July 31 — August 3, 2014 in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies

2014 Co-​Director: Ethan Brady, Jared Rehberg & Veronica Thompson

What does Vietnamese Heritage Camp mean to your family?

The most valuable part of camp is the way our daughter looks forward to camp each year, and talks about different aspects of it all year. Her high level of comfort in being with kids and counselors that look like her, and being with multicultural families. Her pride in being “different” is such a refreshing contrast to how I grew up wanting to “blend in

The kids like that everyone looks like them and they feel that they can talk to the other kids more easily because they are adopted.”

Camp is the one place where our child feels entirely comfortable about being adopted as well as Vietnamese. We live in an area with low ethnic diversity, and being able to see other kids and counselors that are so comfortable themselves has been great, especially as middle schoolers are trying to figure out how much they want to conform or be different. This is the one family activity she looks forward to and talks about all year long.”



Chào mng bn (Welcome)

“Vietnam is a country full of kindness, tradition and history.
It is a country that has overcome great obstacles, while always sustaining their cultural values.”

Vietnamese Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps in the US specifically designed for families with children adopted from Vietnam. Committed to exploring Vietnamese culture and growing as adoptive families, it is sponsored by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-​profit organization.

The theme for our 2014 Vietnamese Heritage Camp will be “We Are Family”. This summer, we will take a look at the Traditional Vietnamese family, Vietnamese Holidays, Education, Language, Myth & Legends and so much more. Welcome to our family. We look forward to seeing you in Estes Park this summer!

Ăn có nhai, nói có nghĩ - Think today and speak tomorrow

The Traditional Family*:

A patriarchal family, with the man as the head of the household, is the traditional structure of the Vietnamese family. Confucianists framed their cultural norm in terms of the duties and obligations of a family to father, a child to parent, a wife to husband, and a younger brother to an older brother. They believed that the welfare and the solidity of the family were far more important than individual interests of any one member of a family. The individual was less independent than a member of a family that included not only living members but also a long line of ancestors and of those yet to be born. Members of the same household lived together, worked together, and gathered together for marriages, funerals, celebrations, and rituals marking the anniversary of an ancestor’s death. Family members looked first to other family members for help and counsel in times of personal crisis and guarded the interests of the family in making personal or household decisions. They were less likely to seek support outside the confines of the family.

The extended family rather than the nuclear one was the dominant family structure, often including three or even four generations, and typically consisting of grandparents, father and mother, children, and grandchildren, all living under the same roof. Vietnamese people often give special reverence to ancestors who have deceased. They most often believe that the dead influence the living.

Doing this will allow us to strengthen our own families as well as friendships brought together through the bonds of adoption and Vietnamese culture.


What Can I Expect From Vietnamese Heritage Camp?

  • An opportunity for your child to find a place where there are others who look like them
  • A place where adults and kids will all learn more about Vietnam, it’s heritage, culture and traditions.
  • A chance for parents to learn more about parenting adopted children, share our stories and learn how to be better parents.
  • An unforgettable weekend filled with natural beauty, friendships and family!

Join us this Summer in Estes Park!

  • Join us for our annual Thursday evening BBQ in memory of our beloved friend Heather Reu
  • Kick off camp at our Opening Ceremony on Thursday night
  • Walk through our Vietnamese Market and discover gifts that will enrich, inspire and add a touch of the Vietnamese culture into your life year round
  • Enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery of Estes Park, Colorado
  • Join us at our annual Ice Cream Social to catch up with old friends and make new ones
  • Saturday Night will entertain you with music, dance, stories and fun for the whole family

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. The contributions from Vietnamese adult adoptees have been invaluable in this area for our campers, and for their parents as well.

We hope to see you at camp in July. For further information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Vietnamese Heritage Camp Facebook page

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