Teen Self-Leadership & Pre-Teen Camp


JULY 16 - 23, 2023 
(3pm SUNDAY 7/16 to 3Pm Sunday 7/23)


this year's theme:

be beautiful, be yourself, create a better world!





Are you ready to challenge your Emotional Intelligence, aka "EQ"?

Take a fun EQ Test here, and join

BYA Signature Youth Camp 2023 to understand and improve your EQ score!

A week-long-overnight energetic camp for youth aged 13-18. The goal of BYA Teen Camp is to build mindful self-leadership skills to develop and strengthen emotional intelligence (EQ) through various activities including challenge courses, leadership workshops, problem-solving games, life-balancing choices, stress-coping skills, time management techniques, and pioneering in community compassion projects.

This specially designed signature camp focuses on preparing teens with the opportunity to explore their own emotions, understand the emotions of others, and develop healthy relationship skills.  This experience will help your children to become a stronger individual and build meaningful relationships with others on their long life journey.


Canoeing * Archery * Rock Climbing * Rope Courses * Fun Hiking * Cooking * Survival Games * Leadership Workshops * Communication Seminars * Multi-Cultural Activities * Music * Drama * Arts & Crafts * Painting * Stress Coping Skills * New Techniques of Relaxation * Time Management * Yoga * Integral Taichi * Meditation * Mindfulness



At the same time as Teen Camp is happening, additional sessions will be available for preteens and young teens aged 12, 13 and 14 to help them deal with their specific needs at this age emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

Tweens at the age of 12 may choose to register for Cool Kids Camp or to participate in this special Pre-teen Camp session depending on their interest, mentality, and/or physical maturity.  This is a very unique stage of youth development in which we recognize that they need specific attention and care.


"Mindfulness practice as a path of awareness, acceptance, and authenticity."

What we plan to deliver - what we hope you gain from this Teen Self-leadership Camp:

  • Learn how to "Self Care" and "Self Lead" properly and skillfully as to:

    • When to say YES and how to say NO to peer pressure

    • How to stay in control of your emotions instead of letting them control you

    • How to use mindfulness practice to develop EQ, improve our inner strength, and keep cool!

  • Learn how to care for others to create a better world as to:

    • Why/when EQ matters more than IQ in terms of life happiness

    • How to cope with stress in school, from family/friend interactions, and social expectation

    • How to develop self-confidence, empathy, motivation, effective social skills, and discover your uniqueness!

According to Dr. Marc Brackett at Yale Center for EQ, since "feelings are a form of information like our own news reports" from within, wouldn't be so wonderful to learn how to access that insider information so we can make the most informed decisions and nourish happiness!



General Camper Fee: $450 - includes cabin accommodation, food, t-shirt, prizes - all soft skill training and program activities are inclusive and offered as a free service from our volunteer staff, wellness professionals, and Dharma teachers.

Early-Bird Youth Camper Registration by May 31, 2023: $350

Returning Youth Camper Special: $375

Financial Assistance may also be provided to families in need: from $50 to $350 max per child (apply during registration by June 30, 2023)

Scholarships may be available for qualified individuals with outstanding academic performance and community engagement/contribution, also first-timer.  Click here for info.

We're working hard to find ways to raise money to cover the camp fees, so that as many families as possible can afford to send their children here. Our core staff, camp counselors, wellness professionals, and Dharma teachers are all volunteering their time and effort, so that we can provide this valuable resource at a reasonable price. We're hoping that through our hard work and generosity, we can help to nurture the children's emotional needs and help create a future generation of good individuals.

Homestay Option for Out-of-state Campers: if you need help with local transportation for your children to attend the camp, we do have a limited number of local BYA parents who offer to pick up your children at the airport, house overnight if needed, drop off at camp, and take them back to the airport at the end for a nominal fee. Please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further inquiry and arrangement.


Registration is available NOW!


 Once you have completed registration with the required deposits, you may use Zelle to send the remainder of your camp fees to us and save the additional processing fees.  Our Zelle email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.