About Us

About Us

The CFC version of 忠孝仁愛信義和平 (Good Citizenship), Handwritten by Grandpa Weichien Chow in 2003.

Who are we?

The Midwest Chinese Family Camp unites a multi-generational community of extended Chinese American families for a week of fun and recreation in a modern lakeside retreat setting. Family Camp is known to provide relief from the routines of everyday life. It provides the opportunity for families with similar backgrounds to meet each other. At camp, we recognize the significance of having inherited and adopted cultures. We socialize, share our Chinese American experiences, and celebrate our culture and heritage.  Since 1958, our annual gatherings have continued to create and sustain deep and lifelong friendships that are truly priceless.

What do we do?

Chinese Family Camp welcomes all families who would like to combine their interest in Chinese heritage and culture with the fun of a week-long summer camp.  We have had Chinese Family Camp every year since 1958. In 2020 and 2021, we held our entire camp online via Zoom and it was all free! In the Year of the Tiger in 2022, we returned to a LIVE, In Person, Honest to Goodness Camp at Cedar Lake.

And we’ll be going back to Cedar Lake in 2024!

Photo of the Cedar Lake sunrise taken by Allen Yang












As mentioned above, our camp has been running continually since the Eisenhower administration!  What keeps us going is the strong relationships we’ve built, a good dose of fun, and committed leaders and volunteers!

As in the past, one of the primary goals of Camp is to provide a safe and fun-filled environment where every child can build a healthy, strong and positive self-image in the company of other Chinese Americans. Deep friendships are built between all generations as families and individuals return year after year.

As we are a diverse group of campers, we celebrate the diversity of all Chinese-American families – some with Chinese immigrant grandparents, some with Chinese-American parents, some blended families, and several families with adopted Chinese children.

If this description of camp appeals to you, we welcome you!  We are convinced that by creating our camp together, we all have the power to make this ‘A Great Camp For Us All.‘  We invite you to become part of our large, happy extended family!

Key Contacts

President: Elysa Chao – president@chinesefamilycamp.org

Camp Director/Registrar: Lawrence Wang – campdirector@chinesefamilycamp.org

Secretary/Tech Master/Camper Emeritus: Allen Yang – allen@chinesefamilycamp.org

*For people new to Chinese Family Camp, please contact Camp Director Lawrence Wang for initial camp-related questions.

Animated GIF by Tracey Jen illustrating campers rowing their Dough Stick Kayaks at Soy Milk Lake

(No dough sticks or soy milk was harmed in the making of this animated GIF)


Chinese Family Camp, Inc. – more than you ever wanted to know