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 9-12, 2016
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
African/Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) celebrates its 18th year in 2016 and remains one of the few camps of its kind in the country. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families developed ACHC for families who adopted:
• African American and bi-racial children
• African children (from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and other African nations)
• Haitian or other Caribbean children
ACHC 2016 goes “Soul Deep” as we have fun, explore our roots in Africa, the Caribbean and the US, connect with friends old and new, play with ways to express ourselves, and go beyond the surface to the issues and people that matter to us, that nourish our souls. As Langston Hughes wrote in 1921, “I’ve known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. /My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” Come ready to dive in together!

UMOJA Camp
October 14-16, 2016
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 24-26, 2016
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 14-17, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/cambodian.html
Cambodian Heritage Camp (CamHC) is the only camp in the U.S. specifically for Cambodian-born adoptees and their families. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. Now in its 15th year, CamHC takes place at Snow Mountain Ranch in Fraser, Colorado, over 4 days in mid-July. Families travel from across the U.S. and internationally to join each other for this “extended family” event. We are joined by our outstanding network of Cambodian-American volunteers from Colorado and both coasts who share their cultural heritage through their participation as camp counselors, workshop leaders and presenters.
This year we will celebrate the contributions of Cambodians and Cambodian Americans across the world. We will draw inspiration from Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage, including the visual arts (textiles, photography, videography/filmmaking, drawing, painting, street art), dance (classical, social, hip hop), literature (prose, poetry), music (classical, modern), and more.

CHINA

Chinese Heritage Camp II
June 23-26, 2016
Denver, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/chinese-ii.html
For 13 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, ages 3 to 17. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. This year’s camp theme is “Passport to China”. Our children will explore multiple provinces, enjoying the unique culture each one has to offer through craft, dance, food, and music. Parents will be offered educational and creative workshops to both understand our children’s birth country culture and understand the many challenges and rewards of being an adoptive parent

Chinese Heritage Camp
September 2-5, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/chinese.html
Chinese Heritage Camp was one of the first camps in the country exclusively created for families with children adopted from China. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. This will be the 20th year families from across the country meet in Colorado to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and share their adoption stories. This camp regularly fills up quickly with a waiting list, and the camp has grown along with Chinese adoptees, now boasting a large group of high school campers and our first wave of adopted Chinese counselors!
We are in the exciting planning stages for CHC2016! It will be our 20th year, which is a huge milestone!! Our 2016 theme is “Monkeying Around for 20 Years.” Yes it is the Year of the Monkey, which is a tradition for us to celebrate at camp, but we will also be commemorating 20 years of laughing and learning, eating and dancing, enjoying time with friends new and old. 20years of connecting our kids with the culture of their birth. 20 years of celebrating our adoptive families.

Camp Friendship China
July 25-29, 2016
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.

Our Camp China
July 29 – August 1, 2016
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 & Culture Camp
August 4-7, 2016
Harrisonburg, VA
www.heritageandculturecamp.org/ethiopian.php
This four day long camp will have lots of fun activities, while offering educational and self-improvement opportunities for everybody. Families are encouraged to take advantage of all the activities available, which are all age-appropriate and will appeal to parents, as well as youngsters. In addition to language and cultural awareness classes, we will also have seminars and conferences designed to help parents in raising children in a multicultural environment.

African/Caribbean Heritage Camp

June 9-12, 2016
Denver, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/african-carribbean.html
African/Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) celebrates its 18th year in 2016 and remains one of the few camps of its kind in the country. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families developed ACHC for families who adopted:
• African American and bi-racial children
• African children (from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and other African nations)
• Haitian or other Caribbean children
ACHC 2016 goes “Soul Deep” as we have fun, explore our roots in Africa, the Caribbean and the US, connect with friends old and new, play with ways to express ourselves, and go beyond the surface to the issues and people that matter to us, that nourish our souls. As Langston Hughes wrote in 1921, “I’ve known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. /My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” Come ready to dive in together!

GUATEMALA

Latin American Heritage Camp
June 23-26, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/latin-american.html
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 Hispanic heritage adopted within the United States. It is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization. Hispanic counselors serve as role models and mentors to the children as they participate with them in cultural classes while adult family members attend cultural and adoption related.
This year, our theme is Pasen a la Cocina, “Come into the Kitchen.” With this theme, we will focus on Latin food and the sense of community that is nurtured in the kitchen! We’ll explore simple things like preparing or sharing a meal, to the elaborate celebrations that build a family’s “heart” and embeds it in a larger context. Our already amazing cooking offerings will be expanded at every level, from our pre-schoolers to our parents and from the kitchen to the campfire. Our focus on building community will also be expanded to include more opportunities for gathering and sharing during camp. Our camp mealtimes will be enhanced with some welcoming perks, and a coffee table will be offered up for conversations during our busy camp day. Sessions will focus on ways to create or enhance meaningful family traditions.

