Adoptee Camp


Holt Camp at Home is the highlight of the summer for youth Adoptees! Come be a part of virtual camp and spend a fun-filled week with other Adoptees from across the country. With trained adult Adoptee facilitators, breakout sessions, games, activities and parent debriefs, Holt Camp at Home delivers a way to meet, connect and have some fun while exploring Adoptee identity from the comfort of your home. The fee per camper is $199.

Camp dates and locations for the 2022 season will be announced at a later date.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the camp registrar and/or camp director.

Camp Registrar

Pame Chow

541-687-2202 ex. 122

Camp Director

Joli Hanlon

541-687-2202 ex. 111

High School Group (15-17 year olds)

July 12 - 15, 2021 

Parent's Day: July 15, 2021

Middle School Group (13-14 year olds)

Session 1

June 14 - 17, 2021

Parent's Day: July 22, 2021


Session 2

July 19 - 22, 2021 

Parent's Day: July 22, 2021 

Tween Group (11-12 year olds) 

Session 1 

June 21 - 24, 2021 

Parent's Day: July 19, 2021 


Session 2

July 26 - 29, 2021

Parent's Day: July 19, 2021 

Elementary Group (9-10 year olds)

Session 1 

June 28 - July 1, 2021

Parent's Day: August 5th, 2021 


Session 2

August 2 - 5, 2021 

Parent's Day: August 5, 2021 

Contact Us

Contact Us

For more information or to ask direct questions about camp, staff, campsites, etc., please contact:

Pame Chow, Holt Camp registrar
541-687-2202 ext. 122

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Donate to Camp Fund

Your donation will help support young adoptees and families grow and thrive within their community.

2017 Camp Photos


To provide an environment of physical and emotional safety, self-discovery, and fun. Within a community of Adoptees, campers will share their common experiences while exploring topics in adoption, race, and identity development.

What’s Holt Adoptee Camp all about?

Typically, Holt Adoptee Camp operates in four states: Oregon, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and New Jersey. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holt Camp is currently a virtual camp program. We serve International and Domestic Adoptees, and their families, ages 9-17.

Holt Adoptee Camp maintains a focus on fun and community, just like any other summer camp! What makes this camp special, is that we have built in a curriculum for Adoptees by Adoptees that provides a space for Adoptees to discuss, share, and build identity among their peers. Everything at camp has been created, built, and implemented by adult Adoptee staff – making this program one of a kind.

Safety is our first priority with your children. Our staff is carefully selected, screened, and then professionally trained before camp begins. We're committed to keeping campers physically and emotionally safe, so that everyone can fully benefit from the camp experience.

We are looking for enthusiastic adult adoptees to be camp staff with us this summer. The staff will work with Holt for up to nine weeks between June - August. This time includes one week of staff training before camps begin and a mid-season break. Once the camp season is under way, we'll serve hundreds of domestic, transracial, and international Adoptees. Through organized small group times and everyday interactions, you'll have the opportunity to mentor the campers while helping them grow and be their best.

How to Apply

Now accepting applications for the 2021 camp season!

Once we receive the completed application, the camp director will contact you and set up a time for an interview. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in helping Adoptees.

Staff Benefits — The Best Part

  • End of season stipend
  • Learn valuable skills in team building, group management, and camp programming.
  • Be a part of a team
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of campers
  • Form lifelong friendships
  • Looks great on resumes and applications for college scholarships and jobs

Counselor Responsibilities

As a counselor, you’ll have many responsibilities. We’ve broken them down into two categories.

  1. Campers
    • You’re responsible for the safety of the campers for two hours a day as soon as they check in until they check out. You’ll assist in leading them in scheduled activities throughout the day. You’ll lead your cabin group in discussions on race, identity, and adoption. You’ll set the standard for your campers in the areas of: positive attitude, integrity, punctuality, and interaction with peers.
    • Counselors will have the support during and training prior to discussions and the Camp Director and other staff will be available to assist as needed
  2. Camp Activities
    • Counselors will be assigned to teach and lead certain camp activities.
    • Counselors will be asked to enthusiastically participate in all activities, setting the mood for the campers. A counselor who’s having fun leads to campers having fun.

We are excited to welcome adult Adoptees to come enjoy and help out at camp! Volunteers help build a dynamic, organized and meaningful camp experience for our campers, and we hope you consider being a part of our growing Holt Adoptee Camp network!

How to Apply

All volunteers must be adopted, 18 years of age or older at the time of service, pass a routine state background check, and be able to provide his or her own transportation to the site. The deadline to apply is 3 weeks before your expected date to volunteer. Once your application is received, our special programs coordinator will contact you with follow-up materials. We appreciate your interest in contributing to the Adoptee community!

Volunteer Benefits

Engage with campers! You can share your knowledge and adoptee experiences with other camp attendees. You’ll meet people of all ages from across the U.S. and around the world and help them make memories of a lifetime. Our hope is for you to leave camp with new ideas, passions and a good feeling of service to the Adoptee community!

Volunteer Date and Duties

Volunteers are needed to assist in four main areas during Opening Day, Family Overnight Camp and Family Day Camp at each camp location. With guidance from the Holt camp staff, our volunteers assist with camp activities, oversee young campers, support counselors and provide campsite directions. During the application process, you will have the opportunity to state your preferred volunteer duty. We will strive to assign you a role based on your stated preference, however we cannot guarantee you will be assigned to your preferred area. Camp is a dynamic and ever-changing environment, and we appreciate your flexibility; it’s key to our success. Consider which roles and locations might fit your interests.

The four main duties include:

  • Cleaning, Activity set-up

    Activity Volunteers will report to the Special Programs Coordinator and mainly help with preparation and maintenance around the campsite. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the set-up and break-down of work areas, moving equipment, helping keep craft items safe/secure and keeping the area clean and organized.

  • One-on-One Camp Buddy

    Camp Buddy Volunteers are each assigned to one young camper and are responsible for the care and support of that camper throughout daily activities. Volunteers may be asked to move between campers as needed. Volunteers are expected to be friendly, caring, encouraging and able to work with very shy kids.

  • Shadow a Counselor

    Shadow Volunteers support counselor staff mainly in times of transitioning campers from one activity to the next. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the set-up and break-down of work areas, communicating needs, area maintenance and crowd control.

  • Wayfinding

    Wayfinding Volunteers will be stationed in various locations around the campsite and provide general assistance whenever and wherever needed. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, communicating needs, area maintenance and crowd control.

Please note: Volunteer Dates will be announced soon!

Contact Katelyn Marks, at with any questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer.



Holt International is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 23-7257390.