September 1 – 4, 2017 at Snow Mountain Ranch Fraser, CO — Celebrating our 20th Year!
2017 Directors: Dawn Hinsvark, Kate McGhee, Julie Hotz, Anne Willits
What does Chinese Heritage Camp mean to your family?
“This was my daughter’s comment as she was leaving: I’d rather be here than with my soccer team! Meaning — camp was the most important thing in her life!”
“This is the highlight of our daughter’s year. We get as much value planning, preparing for, and discussing after the event as the event itself. It is a shared conversation that brings us closer together and makes some conversations possible that otherwise would be very difficult for us to fall into.”
“My daughter has a sense of belonging– stronger here than anywhere else!”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Chinese Heritage Camp was one of the first camps in the country exclusively created for families with children adopted from China. It is one of the 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Chinese Heritage Camp offers programs for infants through high school. This will be the 21st year families from across the country meet in Colorado to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and share their adoption stories. This camp regularly fills up quickly with a waiting list, and the camp has grown along with Chinese adoptees, now boasting a large group of high school campers and our first wave of adopted Chinese counselors!
We also spend time at camp exploring 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 celebrate and highlight the birth country of our campers, the similarities of being adopted children of color in mostly transracial families is what really bonds the children, and their families so immediately at our camp.
We are in the exciting planning stages for CHC2017! Our camp theme this year is: “Red Thread,True Friends”
We are all familiar with the Chinese belief that an invisible red thread connects us to others important in our lives – past, present and future. Join us to celebrate our connection to one another. Learn more about exploring the past, grow closer to present friends, seek out others to be part of your family’s future Chinese community. As always we will also be celebrating the Chinese Zodiac with the Year of the Rooster.
Watch this site in the new year for updates on the camp workshops, presenters, activities, and more as they are confirmed.