INDIA

Camp Masala-South Asian Heritage Camp
Indian Culture Camp
June 17-19, 2016
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 7-10, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/indian-nepalese.html
For more than 20 years, families from across the country have gained a fuller appreciation of India and Nepal’s beautiful culture at Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp (INHC).. Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. Friendships are created, strengthened and renewed each year — friendships that endure across the miles. INHC, the second of eleven camps developed by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization, is a family camp with programming for each member of the family from ages 3 to adult. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. We are in the exciting planning stages for INHC 2016! Each year at INHC we delve deep into a theme that takes over every aspect of camp in amazing ways. Join us for EXPLORING THE MAGICAL CITIES OF INDIA AND NEPAL. Both countries have vibrant and beautiful cities, filled with street sounds, music, colors, street vendors, and glorious architecture and history. We hope you will join us as we immerse our senses in the life of Indian and Nepalese cities.

Midwest I-child Heritage Camp
August 4-7, 2016
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 16-19, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/korean.html
Korean Heritage Camp is the flagship heritage camp, and we are so excited to be commemorating 25 years in 2016!! . KHC, the first of eleven camps developed by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization, is a family camp with programming for each member of the family from ages 3 to adult. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Our theme this year is “25 years of Kinship and Kimchi.” One definition of kinship is “the state of having common characteristics or a common origin,” or more simply, “a family relationship.” Without question, that is what KHC has been about for 25 years, and what we plan to celebrate in a BIG way this year! This is not to mention our affinity for all things kimchi. Korean food has always been a huge part of KHC, and will certainly be a highlight this year!

Camp Choson
July 4-8, 2016   Day Camp
July 3-8, 2016   Resident Camp
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

July 11-15, 2016
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 18-22, 2016
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 8-10, 2016
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 20-23, 2016
East Lansing, MI
www.koreanculturecamp.org
Korean Culture Camp of Eastern Michigan is celebrating its 25th 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 7, 2016
www.koreanculturecamp.net
Come dress-up in Korean hanboks and enjoy Korean culture and food.

“Day Camp”
July 20-23, 2016
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 26-28, 2016
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.

Camp Sejong
August 21-27, 2016
Johnsonburg, NJ
www.sejongusa.org
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.

Camp Rice: Korean Culture Camp
July 28-30, 2016
Reisterstown, MD
www.AsiaFamilies.org/camp-rice/
ASIA Families sponsors a three-day family sleepover camp in July at Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center near Baltimore, MD. Camp Rice offers programs for children (ages 3-12), teenagers, and adults, as well as daycare for very young children.

Sae Jong Camp
August 7-13, 2016
Camp Westminster
Roscommon, MI
www.saejongcamp.com
Sae Jong Camp is an overnight summer camp focused on Korean-American culture and identity. It is a fun-filled week of education, summer activities and self-discovery. To learn more about Sae Jong Camp please visit our website.

Korean Culture Camp
July 18-23, 2016
Minnehaha Academy
Minneapolis, MN
www.kccmn.org
Come join us to celebrate our 40th year! Please check out our website for details.

Camp Moon Hwa
June 27 – July 1, 2016
Rochester, MN
www.campmoonhwa.com
Our culture camp is a chance for children to celebrate and share Korean heritage and culture, meet old and new friends, and have lots of fun. Most of the attendees are Korean adoptees or their siblings but anyone interested in Korea is welcome. Camp is held daily from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM. All children ages 5 and older are welcome.

Camp Pride Korea
July 25-29, 2016
Ithasca, IL
www.caffa.org/event/camp-pride-korea-2016
Camp Pride is a culture day camp for Korean adoptees and their siblings. Classes are offered for
children 4 years old through 12th grade.

Camp Chin-gu
2016 Dates TBA
Rochester, NY
www.campchingu.org
Camp Chin-gu is a Korean Cultural Camp dedicated to helping children adopted from Korea and their siblings explore their Korean heritage. Children of adopted Koreans, as well as the children of siblings of adopted Koreans, are also eligible to attend camp. Camp is open to children age three and up through age 13.

