July 18th — 21st, 2013 at Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
2013 Co-Directors: Pat Bowen, Tracy McBrayer & 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 tenth 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 80 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 2013 is shaping up to be exciting, fun and informative! The 2013 theme is “What’s HOT in Cambodia”. As we come together this year we want everyone, from our fabulous counselors and Cambodian community members to the kids and their parents to feel connected and welcome as part of our extended family. There are many exciting things already in the works. We are planning to bring in some of the HOTTEST Cambodian music, films, graphic artists, and food! We will mix it up with fresh and exciting market items, mountain hikes, and our fabulous Saturday night party.
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 similarities of being with other families “just like theirs” is what really bonds the children and their families so immediately at our camps.
Arrive early and participate in Family Day starting Wednesday evening, July 17th through Thursday, July 18th with many recreational activities to choose from. Camp programming will officially begin Thursday evening with Opening Ceremonies following the optional BBQ dinner. Mark your calendar for the week of July 17th through the 21st. We look forward to seeing you!
Watch this site for updates about guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are solidified.