Latin American Heritage Camp
Latin American Heritage Camp connects adoptive families with authentic cultural experiences, experts on adoption, and families with shared experiences.
- Back to in-person camp! June 23-26, 2022
- YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
- Registration opens in January 2022
We strive to highlight the distinct birth countries and culture of our campers, while also emphasizing the shared experience among adoptees born in Central or South America, or in the U.S. of Latino descent. 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 Latin American Heritage Camp, we work hard to represent each of the 12 to 15 countries and cultures our children come from. We are very fortunate to have supportive presenters, entertainers, and counselors from the diverse Latin American community in Colorado and around the world. Many of our counselors and presenters are Latin American adoptees. They are the racial mirrors our children need to see, learn from, and often develop lifelong relationships with. The rich and varied Latin American culture is infused in all aspects of camp, for an authentic and fun experience!
For instance, one way we celebrate the Latin American culture is our annual fiesta on Saturday night! The music, dance, food, and fun create a festive atmosphere that feels like a night in Latin America!
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 each 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 a sense of 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 Latin American culture, and of adoptive families. This blending of culture and families has created an enriching, supportive space for our campers of all ages.
“It means facing the issues of adoption square on for a weekend; having my family with families that look like ours. Creating an opening for conversation with my kids. Hearing what other families are doing. Obtaining resources and connections. Overall, a wonderful experience!”
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.