Annual National Youth Leadership
Development Camp
May 27th - 30th, 2005

Camp Young Judaea
121 Camp Young Judaea Dr.
Wimberley, Texas 78676
(512) 847-9564
Fax: (512) 847-5086

Online Registration Is Closed

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Check-in Time: 6:00pm Friday May 27th
Check-out Time: 2:00pm Monday May 30th, 2005

Introduction

Imagine a community where adults and youth make personal and social responsibility a priority, where people use their unique skills and talents to make their community a better place, where creative solutions, positive actions and kind words are the catalyst for change. The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) would like to invite you to share in a special vision for our community development.

The commitment to lifelong learning, achievement, and improvement usually begins at an early age. Young people who have accepted leadership roles in their organization or community and demonstrated an early commitment to others should be encouraged and supported in their development. With the rising of Vietnamese-American population in North America and the emerging of many youth-led community organizations, there is a growing demand to have a positive environment where young community activists can sharpen their leadership skills, network with their peers, and share their experiences over the years of community involvement. With that in mind, since 1998, VCSA has organized the annual National Youth Leadership Development Camp, namely Len Duong Camp (or “Embark on a Journey”). 

The camp program is carefully designed to empower young Vietnamese-Americans to become effective leaders in their respective organizations through leadership education and hands-on experience. Each year, Len Duong Camp provides approximately 250-300 young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a camp setting. Participants are exposed to the concepts, elements, and process of leadership, learn to recognize group dynamics and to understand its effects on the leadership process, and enhance their powers of analysis relating to critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution. 

In community service organizations, collaborations are frequent and essential for the success of delivering the desired impacts. Indeed, the Len Duong Camp project involved collaborations and partnerships between VCSA and many other community-based groups, educational institutions, small businesses, and corporations. We are especially fortunate to receive support from LEAP (Leadership for Asian Pacific, Inc.) for providing leadership development workshops and seminars at the camp since 2003. 

In the past seven years, Len Duong Camp has served over 1,800 young community activists and students. In this unique environment, campers have sharpened their leadership skills and realized their potential as future leaders. They return each year more motivated, more equipped for and committed to community involvement. Based on the feedback we have received from campers and on tracking actual campers’ community involvement, the impact of these camps has been one of the biggest success stories in the Vietnamese-American community. We would like to continue to build on what we have established. Len Duong Camp 2005 will take place at Camp Young Judaea in Wimberley, Texas during the Memorial Holiday weekend, May 27-30, 2005.

VCSA has fully committed its support and resources to this strategic project. A staff of 40 volunteers contributes approximately 6,000 hours of service to Len Duong Camp project each year. This project has proven successful in the past years. 


Goal

The goal of VCSA’s National Youth Leadership development camp is to develop future leaders for Asian-American communities, specially focusing on Vietnamese-Americans.

Objectives

The objectives of the camp are to:

    • Increase by 10 percent the number of campers who will be taking active leadership role after the camp (as measured by the number of youths who will become officers of their respective organizations after attending the camp);

    • Increase volunteerism by 20 percent (as measured by the number of youths involved in community activities after the camp);

    • Build a network where young people can share experiences and ideas;

    • Encourage friendship and open possibilities for the future collaboration of Vietnamese-American youth-led organizations across the nation in community projects; and

    • Build cultural heritage awareness to bridge the generation gap in the Vietnamese-American community; increase by 15 percent the number of campers who become more committed to learn about their roots and their cultural heritage.

Target Groups

    • Vietnamese-American Student Association officers for all U.S. and Canada universities.

    • Leaders of other youth-led organizations with a strong interest in community involvement.

    • Young community leaders already involved in community projects.

 Measure Of Success

To measure our success, we will:

    • Request evaluations from campers and post the results on our Web site.

    • Count the number of campers who become officers in their local community organizations after the camp.

    • Track the number of campers involved with community work and see an increased by 15 percent (i.e. 15 percent of campers after the camp are inspired to become leaders or active members in an organization); gather first-hand accounts.

    • Encourage campers to help organize the next camp Len Duong.


