July 30-August 2, 2015 in Golden, CO at the American Mountaineering Center
2015 Camp Directors: Jennifer Brooks, Marne Gulley & Margaret Walsh
HCAF presents the fifth year of Domestic Adoption Camp for adoptive families!
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Join us for Domestic Adoption Camp to be held July 30 — August 2 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO, in the heart of the beautiful foothills. We welcome families built by domestic adoption, foster care, and kinship. It will be a wonderful weekend in celebration of our adoptive families!
EVERY adopted child comes with a heritage, a background, and an identity that is not the exact same as their adoptive parents. In the 23 years we have been providing Heritage Camps, we have found this difference to be a true gift for families, and one that should be celebrated and explored together. Without question, this camp has revealed how important recognizing and finding ways to talk about and celebrate adoption is vital for adoptive families. As one parent put it, “The impact this camp had on my son was watching him interact with the other kids as if they’d always been best friends, and to see him getting more comfortable with what it means to be adopted.”
It is often said, “How can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from?” The mission of Domestic Adoption Camp is to provide an unprecedented place for families to learn, share, gain support, and celebrate adoption with each other. As one of our parents planning camp recently said, “My daughter has talked about this camp ever since it ended last year. Somehow, she just knew it was a good feeling being there.” There is no greater gift parents can give their children than the opportunity to discover who they really are, and to celebrate in that discovery with them.
For each of our five years, we have incorporated “Family” into our camp theme. This year is no exception with “The Family Recipe.” Through art, music, movement, play, team building, outdoor activities, and, of course, cooking and food, children from the ages of 3 to 18 will joyfully explore and celebrate being adopted, therefore building self-esteem. As always, our children’s counselors will be young adult adoptees. Experts in the fields of adoption, education, nutrition, trauma, and child development will speak with parents and with older teens. Parents have an opportunity to be with a group of people who “GET IT.” No explanations, no crazy questions, no judgments. Come learn and share with us. We are building a strong, supportive community, and would love to have your family be a part of it.
Some new events for DAC 2015 include: Yoga for kids, Rafting for middle/high school, and a whole camp pool party at Splash Water Park — fun for all ages!
Registration opens March 9th! Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance to attend camp. We also are continuing the “Plus One” program this year. Any family (new or previous attendee) who informs another family about our camp, and gets them to register and attend this summer, will receive a gift certificate to our market! So come join us, and bring a friend!
If you or your kids are on Facebook please visit the Domestic Adoption Camp page and follow us. We want this to be a place where we can all have discussions and share interesting topics. It is a wonderful way to stay connected and informed.