Adoptee Camp

                 

A week of Holt camp will be one of the best experiences of your life. Along with other Adoptees, you'll have the chance to try new things, make new friends and discuss issues that are important and unique to Adoptees. No matter which location or camp experience you attend, you'll fill your days playing group games, developing skits, playing sports, swimming, living in cabins, exploring your identity, eating great food, creating arts and crafts and hanging out with new and old friends — all under the leadership and supervision of trained adult Adoptee camp counselors!

Overnight Camp

Holt Overnight Camp is available to all domestic and international, transracial or transcultural Adoptees ages 9 to 17.

Dates (see below for detailed location information):

  • Oregon Overnight Camp – July 5-9
  • California Overnight Camp — July 12-16
  • Wisconsin Overnight Camp – July 21-25
  • Nebraska Overnight Camp – July 27-31
  • East Coast Overnight Camp – August 3-8

Cost: $675 (OR,WI,NE) $775 (CA & NJ). Some “camperships” are available!

Questions? Contact Pame Chow, camp registrar, for more information.

Meals:Provided with the registration fee.

Sample Schedule:

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Group games
10:00 Art class
11:00 Adoption lesson
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Recharge
2:00 Swimming
4:00 Group games
5:00 Dinner skit prep
6:00 Dinner
6:45 Small group adoption discussion
7:15 Evening activities
8:30 Campfire
9:30 Return to cabin, get ready for bed.


Oregon Overnight Camp

July 5-9, 2020

Macleay Conference & Retreat Center

2887 74th Avenue SE

Salem, OR 97317

California Overnight Camp

July 12-16, 2020

The Oaks Camp & Conference Center

18651 Pine Canyon Road

Lake Hughes, CA 93532


Wisconsin Overnight Camp

July 21-25, 2020

Camp Whitcomb Mason, Hartland

W294 N8436 Camp Whitcomb Road

Hartland, WI 53029


Nebraska Overnight Camp

July 27-August 31, 2020

Camp Carol Joy Holling

27416 Ranch Road
Ashland, NE 68003


East Coast Camp

August 3-8, 2020

Camp Tecumseh

445 Mechlin Corner Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867


PLEASE NOTE: Once you've registered, you'll receive confirmation emails from CampDoc with important documents to complete the registration. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Pame Chow at pamec@holtinternational.org or 541-687-2202 ext. 122.

Junior Overnight Camp

Holt Junior Overnight Camp is available to all domestic and international, transracial or transcultural Adoptees ages 6 to 8.

Dates (see below for detailed location information):

  • California Overnight Camp — July 12-14
  • Wisconsin Overnight Camp – July 21-23
  • Nebraska Overnight Camp – July 27-29
  • East Coast Overnight Camp – August 3-5

Cost: $300. Some “camperships” are available!

Questions? Contact Pame Chow, camp registrar, for more information.

Meals:Provided with the registration fee.

Sample Schedule:

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Group games
10:00 Art class
11:00 Adoption lesson
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Recharge
2:00 Swimming
4:00 Group games
5:00 Dinner skit prep
6:00 Dinner
6:45 Small group adoption discussion
7:15 Evening activities
8:30 Campfire
9:30 Return to cabin, get ready for bed.


California Overnight Camp

July 12-14, 2020

The Oaks Camp & Conference Center

18651 Pine Canyon Road

Lake Hughes, CA 93532


Wisconsin Overnight Camp

July 21-23, 2020

Camp Whitcomb Mason, Hartland

W294 N8436 Camp Whitcomb Road

Hartland, WI 53029


Nebraska Overnight Camp

July 27-29, 2020

Camp Carol Joy Holling

27416 Ranch Road
Ashland, NE 68003


East Coast Camp

August 3-6, 2020

Camp Tecumseh

445 Mechlin Corner Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867


PLEASE NOTE: Once you've registered, you'll receive confirmation emails from CampDoc with important documents to complete the registration. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Pame Chow at pamec@holtinternational.org or 541-687-2202 ext. 122.

Holt’s C3 Family Strengthening Retreat
Connection – Community – Communication

Our first Holt family retreat is an exciting opportunity for parents and Adoptees to slow down, take a breath, connect with each other and connect with other adoptive families, all the while building a supportive community of Adoptees and adoptive families.

For four days and three nights, you and your child will enjoy a retreat program designed to enhance adoption communication skills, and begin building the language to effectively express the nuanced experience that is adoption. This learning will be facilitated by adoption professionals through family activities, parent workshops, and interactive fun and games.

Adoptees will have an opportunity to experience the Adoptee community in a camp setting, while parents will take part in innovative training and workshops facilitated by nationally recognized program and thought leaders in adoption. The multi-day family retreat also provides an opportunity to enjoy the Pacific Northwest, spend quality family time together, and grow as Adoptees and adoptive parents. 