Guest Speakers

    • Mr. Pham, Xuan Quang, Author, Entrepreneur, Former CEO of MyDrugRep.com, Former Marine Pilot.

      Mr. Pham Xuan Quang
      Quang X. Pham is the author of the forthcoming memoir, A SENSE OF DUTY: MY FATHER, MY AMERICAN JOURNEY (Ballantine Books; April 12, 2005.) At the age of ten, he came to the United States with his mother and sisters during the fall of Saigon. His father, a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot, was incarcerated for more than twelve years in communist reeducation camps.

      After graduating from UCLA and completing Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quang served as a helicopter pilot in Operation Desert Storm. A year later he deployed on the USS Tarawa with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Persian Gulf, and flew U.N. personnel into Somalia. After the Marines he was an Executive with QTC Medical Services and CEO of Lathian Systems, a pharmaceutical sales company he founded.

      Quang lives in Orange County, California, with his wife Shannon. He has given many speeches and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows for entrepreneurial excellence, post-9/11 interviews, and reflections on Vietnam. He volunteers his time on the boards of charitable organizations and has received a number of awards. He is also exploring opportunities for his next company and writing a book about the drug industry. Visit his web site at www.asenseofduty.com.

       

    • Resource Staffs:
      1 -
      LEAP (Leadership Training for Asian Pacifics) www.leap.org
      2 -
      Dr. Vu Pham, LEAP Research Fellow.
      3 - Dr. John C. Nguyen, Lighthouse Leadership Training.
      4 - Mr. Jeff Watkins, Executive Director of YMCA International Services.
      5 - Mr. Bao Nguyen, Founder of Vietnamese Culture and Science Association.
      6 - Mr. Nguyen, Duc Quang, Singer, Musician from California.


INVITATION

Dear fellow campers,

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association is proud to announce its 8th Annual Len Duong Camp. This is a unique opportunity for campers to meet community activists of their peers from different regions with similar interests such as volunteerism, the desire to learn and sharpen leadership skills and deep commitment to community work.

Camp Len Duong’05 is located on a very scenic camp site offered by Camp Young Judaea in the hill-country area of Wimberley, Texas about 45 minutes from Austin. Campers will be able to enjoy workshops and forums focused on leadership skills development, in addition to many exciting games, which accentuate the importance of team building and teamwork as well as the uniqueness of Vietnamese cultural heritage and history.

There will be a "powwow" bonfire on Saturday night for campers to share their thoughts on community involvement. On Sunday night, the always exciting and thought provoking team competitions will take place. This year, the program will be changed and improved a great deal and promised to be very challenging and interesting.

So plan to be there! Every day is packed with meaningful and enjoyable activities. Come and join Len Duong Camp’05 Don’t miss out this camp because it will definitely be a memorable experience that you will want to come back to, year after year.


LEN DUONG’05 LOGO DESIGN CONTEST

On the 8th anniversary

VCSA would like to announce the contest for the Design of the Logo of Youth Leadership Development Camp Len Duong’05 to be held from May 27th - 30th, 2005 at Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley, Texas.

Who can participate? Everyone who has an artistic skill in designing the logo is encouraged to participate.

When is the deadline: Submit the electronic copy with a hard copy to be sent to

Len Duong’05 Logo Contest
c/o VCSA
11554 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

NO LATER THAN April 22, 2005.

What is the prize? The winner will be awarded $100.00 plus free registration for Len Duong’05 camp (in the value of $100.00) and honorary mentioned in the Opening Ceremony of the Camp (if the winner chooses to attend the camp). The winning logo will be used as the official logo for Len Duong’05 camp.

All Len Duong returnees are encouraged to participate. The logo design will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Artistic value of the design.

2. Reflection of the “Youth, Teamwork, Enthusiasm, Volunteering” Spirit of the camp for the last 7 years (a torch figure or shape is preferred).

3. Simplicity so that it can be printed on T-shirt and promotional items without any technical difficulties.

!!!!!!PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR LOGO DESIGN BEFORE APRIL 22, 2005!!!!!!

