June 12 – 15, 2014 Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser CO
2014 Co-Directors: Mimi Moore, Scott Wong, Jacqueline Sinclair, & Kelli Anderson
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 time last year!
Wow, who knew we’d still be going so strong in our 23rd year? We continue to strengthen and grow our community with even more families than ever in our 23-year history, our wonderful counselors (many of whom were once campers themselves), alumni, adult adoptees, countless special guests, and all the Korean community volunteers who help make it the most authentic cultural experience.
We have again added an extra day to camp! There are fun family activities available to share together on Thursday afternoon, followed by a family BBQ, and then Opening Ceremony that evening. This additional day of activities will give families who choose to come early on Thursday even more time to spend together. Friday morning we then hit the ground running with workshops and activities.
With our 2014 theme, “News Flash.…Korea Today” KHC will again be the relevant cultural experience that has kept us going for so many years. This year we will be focusing on Korean newsmakers and events that are happening today in Korea and in Korean-American communities across the U.S. Imagine learning about all the latest and greatest updates on Korean culture – the arts, sciences, music, food and more!! Of course we are already asking special guests to come to camp, and we are so honored that so many want to be here with us. These Korean cultural 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 wave. 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 counselors, and of course, our families, 2014 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 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.
Last year we also initiated a very exciting Adult Adoptee Retreat within KHC, 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 KHC 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 KHC, and those who had never been to a camp like ours, and for all it was a great bonding experience for Korean 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 KHC Adult Adoptee Retreat!