September 2 – 5, 2016 at Snow Mountain Ranch Fraser, CO — Celebrating our 20th Year!
2016 Directors: Kathy Eason, Ron Fryer, Susie Hale, Dawn Hinsvark, and Kate McGhee
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 20th 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 CHC2016! It will be our 20th year, which is a huge milestone!! Our 2016 theme is “Monkeying Around for 20 Years.” Yes it is the Year of the Monkey, which is a tradition for us to celebrate at camp, but we will also be commemorating 20 years of laughing and learning, eating and dancing, enjoying time with friends new and old. 20 years of connecting our kids with the culture of their birth. 20 years of celebrating our adoptive families.
In the Chinese Zodiac, this is the Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey are smart, clever, and intelligent. These qualities will bring great, unexpected fortune to Monkeys in 2016. In addition to learning more about the Year of the Monkey, campers will experience the beautiful Chinese culture. From the spectacular opening Lion Dance, to the delightful performances of Celebrate China, opportunities to learn about Chinese art, dance, and delicious cuisine make this an amazing weekend. Campers will also enjoy outdoor activities in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Come celebrate this special year with us — September 2 – 5, 2016 at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Also, did you knw the traditional “gift” for the 20th is china? How perfect is that? Watch for some special items in our market this year!
We are going to make this 20th year celebration an unforgettable Chinese Heritage Camp experience! 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.