LATIN AMERICA

Mi Pueblo
June 20-24, 2016
Cleveland, Ohio
www.mipueblocamp.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 25-29, 2016
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 23-26, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/latin-american.html
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 Hispanic heritage adopted within the United States. It is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization. Hispanic counselors serve as role models and mentors to the children as they participate with them in cultural classes while adult family members attend cultural and adoption related.
This year our theme is Pasen a la Cocina, “Come into the Kitchen.” With this theme, we will focus on Latin food and the sense of community that is nurtured in the kitchen! We’ll explore simple things like preparing or sharing a meal, to the elaborate celebrations that build a family’s “heart” and embeds it in a larger context. Our already amazing cooking offerings will be expanded at every level, from our pre-schoolers to our parents and from the kitchen to the campfire. Our focus on building community will also be expanded to include more opportunities for gathering and sharing during camp. Our camp mealtimes will be enhanced with some welcoming perks, and a coffee table will be offered up for conversations during our busy camp day. Sessions will focus on ways to create or enhance meaningful family traditions.

Moguate Family Retreat
July 28-31, 2016
Osage Beach, MO
www.moguate.com
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!

Family Spanish Camp ~ La Casa Del Espanol
August 14-20, 2016
Camp Wabasso, Bradford, NH
www.sites.google.com/site/lacasadelespanol/home
A fun week of classes and activities in Spanish
for adults and children.  Camp is a cooperative effort among participating families.
• All levels — beginner, Intermediate, advanced
no prior Spanish required.
• A balance of structured Spanish learning and
time for outdoor activities and relaxation.
• New middle school & teen program.
• Wide range of activities in Spanish for
Spanish and English speaking children.
• Beautiful site in the New Hampshire woods
swimming, boating, hiking, and more.

PHILIPPINES

Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands Heritage Camp
August 4-7, 2016
Golden, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/filipino.html
The Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps around the country designed especially for families with children adopted from the Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia, Samoa, Marshall Islands and other Pacific island countries. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. Please join us as we explore our theme of “Island Celebrations,” such as learning about the different festivals in the Philippines, Indonesia, Marshall Islands and other islands throughout the Pacific Ocean. We’ll learn about the food often served at these celebrations, history and the traditions of our various Pacific Island cultures, while finding the deeper meaning in our FIPI identity.expression in similar traditions, practices and myths.

Camp Mabuhay (Indiana)
2016 Dates TBA
Indianapolis, IN
www.campmabuhayindiana.org
Camp Mabuhay Indiana, Inc. welcomes families who have ties to the Philippines through adoption, marriage, friendships and ancestry. Our camp is intended to allow for a better understanding of the Filipino culture. Camp activities are beneficial for all participants in that they allow everyone to explore Filipino culture together in an enjoyable and non-threatening environment. This camp is ideal for children of Filipino decent who are growing up as young Americans in the United States. It is hosted by American parents who are also trying to learn more about Filipino culture from those who grew up in the United States but have knowledge of the culture.

ROMANIA, RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPEAN, CENTRAL ASIA

FRUA Inc – Family Camp
July 28-31, 2016
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 21-24, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/reeca.html
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. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, REECA is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc REECA’s theme this year is “A Taste of REECA.” We plan to have cooking workshops for adults and children of all age groups, but we also want to incorporate the “flavor” of REECA countries in other ways, as well — through literature, dance, music, film, etc. We hope to represent the cultures of as many of our countries as possible, in all their beauty and uniqueness.

Ukraine Heritage Day Camp
Session 1:  July 10-15, 2016
Session 2:  July 17-22, 2016
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 / Vietnamese Heritage Camp
July 14-17, 2016
Estes Park, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/vietnamese.html
Vietnamese/Thai Heritage Camp is a culturally combined camp, and one of a handful of camps in the US specifically designed for families with children adopted from Vietnam and.Thailand. Committed to exploring Vietnamese and Thai culture and growing as adoptive families, it is sponsored by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization.
We are in the exciting planning stages for V/ThHC 2016! Our 2016 theme is “Mekong Strong.” As our two camps join together, there has always been something strong that connects us, the powerful Mekong River.
Both Vietnam and Thailand share this amazing river. Join us on a journey from Thailand to Vietnam, honoring Mae Nam “Mother of Water” and the Mekong Delta.

VIETNAM

Vietnamese / Thai Heritage Camp
July 14-17, 2016
Estes Park, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/vietnamese.html
Vietnamese/Thai Heritage Camp is a culturally combined camp, and one of a handful of camps in the US specifically designed for families with children adopted from Vietnam and.Thailand. Committed to exploring Vietnamese and Thai culture and growing as adoptive families, it is sponsored by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization.
We are in the exciting planning stages for V/ThHC 2016! Our 2016 theme is “Mekong Strong.” As our two camps join together, there has always been something strong that connects us, the powerful Mekong River.
Both Vietnam and Thailand share this amazing river. Join us on a journey from Thailand to Vietnam, honoring Mae Nam “Mother of Water” and the Mekong Delta.

