Lyncy was born in China during the 1960’s, a time of cultural revolution . Growing up, Lyncy was disillusioned with the turmoil she saw within her country and was always looking for something more. When she was older, she moved to America in pursuit of greater freedoms. She stayed in America for many years, but after giving birth to her son, she decided it was time to return home to China to raise him. When he was 6 years old, they moved back to China so he could attend elementary school there.
In 2011, after returning to China, Regan started playing soccer and became friends with an American boy on his team. Lyncy and Regan quickly became good friends with the American family. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and they invited Lyncy to their worship services. Since Lyncy and her son had American passports, they were able to attend the church and eventually they decided to become members of the LDS faith.
Lyncy’s LDS friends in China first introduced her to the Scouting program. Because of the organization of the Chinese government, there is currently no formal Scouting program in China. However, Lyncy’s LDS friends formed an American branch of Scouting and Lyncy’s son Regan became a Cub Scout. Lyncy and Regan loved the Scouting program. Lyncy felt like it helped her become a better mother and Regan was able to develop his character and leadership skills. In 2015, Lyncy and Regan decided to move back to America.
In America, Regan joined Troop 51 and Scouting became a staple in his and Lyncy’s life. As Regan excelled in school and Scouting, Lyncy kept in touch with other Chinese families over social media. Eventually, other families in China expressed interest in Lyncy and Regan’s life in America and Lyncy wanted to find a way to share her experiences with them.
With the help of a professor and students in the Marriott Business School at Brigham Young University, this summer Lyncy organized a summer camp that provided Chinese families a chance to visit America. Lyncy helped 4 families come visit America for a month. She first took them to the East coast to tour West Point and many college campuses. They then came here to Tifie Scout Camp to participate in the Family Odyssey program. After Scout Camp, they are headed to BYU to spend their final week in a family program there.
I had the opportunity to talk extensively to Lyncy and the families that are traveling with her. Lyncy has been an inspiration to me and I know that she is changing many people’s lives. Her focus on education and family relationships is opening many doors for her friends and family in China. Scouting has changed her life and now she is letting it have the same kind of influence on the people that she loves. Read more about Lyncy and her son’s story here: “An Unusual Introduction to Scouting”
Here are some of the things that Lyncy and her friends had to say about their experiences at Tifie Scout Camp:
What has been your favorite part of Camp?
“ Even though they came to the United States, they get to experience all sorts of activities that are fun, but there are more meaningful things behind that, like this. Now the parents are learning that the American Boy Scout is a program. You start with Cub Scouts first and then 11 years old start Boy Scouts and then you work on the Eagle. And if you have your Eagle then you are very good and it looks good on resumes in the future. They understand that now.”
How has Scouting changed Regan?
“He is becoming independent for sure. Especially after we moved to Utah…. I see how independent he is and he knows what he is doing. He’s been to Scout Camp three times since we moved here and I see that he knows how to pack and he knows what he needs. He has started wanting to help me more. Cub Scout is for having fun, but Boy Scout is for learning skills and he has really enjoyed that. He wants to reach his Eagle by the time he is 16 or 15. He’s working on that right now and he has a very clear goal of what he wants to do.”
What has been your favorite part about moving to America?
“Scouting and friends.”
What has been your favorite part of being a Scout?
“In Scouting getting ranks is challenging so I like it and it’s really fun.”
So you like a challenge?
What have you enjoyed most at Camp?
How have you seen teamwork this week?
“I like the flag ceremonies and the singing during lunch and dinner.”
What was your favorite part of Camp?
“Shooting the guns [and the] COPE course and zip-line.”
What has been your favorite part of America?
” The people. They are friendly.”
Where do you want to go to school in the future?
What is your favorite part of Camp?
“I like the part of the program that teaches kids [how to survive] and also [a work ethic] like how they pick up the garbage and clean the tables and work for the kitchen.”
What has been your favorite part of your trip?
“Going camping with the local kids. I usually take my kids camping in my hometown, but this is different. It’s more professional and the nice thing is it’s local… the culture is different. They sing songs and the feeling about the Boy Scout is totally different. It is cultured…. You can feel that when you guys sing the song for America and go to the flag, it’s from the heart and it’s very proud. There’s a lot of countries like that. I want my [son] to feel that too. Maybe in the future it would make him a better boy, a better man… I put pictures on my wechat, like a Chinese instagram, and a lot of my friends have been asking about it so when I get back home I will tell them to come here.”
Steven (American Mentor):
What role have you played in this program?
“I gave advice and helped find flights and with some planning, but mostly I helped with this part of the trip because of my Scouting experience… I also went to China… to meet the parents.”
Have you seen any changes in the kids?
“Definitely. Most of the changes have definitely happened at camp with Scouting… One of the boys even said that the first time he liked the US was when we got [to Camp].”
Bethany (American Mentor):
What have you learned as a mother?
“We don’t want them to feel like we’re right and they’re wrong, but we just want to introduce them to our ways because they are different and then let them choose if they like anything that we are teaching them and then they can take it home and implement it if they choose… I studied child development. In the future, I told Lyncy, that I can develop programs about cultural differences and have mini classes so they can have classes about the culture and how it’s different… She’s making dreams come true for a lot of Chinese kids.”
Author: Katie Morrell | Marketing Director, Tifie Scout Camp