The Foundation for a Great Birth 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 Adoptive Family Travel. Culture camp and similar programs provide a big piece of the foundation kids need to have successful in-country experiences.

Many 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/Caribbean Heritage Camp
June 8-11, 2017
St. Regis University, Denver, CO
African/Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) celebrates its 19th year in 2017 and remains one of the few camps of its kind in the country. 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

The camp theme this year is: “Woven Together-Unity in Diversity.” ACHC 2017 celebrates all that we have in common with each other and the ways we are unique and different. From the diversity of our cultural heritages and our individual uniquenesses, to the unifying experiences of being adopted, being of color, and being transracial families, we are woven together into a community that is strong and beautiful. This year’s camp is represented by this popular Adinkra symbol from Ghana meaning “democracy and unity in diversity”, which shows twin crocodiles that have two mouths but share one stomach.

UMOJA Camp
November 3-5, 2017
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, WI
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.

Ethiopian Heritage & Culture Camp
August 3-6, 2017

Harrisonburg, VA
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.

 

Chinese Heritage Camp II
July 20-23, 2017
Denver, CO
For 14 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.
With this year’s theme – “Celebrating the Art of China!” – we will be delving into the ancient and modern art of China, as expressed through pottery, painting, and sculpture. We’ll also celebrate the contributions of Chinese filmmakers to the culture of China, past and present, and explore the art of Chinese music and dance. And we can’t celebrate the art of China without soaking in the culture and history of China along the way. This year’s camp promises to be a four-​day celebration of the amazing art of China!

Chinese Heritage Camp
September 1-4, 2017

Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
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 21th 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!
Our camp theme this year is: “Red Thread,True Friends.”  We are all familiar with the Chinese belief that an invisible red thread connects us to others important in our lives – past, present and future. Join us to celebrate our connection to one another. Learn more about exploring the past, grow closer to present friends, seek out others to be part of your family’s future Chinese community. As always we will also be celebrating the Chinese Zodiac with the Year of the Rooster

Camp Friendship China 
July 24-28, 2017
Stirling, NJ
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 28-31, 2017
Black Mountain, NC
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.

Camp Masala-South Asian Heritage Camp
Indian Culture Camp
June 16-18, 2017
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN
Camp Masala is a weekend camp for children of South Asian heritage and their families. Our goal at Camp Masala is to facilitate our children’s education about South Asian culture within a fun environment. (We welcome all families, adopted, biological, mixed-race or not.) 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 South Asia. In 2017 it’s Northwest India and Pakistan!

Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp
July 6-9, 2017
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
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.
This year, as we gather in the Colorado mountains, we will be “Honoring Our Journeys.” Our children come from a range of places in both India and Nepal. Their stories are distinctive of their individual journeys through adoption and family. As roads intersect to form the collective story of camp, we will pay homage to our children’s birth countries, respect the disparate paths we’ve all taken and acknowledge the new places and experiences that are yet to come!

Midwest I-child/Namaste Heritage Camp
June 29-July 2, 2017
Green Lake , WI
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. 

Korean Heritage Camp
June 15-18, 2017
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
Korean Heritage Camp is the flagship heritage camp, and we are so excited to be celebrating 26 years in 2017!! . 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.
Put on your detective hat, grab your magnifying glass, and get ready to clue in to the mysteries of Korea past, present, and future as we “Investigate Korea” with this year’s exciting KHC theme!

Camp Choson
July 3-7, 2017   Day Camp
July 2-7, 2017   Resident Camp
Camp Lakamaga
St. Croix, MN
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 10-14, 2017
Baxter/Brainerd, MN
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 17-21, 2017
Stirling, NJ
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 7-9, 2017
Hidden Acres Retreat Facility
Dayton, IA
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 26-29, 2017
East Lansing, MI
Korean Culture Camp of Eastern Michigan is celebrating its 26th 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
“Day Camp”
July 19-22,2017
Raleigh, NC
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, 2017
Albany, NY
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 day program for our campers age 5 to 18 years old,  and a single day program for campers 3 to 5 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 13-19, 2017

Johnsonburg, NJ
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 27-29, 2017
Reisterstown, MD
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 6-12, 2017
Camp Westminster
Roscommon, MI
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 17-22, 2017
Minnehaha Academy
Minneapolis, MN
Come join us to celebrate our 41th year! Please check out our website for details.

