July 11th — 14th, 2013 at Snow Mountain Ranch Fraser, CO
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!!
2013 Co-Directors: Sarah Jo Martin, Susan Mitchell, Geeta Sharma, Dan Sweetser
What does Indian Nepalese Heritage camp mean to your family?
“Having role models (the counselors) who look like my kid and, in many cases, share experiences with my kid is absolutely the most important thing. My child has stated that she values the chance to be among a crowd of people who look like her. And that can’t be beat!”
“I am not sure my words can capture the feeling the camp gave me: a sense of belonging even though I was a first timer. Raising adopted kids is not always easy and the challenges are not always tangible to those around us, be it extended family, friends, schools, neighbors, etc. At camp, there is complete understanding of the trials as well as the joys that create the families we’ve chosen”
“The connection with others who share our family story. When i ask my daughter this question she answers by saying that she loves to meet and be with others who come from the same place she does. For me, I love to see my daughter full of pride for who she is completely… adopted and Nepali.”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
For 20 years, families from across the country have gained a fuller appreciation of South Asia’s vast and beautiful culture at Indian/Nepalese Heritage camp (INHC). Friendships are created, strengthened and renewed each year — friendships that endure across the miles. Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp is a family camp with programming for each member of the family. INHC was just the second camp developed by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization.
To commemorate our 20 years, INHC Proudly Presents:
Produced by: Pam Sweetser, Patty Quinn, and Karen Melusky
Directed by: Susan Mitchell, Geeta Sharma, Sara Jo Martin and Dan Sweetser
Starring: Cast of thousands: campers, families, counselors, adult adoptees, alumni, and of course community volunteers from India and Nepal
Artistic Director: Namita Khanna Nariani and many others
Come join the fun as we celebrate the 20th year of INHC – Bollywood/Kollywood style!
We will produce a camp that will be a colorful, toe tapping musical romp through Bollywood & Kollywood. Of course, Bollywood is the esteemed film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay, hence the name), and Kollywood represents the film industry in Nepal based in Katmandu, and we plan to have fun with both! Our screen writers, coordinators, and community members from India and Nepal are busy writing the script and creating our own INHC Bollywood style production.
We will explore the wonderful world of Bollywood/Kollywood and the cultural heritage of India and Nepal as we weave together a story unique to camp.
LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION!!
We want everyone to join our 20th anniversary celebration this summer and encourage all of our camp families, alumni, friends and extended family members ( grandparents, aunts, uncles, best friends are all welcome!) to come to Snow Mountain Ranch July 11 – 14 for this amazing camp. This will be a Bhangra to remember!
As always, we will also 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 are with a sea of families who are like theirs, and with children who are 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 similarities of being with other families “just like theirs” is what really bonds the children and their families so immediately at our camps. The contributions from Indian adult adoptees have been invaluable in this area for our campers, and for their parents as well.
This year we are also very excited to have S. Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D leading a team of adult adoptees in coordinating the effort to develop a program especially designed by and for adult adoptees(age 18 and older), and for their spouses, children, parents, etc. Whether you have ever been to our camp or not, this program promises to be 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.