Camp Dragon - U.S. Student Participant Registration

Note: Student registraiton and Host Family registration are two separate forms. After submitting the student form, submit the Host Family form if you wish to host a Chinese camper.

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Please note that applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis up to the first 30 students. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is accepted. Students who have completed 5th grade are eligible to participate.

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Lakes International Language Academy
246 11th Ave. S.E., Forest Lake, MN 55025

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Camp Dragon - Host Family Registration Form

Note: Host Family registration and Student registration are two separate forms. After submitting to host, complete the Student registration if your child wants to participate.

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Language Learning With New Friends

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At Camp Dragon, a day camp designed for American and Chinese students who have completed FIFTH GRADE and up, you’ll learn to speak each other’s language and gain an appreciation for each other’s culture. The program includes 12 days of friendship-building and memory-making activities and event.

Using a buddy system, visiting Chinese students provide small-group lessons and lead activities and projects for American students. Themed learning experiences for teens, led by teens, are usually scheduled for weekday mornings. Afternoons for all ages are set aside for field trips, sightseeing, and other adventures. The weekend offers unscheduled free-time, allowing Chinese guests to explore and practice language skills with their host families and new friends. Chinese students stay with host families from the Lakes International Language Academy community. Host families and U.S. students provide their own transportation to the camp each day (sorry, no bus service).

Location, Dates and Times

Camp Dragon - Mandarin by the Lake will be held at Lakes International Language Academy's Main Campus, 246 11th Ave. S.E., Forest Lake, MN.

Camp dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, August 4, 2017

Daily start time: Classes begin on weekdays at 8:30 a.m.
Daily end time: Students should be picked up on weekdays at approximately 4:30 p.m., depending on the activities.

Host Families, please note:

  • Chinese students arrive Sunday, July 23. LILA arranges pickup at the airport. Classes and the activity start on Monday.
  • At the conclusion of the Camp Dragon, host families bring their Chinese students to LILA on Saturday, August 5. LILA arranges transportation to the airport.

Camp Description

Most every weekday class starts with small group cultural lessons led by the visiting Chinese students for the U.S. students, followed by experiential hands on activities. Topics and activities include:

  • Life in my home town - Chinese Game “Drop the Handkerchief”
  • Chinese food - Make dumplings
  • Chinese dress - Chinese dress fashion show
  • Chinese home life - Draw Beijing Courtyard
  • Chinese writing (calligraphy) - Practice Calligraphy
  • Chinese opera and performing arts - Draw opera masks and perform
  • Chinese folk arts - Learn how to do Chinese paper cutting
  • Chinese martial arts - Learn how to do Taiji
  • Famous Chinese Places - Give postcards and farewell letter writing

Assisted by LILA teachers, staff, and volunteers, students will pair up (one Chinese and U.S. student) to choose a topic, and work on a group project which they will present on the last day.

Lunch is provided.

Daily afternoon field trips, subject to change, include:

  • MN Twins stadium tour
  • Taylors Falls river cruise
  • Community Volunteer Activity: Feed My Starving Children
  • Twin Cities downtown tour
  • Mill City Museum
  • Science Museum
  • University of Minnesota tour
  • Mall of America and Sea Life Aquarium

U.S. Student Fees

Check out the special Camp Dragon – Mandarin By The Lake pricing for U.S. students! (Chinese student fees arranged through CES.)

Two-Week Camp Dragon 2017 Fee

Includes morning Chinese language and culture learning, lunch, and afternoon tours and activities in English.

$350 U.S. student – Family not hosting Chinese students

$250 U.S. student – Family hosting 1 Chinese student

$200 U.S. student – Family hosting 2 or more Chinese students

Click Here For U.S Student Registration Form

Note: In addition to registering your student, we request that you submit a second registration form to serve as a Host Family (see below).

Lakes International Language Academy Host Family Registration

Host family registrations now accepted for 2017. Thank you for your interest!

Any family from the Lakes International Language Academy community can participate (no student participations are required from your family)! It’s a great way to experience hosting international guests. Host families are invited to join us for the Opening Ceremony, Monday, July 24, at 9:00 with coffee and rolls prior.

Host Family Discount Or Stipend And Expectations

We appreciate the generous welcome you are extending to our Chinese guests. With our gratitude, we have arranged either a lower registration fee or a stipend for host families:

  • Discounted Fee Option 1: If your family hosts two or more Chinese students, we will deduct $150 from the $350 camp registration fee for one child from your family.
  • Discounted Fee Option 2: If your family hosts one Chinese student, we will deduct $100 from the $350 camp registration fee for one child from your family.
  • Stipend: If your family hosts 2 Chinese students but does NOT send a child to camp, you are eligible to receive a $100 host stipend for the first 2 Chinese students you host and $75 for each additional Chinese student you host.

Camp Dragon expects our host families to provide:

  • A bed, sleeper-couch, air mattress, or cot for each Chinese guest. You do not need to provide a private bedroom.
  • Breakfast and dinner each day as well as meals on the weekend of July 29 and 30. Lunches will be provided.
  • Transportation to and from Lakes International Language Academy Main Campus each day. Drop off by 8:30 a.m. Afternoon pickup depends on the day’s activities; we will let you know the approximate times as soon as the final scheduling is completed in June.