Note: Please send the soft copy in picture format such as Corel Draw (.cdr) or Illustrator (.ai) or Window Metafile (.wmf) PhotoShop (.psd or .jpeg) to camp@vhkhvn.org

Winning logo from previous years: 

Click here to enlarge  Click here to enlarge  Logo 2002 Logo 2003Logo 2004


LEN DUONG’05 ESSAY CONTEST

VCSA is pleased to announce the Len Duong’05 Essay Contest with the following details:

The purpose of the contest is to encourage young community activists from across the country to share their ideals in volunteerism and to encourage them to attend Len Duong camp.

Who can participate? Everyone who is currently active in a community group and wants to attend Len Duong’05 Youth Leadership Camp is eligible to participate in the contest.

How? Write an essay of 500-1000 words in English or Vietnamese describing the reason why you want to get involved with volunteer activities and/or community services? What inspired you to get involved in the community and what is your aspiration. You might also want to mention the reason why you want to go to Len Duong camp. You might want to share your experiences from the past Len Duong camps and what impact have it given to you (for anyone who has gone to Len Duong camp before).

When? The deadline to submit the essay electronically will be April 29, 2005.

What is the prize? There will be three Prizes for the three best essays. Winners will receive FREE registration fee to Camp Len Duong’05 and a Plaque as the First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize Winner of Len Duong essay contest. The winners will be presented the Prize at Len Duong’05 camp.

Please send in your essay and include your full name (last name, first name), your email and your home address. You can also send an electronic copy of the essay to camp@vhkhvn.org or send the hard copy to the following address:

Camp Len Duong’05 essay contest
c/o VCSA
11554 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072


DIRECTION TO CAMP SITE

Camp Young Judaea
121 Camp Young Judaea Drive
Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-9564

From Austin

1. Take Mopac (Loop 1) South
2. Exit Hwy 290 West towards Johnson City & go 15 miles outside the city of Austin
3. Turn left at stop lights onto Ranch Road 12 (this is Dripping Springs, you will see Dairy Queen on right hand side before reaching Ranch Road 12 intersection) – continue on Ranch Road 12 for 12 miles
4. Turn right on Wood Creek Drive into Wood Creek Resort area (you will see tall flag poles at entrance to Wood Creek Resort)
5. Turn right at 3rd intersection on Brookhollow
6. Turn left at 3rd intersection on Jack Miller Drive and go straight
7. Drive straight into Camp Judaea entrance (you will see Camp Judaea sign on the tree at camp entrance)

From Dallas/Fort Worth

1. Take I-35 South towards Austin
2. When you reach Austin, exit Parmer Lane / Hwy 734 (Exit #245) and turn right & go 2 miles
3. Turn left at Loop 1 (Mopac) & go south 18 miles
4. Exit Hwy 290 West towards Johnson City & go 15 miles outside the city of Austin
5. Turn left at stop lights onto Ranch Road 12 (this is Dripping Springs, you will see Dairy Queen on right hand side before reaching Ranch Road 12 intersection) – continue on Ranch Road 12 for 12 miles
6. Turn right on Wood Creek Drive into Wood Creek Resort area (you will see tall flag poles at entrance to Wood Creek Resort)
7. Turn right at 3rd intersection on Brookhollow
8. Turn left at 3rd intersection on Jack Miller Drive and go straight
9. Drive straight into Camp Judaea entrance (you will see Camp Judaea sign on the tree at camp entrance)

From Houston

1. Take I-10 West (toward San Antonio) from Beltway 8 intersection, travel for 61.7 miles
2. Take Exit 71 West (Exit number 695).
3. Travel on 71 West for 85 miles (you will pass Austin Bergstrom International Airport ), take the left lane to go to 290 West.
4. Travel on 290 West for 20.9 miles, at the Dripping Springs traffic light (right after you see Dairy Queen on your right and Exxon&Mobil on your left), make the left turn to Ranch Road 12 (RR#12).
5. Travel on RR#12 for 12.2 miles, turn right into Woodcreek Drive (there are 3 big flags at the City of Woodcreek Gate).
6. At third intersection (there is a stop sign), turn right onto Brookhollow (O.7 mile)
7. Take the 3rd left onto Jack Miller Drive. This road ends at Doolittle Drive.
8. Enter Camp Young Judaea Gate.