This program is available to adoptive parents, and all international, domestic, transracial or transcultural Adoptees 8 years old and younger.

Dates: July 5-8, 2020

Macleay Conference & Retreat Center

2887 74th Avenue SE

Salem, OR 97317

Travel: The camp location is 62 miles from the Portland International Airport and 72 miles from the Eugene Airport.

Cost: $1,500 per family (up to a family of four). This includes lodging, meals and programming. Travel to Oregon is not included. Families larger than four will be offered a discount for each additional family member. See the table below for details.


  5th Additional Person 6th Additional Person 7th Additional Person 8th Additional Person
Discount Price Per Additional Person $450 $400 $350 $300
Grand Total $1,950 $2,350 $2,700 $3,000

Questions? Contact Pame Chow, camp registrar, for more information.

Family Day Camp

Family Day Camp is tailored for adoptees and parents to experience together. This single day of workshops, activities and games for adoptees and their parents will help foster new skills to talk about adoption in a fun and exciting setting. The program includes adoptee identity and race/racism education, Q&A sessions with adult adoptees and an emphasis on interactivity with both other adoptees and adoptive parents. This Family Day Camp is also an excellent way to experience our full adoptee camp without the week-long, overnight commitment! Family Day Camp is open to all international, transracial, transcultural adoptees 5-8 years old and their parents.

Eligible Participants: This program is available to all international, transracial, or transcultural adoptees and their parents. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent. Children ages 5-8 recommended.

Dates:

  • Oregon Family Day Camp – July 17
  • Wisconsin Family Day Camp – July 24
  • Nebraska Family Day Camp – August 1
  • East Coast Family Day Camp – August 9

Content: The program will be geared towards social interaction with other adoptive families and adoptees. There will be workshops for parents and adoptees together and separately.


Cost: $100 for one adult and one child, +$25 for each additional person


Meals: Lunch is provided with the registration fee.

Sample Schedule:
10:00 – Arrival, Registration, Welcome
10:20 – Introduction – Icebreaker games
10:30 – Split Group Adoption Session (adoptees receive their own, age-appropriate session while parents receive their own session)
11:30 – Family Art Project
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Camp Staff Q&A
2:00 – Swimming and Parent/Child Activity
3:00 – Joint Parent/Child Adoption Session
3:30 – Closing
4:00 – Farewells

Contact Pame Chow, camp registrar, with any questions.

Camperships are available!

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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
pamec@holtinternational.org

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

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Mission

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?

Holt Adoptee Camp operates in five states: Oregon, California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and New Jersey. We serve International and Domestic Adoptees, and their families, ages 5-17. With our Volunteer Program, we serve adult Adoptees over the age of 18.

Holt Adoptee Camp maintains focus on fun and community, just like any other summer camp! What makes this camp special, is that we have built in an Adoptee curriculum that provides space for Adoptees to discuss, share, and build identity among their peers. Another unique and important aspect of the camp is that everything 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 for 40 hours before camp begins. We're committed to keeping the camper physically and emotionally safe, so they can fully benefit from the camp experience.

We are looking for enthusiastic adult adoptees to be camp staff with us this summer. The staff is required to work with Holt for five weeks between July - August. This time includes one week of staff training before camps begin. Once the camp season is under way, we’ll travel together across the country to serve hundreds of 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 2020 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
  • All travel, room and board expenses covered by Holt
  • Learn valuable skills in team building, group management, camp programming, and First Aid and CPR
  • 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

Travel

As a Holt Camp staff member, you'll have the opportunity to see five different parts of the country during our time together. While you volunteer your time, travel, room and board are all expenses covered by Holt.

Time off

While a majority of our time will be spent with campers, the staff will get 24 hours off each week to relax and recharge for the next group we’ll serve.

Every staff person will be accountable to the Camp Director, but will also be accountable to each other. As a team, we’ll be counting on one another for support, ideas, and encouragement throughout the summer.

During your time with us, you'll be either a counselor or support staff. Everyone will at some point have the opportunity to be a counselor and work directly with the kids. Enrollment for any particular week will determine who and how many will be on support. As support staff, you'll be a "floater," making sure that activities are running smoothly and counselors have what they need, and taking care of any miscellaneous tasks assigned by the director.

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 24 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 live with them in cabins with 8 campers (at the most). 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: sportsmanship, environmental stewardship, punctuality, and interaction with peers.

2. Camp Activities

  • Counselors will be assigned to teach and lead certain camp activities, based on interest and skill sets.

  • Counselors will 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 HoltCampSPC@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

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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.