Camp Moon Hwa
June 26-30, 2017
Rochester, MN
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 24-28, 2017
Ithasca, IL
Camp Pride is a culture day camp for Korean adoptees and their siblings. Classes are offered for children 4 years old through 12th grade.

Heart & Seoul Camp
July 7-9, 2017
Rochester, NY
Heart and Seoul Camp is a family oriented weekend Korean Culture Camp at McQuaid Jesuit. We are fortunate to have Sookmyung University students from Seoul who prepare and lead a variety of classes for campers and parents. Our focus is on celebrating Korean culture and building community. All are welcome!

Destination Korea Camp
July 17-19, 2017  Teen Destination Camp
July 20-22, 2017 Destination Camp
Carrollton, TX
TEEN DESTINATION CAMP is a gathering for Korean adoptees that will be entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2017 and those who have just completed the 12th grade in 2017. This is a wonderful time for teens to be together to make new friends and renew old friendships. Adult adoptees and adoptive parents will facilitate the activities for Teen Destination. Semihan Korean Church will be providing additional support and activities for Teen Destination.
Teen Destination will be held at Semihan Korean Church, 1615 West Belt Line Road, Carrollton, Texas. There will be time for activities; such as team building and mentoring, eating Korean food, and games and activities to build life-long friendships.
DESTINATION KOREA CAMP experience will be filled with various activities related to Korean culture. Our mission is to provide cultural and educational opportunities for families formed through Korean adoption. We also provide opportunities for adoptees, parents, siblings, grandparents and cultural communities to share common experiences, to build lifelong relationships, to develop a sense of community, and to enhance individual identities.

LaSemana
July 24-28, 2017
Lakeville, MN
LaSemana offers a week long culture day camp for children in grades K-7 plus high school ‘ayudantes’. LaSemana means ‘the week’ in Spanish and we make it an extraordinary one for hundreds of children adopted from Latin American countries. LaSemana is held annually 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 LaSemana with a big Fiesta on Friday night.  Come join us!

Latin American Heritage Camp
June 22-25, 2017

Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
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.
Our fitting camp theme is “20 Festive Years!” Holidays, fiestas and festivals hold a favored place in Latin American culture. Our workshops will explore the many ways in which Latin Americans celebrate their culture, families and ancestors all year long as well as look back at our own history with a timeline retrospective. There will be group projects such as building a Mayan Temple as well as individual ways to celebrate your unique culture and heritage. As always there will be workshops that explore adoption, cooking classes for all ages, and dance classes so you’re prepared to move your feet at the Saturday night FIESTA

Mi Pueblo
June 19-23, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio
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.

Moguate Family Retreat
July 27-30, 2017
Osage Beach, MO
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 20-26, 2017
Camp Wabasso, Bradford, NH

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.

FRUA Inc – Family Camp
July 27-30, 2017
Grayland Beach State Park, Grayland, WA
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 20-23, 2017
Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
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.
Our camp theme this year is “Where my story begins.” Everybody has a story, and it’s important for our kids to know that their stories are worth telling and sharing. Through workshops and activities our kids will learn about the places where their stories begin, and then write and share their own stories, through words or pictures — about where they have been, the important people and events in their lives, and how they imagine their story will continue.

Ukraine Heritage Day Camp
Session 1:  June 23-28, 2017
Session 2:  July 16-21, 2017
Kerhonkson, New York
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.

Annual Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion
June 30-July 2, 2017
Winton Woods Park
Cincinnati, OH
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.

Celebrate Romania
June 16-18, 2017
Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI
For additional information, contact Mike & Kathy Weise at mikekathyw@gmail.com.

