July 14 – 17, 2016 in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies
2016 Co-Directors: Veronica Thompson, Jared Rehberg, & Karin Delany
What does Vietnamese/Thai 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.”
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Vietnamese/Thai Heritage Camp is a culturally combined camp, and one of a handful of camps in the US specifically designed for families with children adopted from Vietnam and.Thailand. Committed to exploring Vietnamese and Thai culture and growing as adoptive families, it is sponsored by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization.
We had a very successful camp in 2015 – the first we combined with the Thai Heritage Camp. The campers, parents, counselors, and both Vietnamese & Thai community volunteers so enjoyed being with the larger group, and learning about Vietnamese culture and Thai culture during separate workshops over the same long weekend. The Vietnamese Heritage Camp families welcomed the Thai Heritage Camp families with open arms, and loved having the Thai culture part of their camp experience. The kids and parents all connected so strongly, and immediate friendships were made. It was such a win-win for everyone that we have decided to keep the two camps together on the same dates again in 2016!
We are in the exciting planning stages for V/ThHC 2016! Our 2016 theme is “Mekong Strong.” As our two camps join together, there has always been something strong that connects us, the powerful Mekong River.
Both Vietnam and Thailand share this amazing river. Join us on a journey from Thailand to Vietnam, honoring Mae Nam “Mother of Water” and the Mekong Delta.
With great pride in our children’s countries and heritage, we are Mekong Strong. As adoptive families coming together we are stronger side by side.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer! Watch this site for updates about this year’s theme, guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed.
What Can I Expect From Vietnamese/Thai 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 & Thailand, their 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 to our transracially adopted children.
- 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/Thai Market and discover gifts that will enrich, inspire and add a touch of the Vietnamese/Thai 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 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 ours” 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.