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 11-14, 2015
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating our 17th year.  This year’s theme is “I Have a Dream”. We acknowledge that each one of our families is a part of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, and we share in the heartbreak of the events of the last year that have impacted both black and white communities across America. At the same time, we embrace the vision of a society where our children are only judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We celebrate that our families started with a dream and encourage our children to have their own dreams of who they can be. As we laugh and play and learn about all the cultures that make up our camp, we will also know that we are empowered to make this country the society we all dream of having.  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 16-18, 2015
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 26-28, 2015
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 16-19, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating our 13h year!  Our theme for CamHC 2015 is Khmerican #khmerpride. Khmerican #khmerpride will integrate the delights and challenges of being Cambodian-​born and American-​raised. It will include the nature of identity as each person perceives it and will also acknowledge the reality of how others perceive this dual-​identity.

CHINA

Chinese Heritage Camp II
July 30-August 2, 2015
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
This year’s camp theme is “CommUnity”. We’ll explore where our children fit into their neighborhood, their school, their camp, and their birth country. For over ten years, families from around the country have gathered to share their stories and experiences as adoptive families. Come connect with old friends, make new connections, and celebrate the uniqueness of all our families. Our small, urban camp is a family camp with programs and workshops for both parents and children.

Chinese Heritage Camp
September 4-7, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Our theme for the 2015 Chinese Heritage Camp is “Ewe and the Arts.”  In the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Sheep. People born in the year of the Sheep are tender, polite, clever, and kind-​hearted. They have a special sensitivity to art and beauty. At China camp we will be celebrating both the Year of the Sheep and the arts in China.

Camp Friendship China
July 20-24, 2015
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.

Camp China
July 24-27, 2015
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.

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopian Heritage Camp
July 24-26, 2015
Wesley Woods Conference Center
Williams Bay, WI
Website…TBA
This Ethiopian Heritage Camp, held every July in Williams Bay, WI, is a really fun summer weekend and a great time to connect with other adoptive families

GUATEMALA

Campamento de Cultura Guatemalteca
June 15-19, 2015
Central Presbyterian Church
Austin, TX
Facebook:  Guatemalan-Culture-Camp
Presented by Texamalans and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.  Questions….Contact Kathi Thomas at Texamalan@gmail.com

INDIA

Camp Masala-South Asian Heritage Camp
Indian Culture Camp
June 19-21, 2015
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 9-12, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
We are pleased to announce this year’s theme, A WILD ADVENTURE THROUGH INDIA AND NEPAL, featuring wildlife of India and Nepal. Learn about some of the majestic creatures that inhabit these lands and keep your eyes peeled for possible yeti sightings! The Denver Zoo will be collaborating with us on some of our programming. Campers will learn about animals, habitats and adaptation while connecting to their heritage.  Come enjoy four days packed of activities, cultural exchanges, and togetherness. Be the experience!

Midwest I-child Heritage Camp
July 9-12, 2015
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 18-21, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
With our 2015 theme, “Rooted in Tradition”, KHC will again be the incredible cultural experience that we’ve enjoyed for so many years. Learn about Korean traditions dating back several centuries – customs, tables manners, dining etiquette, business protocols, holiday and birthday traditions to name a few. You may be able to incorporate these into your modern day routine!

Camp Choson
July 5-10, 2015
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. 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

2015 Dates TBA
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 13-17, 2015
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 10-12, 2015
Hidden Acres Retreat Facility
Dayton, 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.

Korean Culture Camp of Michigan (KCCM)
June 22-25, 2015
East Lansing, MI
www.koreanculturecamp.org
Korean Culture Camp of Eastern Michigan is celebrating its 24th 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 2, 2015
www.koreanculturecamp.net
Come dress-up in Korean hanboks and enjoy Korean culture and food.

“Day Camp”
July 15-18, 2015
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 28-July 1, 2015  (Tentative)
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 21-25, 2015
Avon, Ohio
www.afsaohio.org/korea-culture-camp
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 9-15, 2015
Hardwick, NJ
www.sejongusa.org/2015-sejongcamp
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 22-26, 2015
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 27-31, 2015
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 25-28, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
We are in the exciting planning stages of LAHC2015 with the theme Making our Mark. Make plans to join us as we celebrate Latinos making their mark in the world and pursue how each of us is making our unique contribution to our families, communities and beyond. During camp we will explore, share insights and come together to create. We will revel in what it means to be Latin, adopted, inspired, grounded….what it means to be…us. Throughout the four days of classes, workshops and gatherings we will explore and celebrate how each of us matter and how each of us are Making our Mark.

Moguate Family Retreat
July 30-August 2, 2015
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 16-19, 2015
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
This year’s camp theme is “Island Culture: Ancestry and Tradition”. Our keynote speaker will be Lane Wilcken, author and educator. He plans to lead us in exploring the ways that common ancestry of the island peoples have found expression in similar traditions, practices and myths.

ROMANIA, RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPEAN, CENTRAL ASIA

FRUA Inc – Washington State 2014 Heritage Camp 
August 6-9, 2015
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!

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

July 23-26, 2015
Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Our acronym is a mouthful – REECA HC, but our campers come from a variety of countries; Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Poland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and more.REECA   Heritage Camp Theme 2015: REECA’s Got Talent!  REECA campers have endless talent and this year we are going to experience all the talent that our campers and people from the REECA part of the world has. Campers will connect with their birth countries by learning about all the talent their country has to offer. We will dance, we will sing, we will play games and do art projects but most of all we will find the similarities in all of us and make new friends.

Ukraine Heritage Day Camp
Session 1:  July 12-17, 2015
Session 2:  July 19-24, 2015
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.

THAILAND

Thai Heritage Camp
August 7-9, 2015
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Workshops specifically designed for children to explore their culture identity, promote empowerment, enhance self-​esteem, and share their experiences. Workshops and break-​out sessions for parents to connect, learn, and share our own experiences with other families like ours.

VIETNAM

Vietnamese Heritage Camp
July 23-26, 2015
Estes Park, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
This year we invite you to the mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado to enjoy “A Taste of Vietnam”. You will be able to sample some typical foods enjoyed in Vietnam and learn about the culture and people of today’s Vietnam. You will meet people from the Vietnamese community and the adopted Vietnamese community as well as other families that are just like your family. During our four days, we will explore making traditional Vietnamese food, cultural differences as compared to American culture and why you should not use online translators to learn Vietnamese. we hope that giving you A Taste of Vietnam will inspire you to learn about Vietnam on your own and with other adoptive families.

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 9-12, 2015 – 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 16-19, 2015 – 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 16-19, 2015
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 5-7, 2015
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 2-7, 2015
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 20-24, 2015
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
Labor Day Weekend 2015
YMCA Camp Minikana
Hubertus, WI
http://sites.google.com/site/adoptivefamilyweekend/
YMCA Camp Hubertus in Wisconsin invites ALL adoptive families for an informative, fun-filled Labor Day weekend!  Hear from our guest speakers; participate in our adoption panel and discussion groups.  Your family can 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.
2015 Dates TBA
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 38th Annual Family Camp
August 5-9, 2015
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 30-August 2, 2015
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating it’s 5th 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.”