July 31-August 3, 2014 in Golden, CO at the American Mountaineering Museum
2014 Directors: Maeline Barnstable & Matt Kuenning
What does Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islands (FIPI) Heritage Camp mean to you?
“I Love Camp” — FHC 2nd Grade Camper
“This is my Favorite Camp” — FHC 5th Grade Camper
“I don’t want Camp to end” — FHC 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.” — FHC Parent
“I did not realize how much camp would help me as a Parent too!” — FHC 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. This is the first year that we are expanding the scope of our camp to include families who have adopted from one of the Pacific Islands.Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. FHC 2014 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 “Family, Friends, and Food: The Island Way”. We plan to have a grand time, exploring the culture of the Philippines and the Pacific Islands, including Asian–American culture today, especially with our friends in the Filipino and Pacific Island community. We will also highlight the birth cultures of our campers from other Pacific Island countries.
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 2014 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 2014:
- Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday evening where we can renew old friendships and welcome new friends.
- Friday afternoon and evening we will include some free time in the schedule for your family to explore Golden on your own, or socialize with other campers. There are many opportunities for swimming, hiking, shopping, and dining, all close to our hotel and meeting space.
- 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 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 come to know families who are like theirs, and they get to be in the majority for a few days. Though we enthusiastically celebrate their birth country, we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The experience of discovering there are kids and families “just like ours” is what really bonds the children and their families at our camps.