From San Marcos

1. Follow Ranch Road 12 through downtown San Marcos.
2. About a 1/4 mile outside of downtown, turn right onto Moore Street; you will still remain on RR 12 and there is a sign pointing to Wimberley.
3. Continue on this road for about 10 miles and then turn right at the junction; once again there is a sign and you will remain on RR 12. This road takes you to Wimberley and through the Wimberley town square.
4. 2 miles past the Town Square, you will see the water tower on your left and just past that on the left there is the entrance to “The City of Woodcreek” with 3 big flags. 
5. Enter Woodcreek and go down Woodcreek Drive. At the 3rd intersection - at the stop sign - turn right onto Brookhollow.
6. Then take the 3rd left onto Jack Miller Drive.
7. This road ends at Doolitle Drive.
8. Enter the Camp Young Judaea gate.

If you get lost, please call the Camp office, 24 hours:
(512) 847-9564

or
the Organizing Committee
(512) 656-4817

To avoid the Memorial Day traffic jams, we highly recommend that you depart for camp at the earliest possible.


Airport pick up schedule

For out of town camper, please book your flight to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to arrive on Friday May 27th and send your flight schedule to the Len Duong camp transportation team at transportation@vhkhvn.org. The transportation team will contact you shortly regarding the pick-up time. We will pick up out-of-town campers/guests every three hours on Friday starting at 2:00pm, and we will let you know the pickup location

o Pickup time: 2:00pm, 5:00pm and 8:00pm Friday, May 27th, 2005

o Drop off time: 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 5:00pm Monday, May 30th, 2005

o Contact person: Hoang Lan Anh (512) 422-5073


THINGS TO PACK

    • Pillow, blanket, bed linens (or sleeping bag).
    • Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, towel, soap, shampoo, etc)
    • Casual clothes, summer clothing, slippers, hat, swimsuit, etc.
    • Miscellaneous items: flashlight, umbrella, mosquito spray, camera, address book, notebooks, pens, etc.
    • Please DO NOT bring weapons, jewelry, TV’s, radios, walkman, electronic video games.

CAMP FEE

    • $110.00/person (including T-Shirt, eleven meals during the three-day camp and air-conditioned lodging) if register on or before April 22, 2005.
    • After April 22 (on availability basis) $120.00 per person.
    • VCSA member or full-time student receives $10.00 off.
    • Refund policy: Camp fee will be refunded in full for cancellation received by May 7, 2005.
    • Please NOTE: the above cut off date is based on the post marked on the envelope.

HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

    • Complete one registration form per person.
    • Provide as much information about yourself as possible, especially the emergency contact number.  Your information is kept completely confidential and used for camp administrative purposes only.
    • Provide a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS.  We communicate with you about camp related matters only via email.  If you don't have an email address you can create one, free at http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.hotmail.com before you return here to register.
    • Incomplete information will delay the process of your registration.
    • If this is your first time to register for the 2005 Len Duong camp, click on "New User Sign Up Here" button.
      If you have attended Len Duong camp before, you need to register again this year.
    • Upon completing your registration form and after clicking SUBMIT button, you will receive ALMOST IMMEDIATELY an acknowledgement email that we are processing your request. If you don't receive the acknowledgement email in an hour, contact the registration team at registration@vhkhvn.org.
    • In a day or two you will receive a confirmation email which you will need to print out, sign and mail back (via US Postal Service) with  your check (or) money order, no cash please.
    • If you logon subsequently to update your information or check your payment status, then enter your CampID (or) Email Address and password.  Click on "Sign In" button.
    • Click here to begin the Online Registration.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

May 16, 2005

Fill out the Online Registration above and mail-in the payment (write down the Confirmation Number on your check upon receiving the confirmation number from the camp staff).  Check should be made payable to Vietnamese Culture and Science Association) and mail it as soon as possible after registered online to:

Vietnamese Culture and Science Association
c/o Len Duong Camp
11554 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072


Contact Persons

Not Available


Sponsors:

Benefactors
Patrons
Sponsors
Atom Electronics
Houston Foundation
Vietnamese American Scholarship Fund
Friend
Supporters
Triumph Coffee Inc.

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