July 13 – 16, 2017 in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies
2017 Co-Directors: Veronica Thompson, Jared Rehberg, Karin Delany, & Maeline Barnstable
Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families is very excited to announce the creation of our newest camp, Southeast Asian/Pacific Islanders Heritage Camp (SEAPI), which is a wonderful cultural melding of already existing camps! This camp will bring together families with children adopted from Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands, and those born in the U.S of these cultural backgrounds.
The volunteer coordinator team for this newly formed camp is excited to make this a wonderful cultural experience for all of our adoptive families, and we hope many new families as well! The workshops and activities will highlight each country and culture, and will continue to be the authentic cultural experiences they have always been. We have remarkably strong support in this new venture from the Vietnamese community, Thai community, Filipino community, and Pacific Islander community in Colorado and across the country who come make our camps the meaningful and authentic cultural experiences that they are. We also have a very strong team of Vietnamese and Filipino adult adoptees who share their valuable experiences with our kids and parents.
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.
What does Heritage Camp mean to your family?
“The most valuable part of camp is the way our daughter looks forward to camp each year, and talks about different aspects of it all year. Her high level of comfort in being with kids and counselors that look like her, and being with multicultural families. Her pride in being “different” is such a refreshing contrast to how I grew up wanting to “blend in
“The kids like that everyone looks like them and they feel that they can talk to the other kids more easily because they are adopted.”
“Camp is the one place where our child feels entirely comfortable about being adopted as well as Vietnamese. We live in an area with low ethnic diversity, and being able to see other kids and counselors that are so comfortable themselves has been great, especially as middle schoolers are trying to figure out how much they want to conform or be different. This is the one family activity she looks forward to and talks about all year long.”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander 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, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, and other Pacific Island countries. Committed to exploring Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, and growing as adoptive families, it is sponsored by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization.
We are looking forward to joining adoptive families together with our amazing Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, and Pacific Islander community volunteers who wil be teaching our kids and families about being a true part of their culture of birth in menaingful and authentic ways. It is what we are known for, and we feel very strongly about carrying on this tradition in our newly combined camp. In fact we only expect the cultural and adoption experience ot grow richer for the families who join us in July 2017!
Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer! Our camp theme this year is “Postcards from SEAPI.”
Join our families as we explore the heritage and culture of Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and the Pacific Islands. We are so excited to have you join us on our brand new adventure.
This trip will definitely be something to write home about. Before we all return home from our journey, we will all send beautiful postcards from SEAPI Heritage Camp.
Watch this site for updates about this year’s guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed.
What Can I Expect From SEAPI Heritage Camp?
- An opportunity for your child to find a place where there are others who look more like them, and come from the same region of the world.
- A place where adults and kids will all learn more about their children’s heritage, culture and traditions.
- A chance for parents to learn more about all aspects of raising children, share our stories and learn how to be well informed parents to our transracially adopted children.
- An unforgettable weekend filled with natural beauty, friendships and family!
Join us this Summer in Estes Park!
- Join us for our annual Thursday evening BBQ
- Kick off camp at our Opening Ceremony on Thursday night
- Walk through our Sountheast Asian/Pacific Islander Market and discover gifts that will enrich, inspire and add a touch of the culture into your life year round
- Enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery of Estes Park, Colorado
- Join us at our annual Ice Cream Social to catch up with old friends and make new ones
- Saturday Night will entertain you with music, dance, stories and fun for the whole family
As always, we will explore the unique gifts and challenges that come with being transracial adoptive families. As our children grow, they will be dealing with issues faced by every child of color, no matter their country of birth. At camp, our children are with families just like theirs and they are surrounded by campers, counselors and community members who look like them. We enthusiastically celebrate their birth county, and we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The impact and importance of being with families “just like ours” at camp cannot be understated. It creates bonds between our children and our families that may not easily found in our communities and other areas of our daily lives.