July 16 – 19, 2015 in Golden, CO at the American Mountaineering Museum
2015 Directors: Maeline Barnstable & Matt Kuenning
What does Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands (FIPI) Heritage Camp mean to you?
“I Love Camp” — FIPI Camp 2nd Grade Camper
“This is my Favorite Camp” — FIPI Camp 5th Grade Camper
“I don’t want Camp to end” — FIPI camp 7th Grade Camper
“It’s worth so much to see our girls grow with confidence – giving them the tools to cope with adoption/race issues we don’t fully understand. They look forward to seeing their long lasting friends every year.” — FIPI CampParent
“I did not realize how much camp would help me as a Parent too!” — FIPI Camp Parent
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…..IMPACT FOR LIFE!
The Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps around the country designed especially for families with children adopted from the Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia, Samoa, Marshall Islands and other Pacific island countries. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of 13 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. FHC 2015 is going to be another great year as we return to Golden, Colorado and the American Mountaineering Center, which has proven to be so much fun and such a great venue for camp the last two years.Our incredible Filipino community volunteers will return with us to cook delicious food, entertain, teach, and interact as counselors and adult role models with our kids. We are also excited to be reaching out to new community volunteers from Indonesia and the Pacific Island countries!
This year’s camp theme is “Island Culture: Ancestry and Tradition”. Our keynote speaker will be Lane Wilcken, author and educator. He plans to lead us in exploring the ways that common ancestry of the island peoples have found expression in similar traditions, practices and myths.
Hotel lodging at a group rate will be available for those traveling to Colorado from a distance. We will also be spending time at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s wonderful cultural center, which is about 15 minutes away.
Planning for our 2015 camp is underway, so watch this site, check your email inbox, and follow us on Facebook for updates as workshops and activities are solidified. Some of the highlights for 2015:
- Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday evening where we can renew old friendships and welcome new friends.
- There are many opportunities for swimming, hiking, shopping, and dining, all close to our hotel and meeting space.
- This year our camp coincides with the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. We will plan time to attend the Festival as a group. More details to follow.
- Our Saturday evening Dinner and Dance Party will be held at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s Cultural Center, where we will spend some relaxing time with our wonderful community volunteers.
- We welcome and strongly encourage adult adoptees to attend. They will have access to our programming, volunteer opportunities, and fellowship with our families, counselors, and community volunteers.
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.