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 20-23, 2013
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
NEW THIS YEAR!!!  Ethiopian Heritage Day – Saturday, June 22, 2013
Celebrating our 15th year.  This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories.” Every culture, every family, every person has stories to tell about how they came to be and who they are now. And together we create a new narrative as we weave together our unique experiences. Ubuntu — the African concept of identity: I am, because we are. We are, because I am — brings us together as a community where we can celebrate and validate our children’s unique and collective identities. In this spirit of togetherness, 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
2013 Date TBA
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

Third Annual Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion
June 21-23, 2013
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 18-21, 2013
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating our 11th year!! Cambodian Heritage Camp 2013 is shaping up to be exciting, fun and informative! The 2013 theme is “What’s HOT in Cambodia”. As we come together this year we want everyone, from our fabulous counselors and Cambodian community members to the kids and their parents to feel connected and welcome as part of our extended family. There are many exciting things already in the works. 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
August 2-4, 2013
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating it’s 10th year, our camp this year will feature the theme “A Place Where I Belong”. Our children find a powerful connection at camp and we will be celebrating this sense of belonging that we feel at camp. Workshops and guest presenters for adults will feature adoption experts and also members of the local Chinese community who share their cultural knowledge with our families every year. 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.

Camp Friendship China
July 22-26, 2013
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
August 20-23, 2013
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.

Chinese Heritage Camp
August 30- September 2, 2013
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Our theme for 2013 Chinese Heritage camp is “China: Land of Invention”. China is known for the Four Great Inventions – paper making, the compass, gunpowder, and printing. But, did you know that many of the things we all use on a daily basis, were also invented in China? From tea to noodles, chopsticks to forks, dominoes to playing cards and Mahjong, China has been a source of inventions for thousands of years. Come fly a kite, create shadow puppets, navigate with a compass, or make paper. We will learn and explore all this and more as we journey to China: Land of Invention.

INDIA

Camp Masala
Indian Culture Camp
June 14-16, 2013
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 11-14, 2013
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Come join the fun as we celebrate the 20th year of INHC – Bollywood/Kollywood style!  We will produce a camp that will be a colorful, toe tapping musical romp through Bollywood & Kollywood. Of course, Bollywood is the esteemed film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay, hence the name), and Kollywood represents the film industry in Nepal based in Katmandu, and we plan to have fun with both! Our screen writers, coordinators, and community members from India and Nepal are busy writing the script and creating our own INHC Bollywood style production.  We will explore the wonderful world of Bollywood/Kollywood and the cultural heritage of India and Nepal as we weave together a story unique to camp.

Midwest I-child Heritage Camp
July 18-21, 2013
Green Lake , WI
www.mwihc.org
Midwest I-child/Namaste’ is a volunteer group of adoptive parents and adoptees. They host an annual winter gathering at various locations in Illinois and Wisconsin and a 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. Our summer camp is in its 12th year and the winter gathering has been held for 20+ years. Visit their website for more information for regarding their camp, and other events. 

KOREA

Korean Heritage Camp
June 13-16, 2013
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
With our 2013 theme, “Seoul Food,” KHC will again be the incredible cultural experience that has kept us going for 22 years. Food is a universal language, and Korean food is delicious! We’ll be learning about food, cooking food, celebrating with food, and of course eating food all camp long! These Korean immersion activities and workshops are for all age groups at camp, and our parent workshops are on a par with most major adoption conferences. Everyone works together to make camp successful, so there are many opportunities to get to know other families that share in the adoption experience. Here, experienced parents and older adoptees are always willing to share helpful information with the next wave. Everyone loves to see our littlest campers as well, with childcare and preschool opportunities that allow even the newest adoptive parents to fully participate

Camp Choson
June 30- July 5, 2013
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 8-12, 2013
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 15-19, 2013
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 31- August 2, 2013
Stoney Creek Inn
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)
2013 Dates TBA
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 4, 2013
www.koreanculturecamp.net
Come dress-up in Korean hanboks and enjoy Korean culture and food.

“Day Camp”
July 17-20, 2013
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. The camp began with luncheons in 1994 and progressed to a 3-day camp (known as Camp Hodori) in 1995. In 1996, the camp incorporated and changed its name to Camp Moo Gung Hwa. Moo Gung Hwa is the Korean national flower, whose nearest American equivalent is the Rose of Sharon. The camp has been held every year from 1997-present.

Camp MuJiGae
Korea Culture Camp
June 26-29, 2013
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. Program classes are instructed by students from Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea and volunteers from the Korean Presbyterian Church of Albany. Some of our classes are Korean crafts, cooking, music, language, history, folklore, and Korea today.

Korean Culture Camp – NE Ohio
July 16-20, 2013
Avon, Ohio
www.fsaohio.org/korean-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 11-17, 2013
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
2013 Date TBA
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 29- August 2, 2013
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 have adopted Latino children and teens from several countries. We finish La Semana with a big Fiesta on Friday night.

