July 17 – 20, 2014 at Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
2014 Co-Directors: Pat Bowen, Lori Downs & Jules Micheli
What does Cambodian Heritage Camp mean to your family?
“Being with all the other families and sharing the experience along with them…the sense of community and belonging and seeing our son smile more in one weekend that he does in an entire year!”
“Connecting with families like ours, and watching my daughter with role models like the counselors, seeing her make these wonderful connections with people who share her heritage.”
” My daughter feels part of a community — it is a miracle what happens to the kids at camp. I cannot thank you enough for the gifts she receives there. It is a blessing to be able to go and watch her blossom there. Thank you thank you thank you.”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Even among the unique group of culture camps that comprises the Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families family, Cambodian Heritage Camp stands out. Now in its 12th year, it is the only culture camp in the U.S. that is specifically geared toward Cambodian-born adoptees and their families. Despite the relatively small number (approximately 1800) of Cambodian children adopted by Americans in the past 15 years, Cambodian Heritage camp normally fills up quickly with over 70 families who travel from throughout the U.S. to attend this very special event. We have a huge “extended family” of Cambodian-Americans from the Denver area who give their unwavering support to our camp every year, and an astounding network of Cambodian-American volunteers who regularly come from California and the east coast to participate as camp counselors, workshop leaders, and program speakers.
Cambodian Heritage Camp 2014 promises excitement, challenges, surprises, and all-out fun as we celebrate Khmer New Year! Our three days of programming will follow the traditional three days of Khmer New Year celebrations. This “New Year” theme is apropos ~ 2014 is going to be an important year for Cambodian Heritage Camp as we continue to strengthen our foundational relationships, build our community by welcoming new families and together, anticipate a new future with new experiences, new adventures, new opportunities and new purpose!
We have a plethora of fresh programming in the works as we begin to delve into the research and planning stage for this year! We will offer programming workshop sessions and activities that both meet our needs as students, parents and families as well as celebrate the unique beauty of our families and the Khmer culture! Cambodian New Year is a festive, colourful, delicious, exuberant, fun-filled three day celebration — so you’ll want to rest up before you get there!
As always, we will explore the unique gifts and challenges that come with our mostly transracial adoptive families. We realize that as your children grow, they will be dealing with issues faced by any child of color, no matter their country of birth. At our camp, they are with a sea of families who are like theirs, and with children who are in the majority for a few days. Though we enthusiastically celebrate their birth county, we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The impact and importance of being with families “just like theirs” at camp cannot be understated. It creates bonds between our children and our families that are not easily found in our communities and other areas of our daily lives.
If you can arrive early, plan to participate in “Family Day” activities starting Wednesday evening, July 16th. There will be various family and group activities offered leading up to our official camp kick-off Thursday evening, July 17th. We begin with our Opening Ceremonies after an optional BBQ dinner, and camp programming continues through Sunday morning, July 20th.
New this year! Because many of our kids can’t get enough… Some of our families will be arriving up to four days early for a “pre-camp” time together! These days are being offered to allow our kids the opportunity to spend some extra time reconnecting with the friends that they get to see only once each year. We are very much looking forward to them having the extra time to deepen their relationships in a fun, laid back few days of escapades in the mountains!
So — Mark your calendar for the week of July 16th through the 20th! Registration begins on March 3. Go to our registration link to confirm your place at camp! We look forward to seeing you there!
Watch this site for updates about guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are solidified.