Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp
Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp connects adoptive families with authentic cultural experiences, experts on adoption, and families with shared experiences.
We enthusiastically celebrate the Indian and Nepali birth cultures 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 Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp, we are very fortunate to have supportive presenters, entertainers, and counselors from the Indian & Nepali communities in Colorado and around the world. Many of our counselors and presenters are adoptees. They are the racial mirrors our children need to see, learn from, and often develop lifelong relationships with. The rich Indian & Nepalese cultures are infused in all aspects of camp, for an authentic & fun experience!
For instance, one of our favorite traditions at INHC is the Saturday morning celebration of the Holi Festival, a spring celebration in both India and Nepal. Our celebration involves kids, parents, counselors, presenters, and lots of color! For those who wish to partake, it is a very fun way to start the day and equally fun for those who just want to watch while sipping delicious chai made by our community volunteers.
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 Indian and Nepalese culture, and of adoptive families. This blending of culture and families has created an enriching, supportive space for our campers of all ages.
“INHC is so valuable for meeting and networking with other families. Also discussions around our brown children living in a white world and all of the complexities and challenges it creates – knowing there are other kids and families dealing with similar issues really helps! We’ve developed incredible bonds with several families, which will remain a positive as our children grow.”
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.