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 7-10, 2016 – 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 14-17, 2016 – Hancock, MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort (www.jiminypeak.com)
Register today at: www.catalystfoundation.org/campdetails

MULTICULTURAL and UNITED STATES

Families for International Children (FFIC)
Heritage Camp

June 21-24, 2016
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 3-5, 2016
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, 2016
Granlibakken Conference Center
Tahoe City, CA
www.pactadopt.org/events/index.asp
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 25-29, 2016
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
September 3-5, 2016
YMCA Camp Minikana
Hubertus, WI
www.minikana.org/yearround/familycamp
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.
July 8-10, 2016
Hidden Acres Camp & Conference Center
Dayton, 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 39th Annual Family Camp
August 10-14, 2016
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.

Camp For Me
July 11-15, 2016
July 18-22, 2016
Stowe, VT
www.camp4me.org
Camp For Me is an exciting day camp for all adopted children and teens. Come join us for games, sports, arts & crafts, field trips, swimming, hiking and just hanging out with other girls and boys just like you! To be held at Stowe High School.

Camp Clio
July 3-23, 2016
Lyme, CT
www.campclio.org
Adopted children need a comfortable, non-judgmental place to try to understand their birth story as they come of age – to realize others share these same issues and they are not alone. Camp Clio provides that opportunity in a fun, old-fashioned camp setting with other adopted children and adopted camp counselors who serve as role models. Camp Clio campers and counselors share their adoption stories during cabin time and weekly informal picnic lunch discussions led by Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center.

Adopteen Camp – Conference
June 30-July 3, 2016
Vancouver, BC
August 3-7, 2016
Washington, DC
www.adopteen.org/adopteencc.aspx
The Adopteen Camp-Conference is NOT a cultural camp or a therapy session.
It is NOT a week-long “let’s sit down and talk about adoption” conference.
It is NOT a sit-in-a-big-room-and-listen-to-important-people-talk event. From the very beginning, we’ve just been here to have fun, celebrate and grow in our super awesome community. There are times set aside in our Camp-Conferences when cultural aspects and talking about adoption are the focus, naturally, but they are not our driving force. A few times a year, we come together to make a lifetime’s worth of memories and friendships. That’s all it is.

Domestic Adoption Camp
August 4-7, 2016
Denver, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/domestic-adoption-camp.html
Join us for Domestic Adoption Camp to be held in 2016 at Regis University in Denver. Yes we have outgrown our site in Golden, and are moving to a bigger, more accommodating site for our growing camp! We welcome families built by domestic adoption, foster care, and kinship. It will be a wonderful weekend in celebration of our adoptive families!
EVERY adopted child comes with a heritage, a background, and an identity that is not the exact same as their adoptive parents. In the 25 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.”
Our theme for DAC 2016 is “The Family Circus,” and we are pleased to announce that the Salida Circus will be joining us to perform and teach! The Salida Circus will get camp off to a great start with a fabulous interactive illusion show by Magic Steve with lots of audience participation and family humor. Then young campers ages 5 and older will learn how to be circus performers by rotating through three 30-minute workshop stations that will include aerial, juggling, and acrobatics/tumbling. The workshops for the children will conclude with a demonstration by participants in circus costumes!

Adult Adoptee Retreat
July 29 & 30th, 2016
Denver, CO
http://www.heritagecamps.org/what-we-do/the-camps/adoptee-camp-adult.html
Our first Adult Adoptee Retreat, held in the summer of 2015, was a great success! 50 adult adoptees gathered for a day in Boulder, CO to learn, explore, share, and socialize together — it was a retreat created by, for, and about adult adoptees, We are thrilled to share that Heritage Camps for Adoptive Family will again be hosting the second annual Adult Adoptee Retreat in the summer of 2016. It was overwhelmingly apparent that this retreat needed to be longer than one day, so we are expanding the length next year. The location is to be determined, but it wil be somewhere in the Denver metropolitan area with easy access to the airport, hotels, etc.
Our 2016 theme “It Takes A Village” highlights that by giving space and time for adult adoptee perspectives, we not only support their evolving needs, but build a community of empowered adults that will benefit all. It is through our shared investment, compassion, and curiosity that we will better understand the lifespan needs of adoptees and the unique gifts held within. The annual retreat hosts adoptee speakers from a variety of perspectives that not only address the faced challenges, but also emphasizes the gifts and celebrations.