 Click Here For Host Family Registration Form

Summer Camps

Stay active in brain and body this summer with a LILA summer camp!

Language and Culture Based Camps:

  • Camp del Sol and Camp Taiyang: Ease into next school year and brush up on language skills through fun and games! Scroll to the end of this page for details.
  • Camp Dragon: Open for students entering 5th grade and up, learn about Chinese culture from visiting Chinese youth, and share U.S. culture via field trips to many nearby attractions. This is a great way to try out hosting, too! Click here for more information.

Special Interest Camps:

  • Archery Camp: Archery Camp is open to LILA students in grades 4-12. Note: Only the 2nd Session from 6:30-8:00 p.m. is open for registration as of June 12. View the registration document for more information. No experience necessary!
  • Sports Camps: LILA is excited to partner with the YMCA of Forest Lake. View the PDF flyer here or visit the website. Offerings include Track & Field, Basketball, and Soccer over the summer, June 5-July 30; the YMCA will use the Headwaters Campus Fields.

Camp del Sol and Camp Taiyang

Join us for a fun way to ease into language immersion for new students or brush up on language skills for returning students. 

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Generally, all activities are conducted in Spanish or Chinese at an age-appropriate level. Incoming kindergarteners will have a daily language arts component as well as games, songs, crafts, and storytelling. Campers will also participate in some form of physical education each day. Returning students will follow themes for each day.

Parents must pack a lunch from home. You must also arrange for transportation; no bus service is available. 

Dates and Times

PLEASE NOTE: Camp is offered Monday through Thursday. There is no camp on Friday.

Incoming Spanish & Chinese Kindergarteners

Monday, July 10 - Thursday, July 13 • 9:00 - 2:00

Daily language arts activities, games, songs, crafts, storytelling, and physical education.  

Returning Spanish & Chinese Students

Monday, July 17 - Thursday, July 20 • 9:00 - 2:00

In addition to language practice through activities and physical education, returning students will follow a daily theme:

  • Monday – Artful Antics
  • Tuesday – Sensational Science
  • Wednesday – Wacky Water
  • Thursday – Amazing Race


Please complete a separate registration HERE for each child by June 23. MN 55025

Questions? Contact Jeff Wittrock by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Let's Hear These Dragons ROAR! 

Study hard. Play hard. "Balance" is one of the IB learner profiles, and we encourage LILA students to participate in team sports or club activities in addition to their studies. Upper School teams are listed below. Lower School and some of the clubs that are operated by non-LILA organizations may have different forms for each club or activity (for example, Ski Club has its own form).

For the latest schedule information, visit the Calendar page of the website under the Quick Links tab in the upper right corner.

Fall Sports

Registration is now open for all fall athletics. To participate, you will need to register on RSchool Today, make sure you have a current sports physical on file (they are good for three years), and pay the registration fee on FeePay. Registration extended to Monday, August 28. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with any questions or call 651-464-8989.

Here's the updated Athletics and Activities brochure with more information about practice times, cost, start date, etc.

Fall Athletics
For all sports except Clay Targets, practices will be Tuesday-Friday. Start dates will vary from August 22-29, depending on the sport.

For questions about Lower School activities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651-464-0771. For questions about Upper School activities and sports, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651-464-8989.

Important RSchool Today Registration Information

Do not click the “Pay Now” button. LILA uses FeePay for payments; if you click “Pay Now” on RSchool Today, it will ask for a credit card (which we cannot take) and it won’t let you finish your registration. It's also possible that you will get charged twice if you click the Pay Now button. Again, we aren't set up to receive payments through RSchool so all payments need to be completed through FeePay.

Click the “Pay Later” button and pay through FeePay. It will show that you owe money on your RSchool Today account, but don’t worry about that. We are currently working with RSchool Today to get the payment buttons removed. Thank you for your patience!

Items Needed To Participate In A Sport

  • RSchool Today registration
  • Payment on FeePay
  • No outstanding activity/athletics payments or equipment/uniforms not returned from previous seasons
  • A physical form uploaded onto RSchool Today (these are good for 3 years); physicals are required by the MN High School League
  • Any equipment/gear as requested by your coach

Check Activity Scheduler For Game Times & More

After you register on Activity Scheduler, you'll receive automatic notifications about activities, athletics, and clubs of your choosing. The info there will be updated regularly with practice times, games, competitions, etc.

• All practice and game cancellations and other announcements will be communicated via email and/or social media.
• Game schedules will be released when they are finalized.

Cancellation Notice: LILA strives to maintain low activity fees. We base the fees, in part, on anticipated registrations. Students will be required to pay for half of the student athletic fee, if they choose to quit after they have participated in any of the first week practices. If a student attends any practice after the first week, and then decides to quit, they will be responsible for the entire student athletic fee.

Upper School Activities Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651-464-8989.
Lower School Activities Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651-464-0771.

Lakes International Language Academy respects your family's privacy. In compliance with Minnesota law, we offer a Data Privacy Notice (called a Tennessen Notice) for your review when we request any information about your student or family. 

    • Where to Find Us

      Lower School - Main Campus
      246 11th Ave. S.E.
      Forest Lake, MN 55025
      Phone: 651-464-0771
    • Upper School - Headwaters Campus
      19850 Fenway Ave. N.
      Forest Lake, MN 55025
      Phone: 651-464-8989

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