July 12 – 15, 2018 in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies
2018 Co-Directors: Karin Delany, Lauren Haag, Matt Kuenning, Jared Rehberg, & Veronica Thompson
The volunteer coordinator team for this camp is already working hard to make this a wonderful cultural experience for all of our adoptive families again this year. The workshops and activities will highlight each country and culture, and continue to be the authentic cultural experiences they have always been. We have remarkably strong support in this venture from the Vietnamese community, Thai community, Filipino community, and Pacific Islander community in Colorado and across the country who come make our camp the meaningful and authentic cultural experience that it is. We also have a very strong team of Vietnamese and Filipino adult adoptees who share their valuable experiences with our kids and parents.
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.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer!
Exciting planning is underway for SEAPI 2018 — Stronger Side by Side
Last summer, Vietnamese & Thai, Filipino & Pacific Islander camp came together for the inaugural Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander (SEAPI) Heritage Camp. Each camp has a rich HCAF tradition and special communities. We all took a journey together to Southeast Asia and learned about all 4 of our unique cultures. We sent postcards home from camp to our friends and family. Standing together on stage as one we made new friends and family. Our individual traditions and customs give our families pride and joy. Together we are Stronger Side by Side. Join us this summer as we stand together again to celebrate our Southeast Asian cultures. It is the 20th year for our original Vietnamese Heritage Camp, and the 19th for our original Filipino Heritage Camp, so there is much to celebrate side by side!
We’d also like to very much welcome adoptees, families, and counselors, and community members from the Cambodian Heritage Camp to join us at SEAPI HC! Though our countries have varied histories, the camp itself is still so similar, full of authentic workshops for teens, an opportunity to be counselors for young adults, and excellent sessions for parents. Come one, come all – we’d love to have you be part of our Southeast Asian experience!
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.