CULTURE CAMPS & OTHER GREAT EVENTS
THE FOUNDATION FOR A GREAT IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

We think that you’ll find participation at camp or other cultural events is a great way to prepare for the time when your family travels with The Ties Program. Culture camp and similar programs provide a big piece of the foundation kids need to have successful in-country experiences. A few years ago when talking with Pam Sweetser of Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families,  she remarked, “The way I see it, culture camp brings the country to the families and The Ties Program brings the family to the country!” That pretty much sums it up!

AFRICAN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN

African/Caribbean Heritage Camp
June 26-29, 2014
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating our 16th year.  This year’s theme is “Living in America.”  African and African-​American culture is prevalent across the United States, from Little Ethiopia in Washington, DC, Little Haiti in Miami, Harlem in New York City to Treme in New Orleans and all that’s in Denver. We will explore African and African-​American identity, history, and traditions across the United States, learning how they shape our world, our families, and every person.  We invite you, your children (adopted as well as birth siblings are welcome), and your extended family to join us and share in an unforgettable camp experience

UMOJA Camp
October 17-19, 2014
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, WI
www.umojabhe.com
We are a camp for the entire family that offers both educational and cultural sessions. Each evening is a celebration of the black culture by dancers/drummers/art. Throughout Saturday there are numerous sessions broke up into age groups. Programming starts at age 3 and goes through adult. Babysitting is provided for children 2 and under.

BULGARIA

Annual Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion
June 20-22, 2014
Winton Woods Park
Cincinnati, OH
www.bulgarianadopteesreunion.blogspot.com
Our reunions celebrate the adoptive family as a whole, not only Bulgarian children, and an invitation is extended to families considering adoption from Bulgaria, waiting to bring children home, and families whose children are already home.  Our intent is to foster connections and unity between all attendees.  Join us to gather, share experiences, and create a network of support.

CAMBODIA

Cambodian Heritage Camp
July 17-20, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating our 12h year!  The 2014 theme is “New Year”.  Cambodian Heritage Camp 2014 promises excitement, challenges, surprises, and all-​out fun as we celebrate Khmer New Year!  Our three days of programming will follow the traditional three days of Khmer New Year celebrations. This “New Year” theme is apropos ~ 2014 is going to be an important year for Cambodian Heritage Camp as we continue to strengthen our foundational relationships, build our community by welcoming new families and together, anticipate a new future with new experiences, new adventures, new opportunities and new purpose!  We are planning to bring in some of the HOTTEST Cambodian music, films, graphic artists, and food! We will mix it up with fresh and exciting market items, mountain hikes, and our fabulous Saturday night party.

CHINA

Chinese Heritage Camp II
July 17-20, 2014
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating it’s 11th year, our camp this year will feature the theme “Taste of China”. Through workshops and activities we will explore the wonderful tastes China has to offer. From spicey Sichuan to the vinegar of Shanxi we’ll enjoy the many flavors China has to offer.  Programming for children will include age appropriate cultural activities, taught by Chinese Americans who enthusiastically share their expertise with adoptive families, and of course our wonderful counselors many of whom have been at camp all 10 years.

Chinese Heritage Camp
August 29- September 1, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Our theme for 2014 Chinese Heritage camp is “Current Trends, Cultural Roots“.  Campers will explore modern trends in everyday China as well as those traditions that have endured and shaped the Chinese culture of today.

Camp Friendship China
July 21-25, 2014
Stirling, NJ
www.campfriendshipnj.org
Camp Friendship China is a one-week day camp for Chinese-born adoptees and their siblings entering grades kindergarten through eighth. The campers learn about the Chinese culture through music, cooking, dance, art and language.

Chinese Culture Weekend for Families
2014 Dates TBA
Common Ground Center
Starksboro, VT
www.cgcvt.org/content/chinese-culture-weekend
An inter-generational family camp celebrating Chinese Culture since 2006, we welcome people of all ages, ethnicity, lifestyles and abilities. Extended families (grandparents, relatives, and friends) are welcome too. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. While some activities are aimed specifically at preschoolers and some are aimed at adults most of the fun is multi-age. Activities might include juggling, ribbon dancing, Chinese cooking, campfires, Mah Jongg, Chinese knot tying, wading in the creek, tai chi sword, Chinese singing, hiking and much, much more. Healthy, plentiful, vegetarian food will be served.

