July 10 – 13, 2014 at Snow Mountain Ranch Fraser, CO
2014 Co-Directors: Sarah Jo Martin, Susan Mitchell & Geeta Sharma
What does Indian Nepalese Heritage camp mean to your family?
- It’s the best weekend of the year! We love it for how connected it makes us feel to other families. It’s the best.
- Just a huge thank you for changing our lives through the camp experience…Every year the connections get deeper and the experiences get richer.
- Camp has given my child the space and tools to vocalize feelings about being adopted from Nepal. We can’t imagine a life without it.
- Camp is the single most important thing our family does each year. It has helped our daughter experience what it feels like to be just like everyone else.
- Heritage Camp has given me the sense to find myself. I didn’t have a clue what it meant to be adopted at the age of 8. INHC has been a vital part of my life. I love seeing old faces and meeting new ones. Camp is such a valuable experience for not only myself (being an adoptee) but for people who want to learn more about adoption. I can’t imagine not having camp here.
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
For more than 20 years, families from across the country have gained a fuller appreciation of India and Nepal’s beautiful culture at Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp (INHC). Friendships are created, strengthened and renewed each year — friendships that endure across the miles. INHC, the second of eleven camps developed by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization, is a family camp with programming for each member of the family from ages 3 to adult.
During camp, we explore the unique gifts and challenges that come from being mostly transracial adoptive families. For those few days in July, adults and children are with a sea of families who are just like them.
We enthusiastically celebrate the children’s birth countries, India and Nepal and we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The familiarity and sense of identity that comes with being with other families “just like theirs” is what bonds the children and their families and gives them a deep sense of belonging. The participation and contributions from Indian and Nepalese adult adoptees are invaluable to our campers, and to their parents as well. INHC also has a huge “extended family” of Indian and Nepali community members who provide unwavering support to our camp.
The theme of the 2014 INHC camp is FESTIVALS OF INDIA AND NEPAL!
Come join us as we discover the world of festivals that surround the traditions of these two beautiful countries. Without giving too much away, we promise that your days at camp will be colorful and illuminated with a festive atmosphere. You will learn, play, explore and taste the marvelous cultures that bind our communities. We can’t wait to see you!
Last year S. Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D developed an Adult Adoptee Retreat as part of INHC especially designed by and for adult adoptees(age 18 and older), and for their spouses, children, parents, etc. We had over 50 adult adoptees at INHC last year, some of whom were counselors or presenters, and many who participated in our Adult Adoptee Retreat. There were adoptees who grew up as campers at INHC, and those who had never been to a camp like ours, and for all it was a great bonding experience for Indian adult adoptees from around the country, and a lot of fun too! Watch this site for updates, as well as for information on guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed for this year’s INHC Adult Adoptee Retreat!