Chinese Heritage Camp
Chinese Heritage Camp connects adoptive families with authentic cultural experiences, experts on adoption, and families with shared experiences.
We offer two Chinese Heritage Camps, click here to view the Chinese camp located at Regis Univeristy in Denver.
- Back to In-Person Camp! Sept 2-5, 2022
- YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
- Registration opens in January 2022
We enthusiastically celebrate the Chinese birth culture of our campers, while also emphasizing the shared experience of being adopted into U.S. culture. It is that connection — with other families, a child’s cultural heritage, the greater community, and role models — that affirms a child’s self-worth and belonging.
At Chinese Heritage Camp, we are very fortunate to have supportive presenters, entertainers, and counselors from the Chinese community in Colorado, and around the country. Our counselors & presenters include many Chinese adoptees. They are the racial mirrors our children need to see, learn from, and often develop lifelong relationships with. The rich Chinese culture is infused in all aspects of camp, for an authentic & fun experience!
For instance, every Sunday night at camp we celebrate China with traditional Chinese dance, martial arts, lion dances, and even some hip-hop – performed by our campers, and from the presenters themselves who are so willing to share their talents with our families.
Adoption is also a culture of its own that brings unique joys and challenges to a family’s life. At our camp, children and families are nurtured and supported at every stage of that life. Children and parents relish in being with other families “just like them.”
We ensure that this camp includes programming designed to equip parents with the tools and understanding to raise children with respect to their cultural background, and to raise children who have experienced loss in their young lives. Camp programming is designed to support parents with the ability to advocate for, affirm, and support our kids.
This camp is a celebration of Chinese culture, and of adoptive families. This blending of culture and families has created an enriching, supportive space for our campers of all ages.
“This is the highlight of our daughter’s year. We get as much value planning, preparing for, and discussing after the event as the event itself. It is a shared conversation that brings us closer together and makes some conversations possible that otherwise would be very difficult for us to fall into.”
A Family Experience
Each camp is a family experience. Adults attend their own workshops and benefit from opportunities to socialize and connect with other parents who have shared experiences and understanding. Non-adopted siblings typically attend camp, and benefit from fun and connection with their peers, while gaining an understanding of adoption and culture. Extended family — grandparents, aunts, uncles — are also welcome to attend camp.
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We send out camp registration information in February/March, periodic e-mail newsletters and other pertinent information.