Camp China
July 25-28, 2014
Black Mountain, NC
www.ourcampchina.com
A weekend summer heritage camp designed for the whole family.  Camp China is held annually in western North Carolina at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.  Please visit our website for additional information and to register.

INDIA

Camp Masala
Indian Culture Camp
June 13-15, 2014
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN
www.campmasala.org
Camp Masala is a weekend camp for children of Indian heritage and their families. Our goal at Camp Masala is to facilitate our children’s education about Indian culture within a fun environment. Your child will be surrounded by other children who look like them and other families who are built like yours. Camp Masala is held at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. We look forward to meeting your family this summer! Each year we celebrate a different region of India.

Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp
July 10-13, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Come join the fun as we celebrate “Festivals of India and Nepal” at camp this year.  Come join us as we discover the world of festivals that surround the traditions of these two beautiful countries. Without giving too much away, we promise that your days at camp will be colorful and illuminated with a festive atmosphere. You will learn, play, explore and taste the marvelous cultures that bind our communities. We can’t wait to see you!

Midwest I-child Heritage Camp
July 31-August 3, 2014
Green Lake , WI
www.mwihc.org
Midwest I-child hosts an annual summer camp in Green Lake, Wisconsin each year for families that have adopted from India and other countries who have an interest in exposing their kids to their birth country’s culture and meeting and socializing with other families that have adopted or are in the adoption process. Visit their website for more information for regarding their camp, and other events. 

KOREA

Korean Heritage Camp
June 12-15, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
With our 2014 theme, “News Flash…Korea Today.” KHC will again be the incredible cultural experience that has kept us going for over 20 years. This year we will be focusing on Korean newsmakers and events that are happening today in Korea and in Korean-​American communities across the U.S. Imagine learning about all the latest and greatest updates on Korean culture – the arts, sciences, music, food and more!

Camp Choson
June 29-July 4, 2014
Camp Lakamaga
St. Croix, MN
www.campchoson.org
Camp Choson is a Korean culture camp designed for Korean-American children, youth and their families.  Camp was originally started for Korean adoptees, but has grown to include Korean-Americans from all family backgrounds.  Camp Choson is held annually, typically over the Fourth of July week.  Resident Camp (grades 7-11) is six days, while Day Camp (K-6) is five days.  Our current venue is Camp Lakamaga, a Girl Scout Camp near Forest Lake, Minnesota.  More details about camp and the activities included in camp can be found at their website.

Kamp Kimchee
Korean Culture Camp

July 7-11, 2014
Baxter/Brainerd, MN
www.kampkimchee.org
Kamp Kimchee is a Korean culture camp for Korean adoptees and their families. Classes are offered for 4-year olds through 12th grade. Classes offered include: Korean social studies/culture, Hangul (Korean Vocabulary), Korean Music, dance, Tae Kwon Do, artistic expression and self esteem.

Camp Friendship Korea
July 14-18, 2014
Stirling, NJ
www.campfriendshipnj.org
Camp Friendship Korea is a one-week day camp for Korean-born adoptees and their siblings entering grades kindergarten through eighth. This year camp is held at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ. The campers learn about the Korean culture through music, cooking, dance, art, Tae Kwon Do, drumming and language.

K.A.M.P. (Korean Adoption Means Pride)
July 29-August 2, 2014
Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center
Johnston, IA
www.iiakampretreat.com
By and large, we serve families with Korean children – however, we also have families with children from Guatemala, Russia, Vietnam, Haiti, China and India. Families that have been blessed with children from other countries and biological siblings are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Our KAMP is a family-style camp where families can choose from campsites, cabins, or to stay off-site in nearby motels or hotels. Our program is designed with a focus on Korean culture through the first 3 days  and then connect with other cultures on our International Retreat weekend.

Korean Culture Camp of Michigan (KCCM)
June 23-26, 2014
East Lansing, MI
www.koreanculturecamp.org
Korean Culture Camp of Eastern Michigan is celebrating its 23rd year! We offer a variety of activities to teach Korean culture including language, music, art, dance, drumming, TaeKwonDo, and more. Anyone with an interest in Korean culture is welcome to join us! Volunteers are needed, too. For more information, please visit our website above.

Camp Moo Gung Hwa
Raleigh, NC

“Children’s Day Celebration”
May 3, 2014
www.koreanculturecamp.net
Come dress-up in Korean hanboks and enjoy Korean culture and food.

