Thursday, May 24, 2018

May Camp Reflection & June SIGNUP!

Our first 5th and 6th-grade summer just took place last week at the Moobongsan Camp in northeastern Pyeongtaek. It was a smashing success. We started working with the Pyeongtaek Youth Center last year to make these camps a reality and they have done smashingly. In 2017 we did two camps: one grade school and one middle school. This year we are doing four camps: two 5th and 6th grade and two middle school camps. All of them are overnight camps a Moobangsan camp facility and then a day near or on Ca

The first camp kept the kids running from morning to night. We don't know if we have ever seen kids run so much. The campers are provided with both structured and unstructured play time with activities ranged from tag games to Nurf archery wars to pony rides. Eight counselors supported 34 young Korean and American campers in their quest for adventure and new friends. It was delightful.

We even had lunch at Sam's Attractive Coffee in Paengseong and had BBQ catered by JP BBQ. It was quite the event.

Check out the video below to for a quick peek into what the camp was like:

We have another 5th & 6th Grade camp coming in June! You can get signed up here:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Goodbye to an SOS ROK Star: Sara

A year ago when Sig Flips the Table convinced me that SOS needed to grow and take on volunteers, Sara immediately came forward and stepped up to handle the tedious task of organizing a Pyeongtaek calendar. Honestly, you have no idea how complicated this is. Most information we find has no location, sometimes to clear times, and other times it's simply wrong - plus most of it needs translated from Korean. The amount of effort it takes to find, clarify, simplify, and notify is shocking. Yet Sara never gave up. She kept working with me to find solutions, build better graphics, and create consistency. It's been a challenge but it's coming together and more information is getting to more people accurately and on-time. You can thank Sara for that.

In addition to helping with the calendar, Sara has worked to support South of Seoul, the community, and myself in ways that aren't even quantifiable. She has been a sounding board, a cheerleader, a resource, and a confidant. Most importantly, she has been consistent and reliable through the stress and struggle of starting something as complicated as South of Seoul. Her joyful, positive spirit has helped motivate all of us to solve problems when might not have tackled alone.

We wish her every success as she moves on to her next adventure. We know that she will bring joy and light to where she lands next. Big hugs and best wishes to a true SOS ROK Star.