June 23 – 26, 2016 in Denver, CO at Regis University
2016 Co-Directors: Caroline Yates, Debbie Dawson, & Sue Holmes
What are our Chinese Heritage Camp II families saying is most valuable to them about camp?
- I love that the camp offers something special for everyone in the family and camp is full of families just like ours. I think it is so valuable for our children to see other families like their own.
- Forming lifelong connections. It was really nice attending a camp for everyone in the family.
- Being with other families who have been on the same journey as ours
- I wanted my daughter to learn about her culture… and be around other children who are adopted so she can feel like she is part of a community.
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.….…..IMPACT FOR LIFE!
For 13 years, families from around the country have gathered to share their stories and experiences as adoptive families. Come connect with old friends, make new connections, and celebrate the uniqueness of all our families. Our small, urban camp is a family camp with programs and workshops for both parents and children, ages 3 to 17.
This year’s camp theme is “Passport to China”. Our children will explore multiple provinces, enjoying the unique culture each one has to offer through craft, dance, food, and music. Parents will be offered educational and creative workshops to both understand our children’s birth country culture and understand the many challenges and rewards of being an adoptive parent.
The importance of our counselors:
“We adore the counselors, who make camp such a blast!”
Our amazing community of counselors will serve as mentors as our children participate in cultural activities.
What one camper felt after attending camp:
“I think the fact that I get to hang out with other people who have families who look like mine is the most valuable to me. Growing up in a predominantly Caucasian society, I never felt a sense of complete belonging anywhere but at Heritage Camp.”
What makes our camp unique?
Workshops specifically designed for children to explore their culture identity, promote empowerment, enhance self-esteem, and share their experiences. Workshops and break-out sessions for parents to connect, learn, and share our own experiences with other families like ours.
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 theirs” 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.
We are in the exciting planning stages forCHC II 2016! It will be our lucky 13th year! Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer! Watch this site for updates about this year’s guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed.
Come celebrate with us this summer; we look forward to seeing you again, or for the first time. Registration opens March 7, 2016