“Day Camp”
July 16-19, 2014
www.koreanculturecamp.net
Camp Moo Gung Hwa is a day camp designed to enhance adopted Korean-American children’s knowledge of Korean culture and to promote their self-esteem. Classes and activities, taught by members of the Korean community and adult adoptees include history, language, literature, dance, Tae Kwon Do, music, cooking and arts and crafts. Introducing the children to their native culture helps them build a sense of identity and encourages healthy self-esteem.

Camp MuJiGae
Korea Culture Camp
June 29-July 2, 2014
Albany, NY
www.mymujigae.org
In 1986 some brave parents began planning the first Camp MuJiGae as a way to bridge culture with their children’s birth country. Since then our camp has grown considerably. We now offer a 3 night 4 day program for our campers entering the 6th grade through 18 years old, two half-day programs for campers kindergarten through fifth grade, and a 1/2 day program for campers infant through five years of age. We also celebrate a Family Day which includes cultural festivities, entertainment, Korean food, and socializing for the entire family.  Visit us at our website above.

Korean Culture Camp – NE Ohio
July 21-26, 2014
Avon, Ohio
www.fsaohio.org
Five-day, four night camp open to children ages 7 (who have completed first grade) through 17 years. Its purpose is to develop a positive self-image among Korean-American children. Through participation in games, crafts, and music, and exposure to the foods, language, and history of Korea, campers will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their cultural heritage. There will be plenty of regular camp activities such as hiking, sports, and a Saturday night campfire. An adult staff of at least 14 is planned: approximately 9 Korean-American counselors and 5 Adoptive Families Support Association parents. All campers sleep in dormitories with adult supervision, and all meals are provided.

Camp Sejong
August 10-16, 2014
Hardwick, NJ
www.sejongusa.org/campnew.html
At Camp Sejong, questions are answered, a feeling for a Korean adoptee’s place in the world is enhanced, and an appreciation for Korean culture is developed, all in a safe and nurturing environment. Campers will learn drumming, cooking, art, writing, culture, Tae Kwon Do, as well as enjoy outside activities such as swimming, boating, zip line, wall climbing and more.  This sleep-away camp is for ages 6-15.

LATIN AMERICA

Mi Pueblo
June 16-20, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
www.CONCERNFORCHILDREN.org
Mi Pueblo is a Latin American Culture Camp for children adopted in Latin America and their siblings, sponsored by Concern for Children Inc., a nonprofit adoption support group. Mi Pueblo means “my village” or “my people” in Spanish. The camp is a one-week day camp that provides children who have been adopted from Latin American countries a fun and educational opportunity to learn about the culture of their birth counties, to develop pride in their birth heritage, to develop skills for dealing with the unique circumstances of living in a multi-cultural family, to identify with positive Latin American role models, and to associate with other adopted children of similar heritage.

La Semana
July 28-August 1, 2014
Lakeville, MN
www.lasemana.org
La Semana offers a week long culture day camp for children in grades K-7 plus high school ‘ayudantes’. La Semana means ‘the week’ in Spanish and we make it an extraordinary one for hundreds of children adopted from Latin American countries. La Semana is held annually in July/August in Minnesota and attracts adopted children from across the U.S. and even internationally. We celebrate adopted Latino children and teens from several countries, and we complete La Semana with a big Fiesta on Friday night.  Come join us!

Latin American Heritage Camp
June 19-22, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Latin American Heritage Camp in Colorado is one of the few camps of its kind in the country, designed specifically for families with children adopted from Central and South America, as well as those of Latino heritage adopted within the United States. The theme this year is “Nuestra Gente or Our People.” We plan to incorporate the customs and history of the ancient peoples of Central and Latin America into four days with the people of Latin American Heritage Camp. Camp will incorporate the customs, history and imagery of the ancient peoples of Mexico, Central and South America as well as contemporary art and customs of these great cultures throughout the four days of classes, workshops and celebrations.

Moguate Family Retreat
July 31-August 3, 2014
Osage Beach, MO
www.moguate.com/registration.html
We are a group of families who have been blessed with children from Guatemala. Each year, we will meet at the Tan-tar-a Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks for a fun-filled weekend together.​ Our goal is to provide a FUN weekend for families in the Summer and offer a community of support the other 50 weeks of the year!

