Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp
Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp (REECA) connects adoptive families with authentic cultural experiences, experts on adoption, and families with shared experiences.
- Back to In-Person Camp! July 21-24, 2022!
- YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, CO
- Registration opens in January 2022.
We strive to highlight the distinct birth countries and cultures of our campers, while also emphasizing the shared experience among adoptees from Russia, other Eastern European and Central Asian countries. 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 Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp (REECA), we work hard to represent each of the 5 or 6 countries and cultures our children come from. We are very fortunate to have supportive presenters, entertainers, and counselors from the Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian communities of Colorado and throughout the country. Many of our counselors and presenters are adoptees themselves. They are the cultural mirrors our children need to see, learn from, and often develop lifelong relationships with. The rich and varied culture of this region of the world is infused in all aspects of camp, for an authentic & fun experience!
For instance, one way we have blended the cultures is through a fun celebration at our annual Friday night family party, with food and drinks from the region, music, entertainment, and the kids’ favorite – roller skating, which is a universal activity that connects us all!
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 blend of cultures, and the kids and families have blended too – all with the common identity of being adopted from a REECA country. This blending of cultures and families has created an enriching, supportive space for our campers of all ages.
“Attending camp is a very important family tradition. It sends the message to our adopted daughter that her culture is very important. It gives her a time to connect with other kids adopted from her country. It provided one of the only opportunities in her life where she could be comfortable being herself.”
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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