Cambodian Heritage Camp
July 13-16, 2017
Snow Mountain Ranch
Fraser, CO
Cambodian Heritage Camp 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. Camp 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.
Our camp theme this year is “Family — Defining family; from those who raised us, and the family we create to surround us through our life.”  If you can arrive early, plan to participate in “Family Day” activities starting Wednesday evening, July 12th. There will be various family and group activities offered leading up to our official camp kick-​off Thursday evening, July 13th.

(SEAPI) SE Asia/Pacific Islander Heritage Camp
July 13-16, 2017
Estes Park, CO
Due to ever-​changing field of international adoption, both our Vietnamese and Thai Heritage Camp and our Filipino/​Indonesian/​Pacific Islanders Heritage Camp have had diminishing attendance over the past few years. Combining the two camps will ensure we have a strong camp which continues all camps’ traditions of engaging and relevant programming addressing both cultural and adoption topics.
Our camp theme this year is “Postcards from SEAPI.”

Catalyst Foundation-Vietnam Culture Camp
July 6-9, 2017 – Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College

July 13-16, 2017 – Hancock, MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

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!

Families for International Children (FFIC)
Heritage Camp

June 20-23, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
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 9-11, 2017
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah

Milford, PA
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-WEST
July 3-8, 2017
Granlibakken Conference Center
Tahoe City, CA

Pact Family Camp -EAST
July 31-August 4, 2017
Chesapeake Area near Northern Maryland

Pact Family Camps bring 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 Camps 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 10-14, 2017
Roselle, Illinois (near Chicago)
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 2-4, 2017
YMCA Camp Minikana
Hubertus, WI
The Cradle adoption agency invites all adoptive families to YMCA Camp Minikana in Hubertus, Wisconsin  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 7-9, 2017
Hidden Acres Camp & Conference Center
Dayton, IA
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
Various Dates (check website)
Leaf River, IL
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 Annual Family Camp
August 9-13, 2017
Sun Lakes Park Resort
Near Coulee City, Washington
WACAP Family Camp is a 5-day 4-night event.  It is a family/volunteer driven camp supported by WACAP.  Whether an adopted person or adoptive parent, support is often felt best wehn provided by another who has walked the same road.  Family Camp is a time for adoptive families to come together to relas, learn from each other, and support one another while at the same time enjoy a fun family vacation.  WACAP Family Camp encourages children to bond with new and old friends, communicate with parents ending in a closer relationship once you return home.

Camp For Me
July 10-14, 2017
July 17-21, 2017
Stowe, VT
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.

Adopteen Camp – Conference
June 21-25, 2017
Denver, CO
July 17-21, 2017
Wilmington, NC
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 3-6, 2017

Denver, CO
Join us for Domestic Adoption Camp to be held in 2017 at Regis University in Denver. We welcome families built by domestic adoption, foster care, and kinship. It will be a wonderful weekend in celebration of our adoptive families!
Our camp theme this year is “Family Tree: Mighty Strong.”The concept of a family tree is so central to family life. While family trees are an important source of interest and pride in most families, they can be somewhat challenging to navigate for adoptees and adoptive families. We will examine that issue together in the camp environment to assist each other in addressing it. A favorite inspirational poem entitled, “The Mighty Oak Tree,” has been chosen to convey the fortitude of our families. We, as individual family units and as a wider adoption community, are “mighty strong” in triumphing over any and all trials we may face. You can read the poem here http://​www​.ellen​bai​ley​.com/​p​o​e​m​s​/​e​l​l​e​n​_​1​4​3​.​h​t​m.
The messages of family fortitude and triumph over trial will be incorporated into camp programming. Along with the overarching tree theme, we will have plant and gardening sub themes, including growth, deep roots, weathering storms, blooming where you’re planted, and being strong & connected together. We are hoping to get campers of all ages outside among some plants and getting their hands in some dirt!

Adult Adoptee Retreat
July 28-30, 2017
Denver, CO
We are also working on some exciting changes to the AAR schedule and format for 2017, and we are looking forward to our third year of learning and sharing together in an environment like no other – created by and for adult adoptees. We hope you will join us in 2017!