PHILIPPINES

Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands Heritage Camp
July 31-August 3, 2014
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
This year’s camp theme is “Family, Friends & Food:  The Island Way”.  We plan to have a grand time, exploring the culture of the Philippines and the Pacific Islands, including Asian–​American culture today, especially with our friends in the Filipino and Pacific Island community. We will also highlight the birth cultures of our campers from other Pacific Island countries. Our incredible Filipino community volunteers will return with us to cook delicious food, entertain, teach, and interact as counselors and adult role models with our kids.

ROMANIA, RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPEAN, CENTRAL ASIA

FRUA Inc – Washington State 2014 Heritage Camp 
July 31-August 3, 2014
Grayland Beach State Park, Grayland, WA
www.orgsites.com/wa/frua-inc
Would you and your family like to learn more about culture from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia? If so, and you have a child adopted from a former Soviet-bloc country, the Heritage Camp Weekend is the place for you. Families will get a chance to relax, make friends, participate in camp activities and lean more about Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia countries and their cultures. Camp will include cultural aspects from every FRUA INC country from which we have children in attendance. Come join us!

Celebrate Romania Retreat/Reunion
June 6-8, 2014
Lake Geneva, WI
www.celebrateromania.com
We come together to: foster self esteem, foster positive relationships between children, adults & families, provide an opportunity to discuss adoption issues, build positive feelings about each family’s international heritage, and establish an appreciation of Romanian culture.

Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian (REECA)
Heritage Camp

July 24-27, 2014
Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
REECA is a culturally and educationally rich heritage camp for all members of the family to enjoy. Every year participants eat food from the region, learn traditional folk dances, and learn to speak common Russian phrases. Different parts of the vast REECA region are highlighted each year and workshops are offered for each age level, children, teens, and parents- based upon each group’s needs and interests. This year REECA will connect our children with their birth countries with our camp theme “The Olympics,” which of course is apropros with this winter’s game sin Sochi, Russia! Children, teens, and parents will enjoy discovering Olympic sports and athletes from over a dozen REECA countries all in one weekend. Have you heard the inspirational stories of the Olympic athletes? Do you know what the top Olympic sports are for the REECA countries and what it’s like to actually try them? What do the athletes eat? What music is played when they stand at the top of the Olympic pedestal? Who are some REECA adoptees who went on to become Olympic athletes? Come to camp and have fun experiencing the Olympics from the REECA perspective.

Adoptive Families Ukrainian Heritage Weekend
July 18-20, 2014
Kerhonkson. New York
www.soyuzivka.com/Camps.html
Ukrainian Heritage Weekend for Families with children from Ukraine.  Come and learn about Ukrainian Traditions, while relaxing at our beautiful facility.  Workshops offered in making Ukrainian Easter Egg, ceramics, beading, embroidery and dance.  Interact with personnel from the Consulate while meeting old friends and making new ones. For reservations contact Soyuzivka at 845-626-5641.  Visit our website at www.soyuzivka.com

Ukraine Heritage Day Camp
Session 1:  July 13-18, 2014
Session 2:  July 20-25, 2014
Kerhonkson, New York
www.soyuzivka.com/Camps.html
Children will be exposed to Ukraine heritage through daily activities such as song, dance, crafts and games.  They will leave with an expanded knowledge of Ukrainian folk culture and language, as well as new, lasting friends.

VIETNAM

Vietnamese Heritage Camp
July 31-August 3, 2014
Estes Park, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
The theme for the 2014 Vietnamese Heritage Camp will be “We Are Family”.  This summer, we will take a look at the Traditional Vietnamese family, Vietnamese Holidays, Education, Language, Myth & Legends and so much more. Welcome to our family. We look forward to seeing you in Estes Park this summer!

Catalyst Foundation-Vietnam Culture Camp
www.catalystfoundation.org
Catalyst Foundation’s Vietnam Culture Camp has two purposes: to enhance self-esteem for children adopted from Vietnam and to establish an appreciation of Vietnamese heritage and culture through interactive experiences. Since 2000, over 500 different families from all across the country (and Canada, Ireland, and England) have join us at Culture Camp. We hope you can join in on the fun!

July 10-13, 2014 – Northfield, MN
at St. Olaf College (www.stolaf.edu)
located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Register today at: www.catalystfoundation.org/campdetails

July 17-20, 2014 – Hancock, MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort (www.jiminypeak.com)
Register today at: www.catalystfoundation.org/campdetails

MULTICULTURAL

Families for International Children (FFIC)
Heritage Camp

June 17-20, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI
www.fficgr.org
We are a day camp for children from preschool age to teens. Sessions include the language, arts, customs, clothing, games, and foods of campers’ birth countries. This year, sub-camps are available for Eastern European, Chinese, Latin American, Korean and Multi-cultural groups. Nearly 150 volunteers make this camp possible for 300 children each year.

