June 18 – 21, 2015 Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser CO
2014 Co-Directors: Kelli Anderosn, Mimi Moore, Jacqueline Sinclair, & Scott Wong
What does Korean Heritage Camp mean to your family?
“What we find most valuable about Korean Heritage Camp is the energy, friendship, and love that each of us feels (young to older) when we all gather together to celebrate and support one another. The counselors so fully exemplify this. They are amazing! There is just something powerful for each and everyone of us at KHC! We are still feeling the charge.”
“Being with other families that have kids adopted from Korea for the kids to form friendships with someone with a similar story and culture.”
“The most valuable thing for our family is teaching our kids about adoption and their culture. Learning that they are not the only ones out there in their situation will hopefully give them a sense of belonging when they get older and start questioning who they are and where they fit in.”
“Even though my “kids” are young adults, I find the support through shared experiences with other KHC families amazing. I treasure the friendships I have made at camp.”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Korean Heritage Camp is the flagship heritage camp, and we again had an amazing camp last year!
We continue to strengthen and grow our community with even more families than ever in our 24–year history, our wonderful counselors (many of whom were once campers themselves), 50+ alumni, countless special guests, and all the Korean community volunteers who help make it the most authentic cultural experience.
Again we have fun family activities available to share together on Thursday afternoon, followed by a family BBQ, and an always amazing Opening Ceremony. Friday morning we then hit the ground running with workshops and activities.
With our 2015 theme, “Rooted in Tradition”, KHC will again be the incredible cultural experience that we’ve enjoyed for so many years. Learn about Korean traditions dating back several centuries – customs, tables manners, dining etiquette, business protocols, holiday and birthday traditions to name a few. You may be able to incorporate these into your modern day routine!
Traditional Korean Fun Facts:
- Gim jang is the age old practice of preparing winter kimchi.
- Ch’usok is the Korean Thanksgiving, during the harvest moon in early September.
- Seollal is the New Year’s Day holiday.
- Dano is the 5th day, 5th month celebration of the lunar year.
- Jerye is an ancestral memorial rite.
- A traditional Korean home is called a hanok. Rooms in the homes have multiple purposes.
- Korea is known as the “Land of the Morning Calm”.
Our Korean immersion activities and workshops are for all age groups at camp, and our parent workshops are on a par with most major adoption conferences. Everyone works together to make camp successful, so there are many opportunities to get to know other families that share in the adoption experience. Here, experienced parents and older adoptees are always willing to share helpful information with the next generation. Everyone loves to see our littlest campers as well, with childcare and preschool opportunities that allow even the newest adoptive parents to fully participate.
With the help of our dedicated local Korean community volunteers, our special guests, awesome counsellors, and of course, our families, 2015 will be another year to remember for sure! Watch this site for updates as we confirm workshops, special guests, and activities that will keep us all connected to our children’s Korean identities.
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.