June 7 – 10, 2018 in Denver, CO at Regis University
2018 Directors: Christine Brockett, Steve Livingston, & Gillian McNally
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What does African Caribbean Heritage Camp mean to your family?
“African/Caribbean Heritage Camp is about letting our children (and our whole family) be a part of something, of finding a place of belonging, and being so supported by everyone (other kids, families, and those awesome counselors!)”
“Our family has attended African Caribbean Heritage Camp for the past six years. When I asked our son what he loves about Heritage Camp, he said ‘it’s where I go to see my closest friends who are just like me.’ It has become a vital part of our summer every year. ACHC provides transracial and transcultural adoptive families with incredible resources year after year.”
“I love the entire camp experience. I so value anything that will help my child develop a healthy identity. I also love anything that provides me with specific tools on how to deal with issues involving race.”
“We were new to camp last year, and it was a life changing experience for our family!”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.….IMPACT FOR LIFE!
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
Every year at camp, we incorporate the roots of African culture into our programming for all ages, and have the pleasure of experiencing how these diverse and amazing histories make all of us who we are today. While we celebrate and strive to highlight the different birth countries of our campers, the similarities among adopted children of color in transracial families is what really bonds us. It is that connection — with other families, cultural heritage, the greater community, and role models — that makes a lasting difference.
We also spend time at camp exploring the unique gifts and challenges that come with our transracially adoptive families. We realize that, as our children grow, they will be dealing with issues faced by any child of color, no matter their country of birth. This is never more evident than the first day of camp, when children and parents alike experience that collective sigh of relief upon realizing that they are with a sea of families who are just like theirs. We also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. There is no greater gift you can give your child (or yourself).
We are in the exciting planning stages for ACHC 2018 — - Sankofa: Looking Back to Move Forward
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana, and symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge, taking from the past what is good, and bringing it into the present to make positive progress. It has since become widely used by African Americans to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.
At ACHC, we embody the spirit of sankofa! As a community of adoptive families, we embrace the diverse backgrounds of our children as we help and nurture them to navigate the roads ahead. Together at camp, through fun and celebration, we’ll look at the wisdom and beauty in our pasts and heritage, and take what we need to be strong, whole people moving forward. Come join old friends and make new ones as we play, move, learn and explore our way through sankofa!
Watch this site for updates about our 2018 camp programming, guest presenters, and activities as they are confirmed.