Forever Families Weekend
for Jewish Families Touched by Adoption

June 6-8, 2014
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah
Milford, PA
http://njycamps.org/families/html/forever_families.html
Join other Jewish families touched by adoption for a weekend of community-building, recreation, education, and fun! Whether your family was formed in part or in whole through domestic or international adoption, Forever Families weekend will bring you together with other families like yours to share experiences, learn from experts and each other, and enjoy each other’s company.

Pact Family Camp
July 3-8, 2014
Granlibakken Conference Center
Tahoe City, CA
www.pactadopt.org/events/event_detail.asp?event=138
Pact Family Camp brings together families with adopted children of color to share their experiences, learn from experts and each other, and enjoy each other’s company. Many families have told us that their time at Camp had a profound effect, offering them a community they couldn’t find anyplace else. We are excited to be joined by adult adoptees of color who are renowned adoption professionals, researchers and authors. Parents will hear from speakers and have conversations about parenting, adoption and race that will help them be the best that they can be for their children. Kids will find other kids who are like them in very significant ways. For many kids, Pact Family Camp is one place where they really feel they belong. From the youngest children to older youth, each group will have many opportunities for sharing, making meaningful connections and having fun.

Kaleidoscope Culture Camp (CAFFA)
July 21-25, 2014
Roselle, Illinois (near Chicago)
www.CAFFA.org/culturecamps.html
KALEIDOSCOPE Culture Camp is for children that joined their families through adoption or foster care, their siblings, & their parents. This exciting camp is for children entering Kindergarten through 10th grade. The camp programs offered are: African/African American, Chinese, Eastern European, and Latin American. Campers spend their time learning about the history, customs, cuisine, and language of their birth countries through various activities including, crafts, songs, presentations and games.. Come join in the fun!

Adoptive Family Weekend
May 24-26, 2014
YMCA Camp Matawa
Campbellsport, WI
http://sites.google.com/site/adoptivefamilyweekend/
YMCA Camp Matawa in Wisconsin invites ALL adoptive families for an informative, fun-filled Memorial Day weekend!  Hear from our guest speakers; participate in our adoption panel and discussion groups.  Your family cam compete in the Family Olympics, try your hand at archery, boating, the alpine tower, and our climbing wall.  Get cozy around a campfire and spent time bonding with other families like yours.

Intercultural Retreat / K.A.M.P.
July 29- August 2, 2014
The Stoney Creek Inn
Johnston, IA
www.iiakampretreat.com
We have families with children from Guatemala, Russia, Vietnam, Haiti, China and India. Families that have been blessed with children from other countries and biological siblings are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Our Intercultural Retreat is a family-style camp which is housed on the grounds of a bible camp along the Cedar River. Families can choose from campsites, cabins, or to stay off-site in nearby motels or hotels. Our program is designed with a focus on Korean culture through the first 3 days  – and then connect with other cultures on this International Retreat weekend.

Camp Kupugani-Multicultural Camps
Leaf River, IL
www.CampKupugani.com
About 90 minutes west of Chicago, Camp Kupugani, in separate girls-only and boys-only sessions, provides a multicultural sleep-away camp that focuses on diversity and communication skills in a fun atmosphere, united children of varied backgrounds and providing them with empowerment and community-building skills, so that children aged 7 to 15 expand comfort zones and build character.  Campers learn to celebrate and appreciate their identity while doing the same for others.

WACAP 35th Annual Family Camp
August 6-10, 2014
Sun Lakes Park Resort
Near Coulee City, Washington
www.wacapfamilycamp.com
WACAP Family Camp offers five days of fun, activity and relaxation with other WACAP families.

Domestic Adoption Camp
July 24-17, 2014
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating it’s 4rd year in the Denver area.  EVERY adopted child comes with a heritage, a background, and an identity that is not the exact same as their adoptive parents. In the years we have been providing Heritage Camps, we have found this difference to be a true gift for families, and one that should be celebrated and explored together. Without question, this camp has revealed how important recognizing and finding ways to talk about and celebrate adoption is vital for adoptive families. As one parent put it, “The impact this camp had on my son was watching him interact with the other kids as if they’d always been best friends, and to see him getting more comfortable with what it means to be adopted.”