Latin American Heritage Camp
June 27-30, 2013
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. It is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. Latino 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 workshops ranging from Latino cooking and customs to the blessings and challenges inherent in our adoptive families. Every year at camp we incorporate the roots of Latino culture into our programming for all ages, exploring different aspects of this vast and amazing culture each year, while highlighting the distinct countries and regions where the children at camp were born

PHILIPPINES

Filipino Heritage Camp
August 1-4, 2013
Golden, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
This year’s camp theme is “A is for Adobo-The Philippines from A to Z”. We plan to have a grand time, exploring the culture, people and land of the Philippines, including Filipino-American culture today.  The Filipino Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps around the country designed especially for families with children adopted from the Philippines. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of eleven camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. FHC 2013 is going to be a great year as we return to Golden, Colorado, which proved to be so much fun and such a great venue for camp last year. FHC will again be planning an optional “Family Fun Day” for folks who would like an extra no frills day. 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 2012 Heritage Camp
August 9-11, 2013
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 21-23, 2013
Bloomington, Minnesota
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 25-28, 2013
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 2013 camp theme “Festivals and Holidays”! Children, teens, and parents will enjoy a full year of holidays from over a dozen countries all in one weekend. Some of these may be familiar but other traditions may be those you will experience for the first time. Have you heard the stories and learned the winter holiday traditions of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden? Do you know about the Maslenitsa or Pancake Week ? YUM! How about Cosmonauts Day, or Name Day?

Ukraine Adoption Heritage Weekend
July 19-21
Kerhonkson. New York
Bea@adoptivefamilytravel.com
Adoptive family heritage weekend for families who have Ukrainian born children.

 

VIETNAM

Vietnamese Heritage Camp
July 18-21, 2013
Estes Park, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
The theme for the 2013 Vietnamese Heritage Camp will be “Chasing Dragonflies”. We will be using the creation myth of the Vietnamese people to explore Vietnamese identity, culture, folk stories and traditions. “This story is about the children of Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ who are believed to be the ancestors of Vietnam. Today, Vietnamese people call themselves “the children of the Dragon and the Fairy” referring to Lạc Long Quân’s lineage from the world of the Dragons and Âu Cơ’s Fairy Clan from the highlands. Therefore, whichever part of the country one hails from, he belongs to one origin. Just as Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ promised to each other, all Vietnamese should love, honor and protect one another. This legend, then, has become the pride and bond of unity for all Vietnamese.”

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!

Northfield, Minnesota – July 11-14, 2013
at St. Olaf College (www.stolaf.edu)
located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Register today at: www.catalystfoundation.org/campdetails

Hancock, MA- 18-21, 2013
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort (www.jiminypeak.com)
Register today at: www.catalystfoundation.org/campdetails

MULTICULTURAL

Families for International Children (FFIC)
Heritage Camp

June 18-21, 2013
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 7-9, 2013
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 2012
July 3-7, 2013
Granlibakken Conference Center
Tahoe City, CA
www.pactadopt.org/adoptive/services/education/camp_program.html#8
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.

Hands Around The World Culture Camps
2013 Date TBA
Roselle, Illinois (near Chicago)
www.handsaroundtheworld.com
Hands Around The World sponsors six culture day camps: African American, China, Eastern European, KISS (a Korean, Indian, Southeast Asian Spectacular) Latin American, and a multicultural experience for teens called The Cutting Edge. Our culture camps promote healthy identity development by giving adoptees an opportunity to immerse themselves in self-discovery with peers, experience positive mentoring and friendships, share their common experiences, support one another, and learn about their rich heritage and traditions through specialized hands-on activities and classes in ethnic cooking, arts and crafts, native animals, music and dance, puppetry, language, martial arts, ethnic games and more. Come join in the fun!

Celebration of Nations: Adoptive Family Weekend
May 31- June 2, 2013
YMCA Camp Minikani
Hubertus, WI
http://sites.google.com/site/adoptivefamilyweekend/
Come spend time with your family and other adoptive families for a fun, informative weekend at YMCA Camp Minikani, located 20 minutes north of Milwaukee on the shores of Amy Belle Lake.  Activities and programs throughout the weekend include: Archery, boating, a camp fire, the climbing wall, cultural activity booths, cultural wellness activities sponsored by local YMCA’s, Family Olympics, guest speakers, informative discussions, jumping off the Minikani Tram-pop-oline, swimming, and so much more!  So whether you’ve adopted from China, Korea, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, India, Vietnam, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, the Philippines, the United States, Guatemala, Cambodia,  Ethiopia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, or ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you’re invited! To register go to http://minikani.org/yearround/events and look under camp happenings.

Intercultural Retreat / K.A.M.P.
July 31- August 3, 2013
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
Leaf River, IL
www.CampKupugani.com

Multicultural Camp for Girls
June 24-July 21, 2012
Multicultural Camp for Boys
July 21- August 3, 2012
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 7-11, 2013
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 25-28, 2013
Denver, CO
www.heritagecamps.org
Celebrating it’s 3rd year in Denver.  EVERY adopted child comes with a heritage, a background, and an identity that is not the exact same as their adoptive parents. In the 22 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.”