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Holt Adoptee Camp

Holt camp is the highlight of the summer for youth adoptees.

It’s a week adoptees will never forget.

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 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.

Eligible participants: This program is available to all international, transracial or transcultural adoptees ages 9-17.

In California this summer, Holt will also hold two day camps held over three days for adoptees of the same age group.

Learn more about Holt’s overnight and day camps below and contact Pame Chow, camp registrar, at [email protected] with any questions.

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18062 Keasey Road
Vernonia, OR 97064

Overnight Camp
July 13-16, 2022

Oregon

Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, Vernonia, Oregon

Cedar Ridge Retreat is in the gorgeous coastal range of northern Oregon about 45 minutes from Portland, west on highway 26 and then north on highway 47 to Vernonia. This venue is open year-round and serves various groups, including sports teams, rental groups and host events for organizations.

Note: Some extra activities listed on the camp location’s website may not be available during Holt’s camp week (e.g. ropes course activities, etc.).


W294 N8436 Camp Whitcomb Road
Hartland, WI 53029

Overnight Camp
July 17-21, 2022

Wisconsin

Camp Whitcomb-Mason, Hartland, Wisconsin

Located in Harland, Wisconsin approximately 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Camp Whitcomb-Mason offers group accommodations within 300 acres of natural features, such as hills, fields, wetlands and forests.

Note: Some extra activities listed on the camp location’s website may not be available during Holt’s camp week (e.g. boating activities, ropes course activities, etc.).


5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Day Camp
July 22-24, 2022

California

California Day Camp A
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California

The Santa Clara Convention Center is a one-of-a-kind facility located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Note: Some extra activities listed on the camp location’s website may not be available during Holt’s camp week (e.g. boating activities, ropes course activities, etc.).

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575 Prairie Lane
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Day Camp
July 28-30, 2022

California Day Camp B
Big Bear Lake Christian Conference Center, Big Bear Lake, California

What began as a Christian camp for Presbyterian churches in Southern California has now turned into a year-round operation. Today, Big Bear Lake Christian Conference Center serves many types of organizations (both religious and non-religious) that are looking for a relaxing and renewing lakeside retreat.

Note: Some extra activities listed on the camp location’s website may not be available during Holt’s camp week (e.g. boating activities, ropes course activities, etc.).


445 Mechlin Corner Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867

Overnight Camp
August 1-5, 2022

East Coast

Camp Tecumseh, Pittstown, New Jersey

The Salvation Army’s Camp Tecumseh is located on almost 400 acres of rolling hills in rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey. We are visited each year by more than 900 children!

Note: Some extra activities listed on the camp location’s website may not be available during Holt’s camp week (e.g. boating activities, ropes course activities, etc.).

Highlights of Holt Camp in Oregon

Check out some of the fun times we had at the 2018 Holt Adoptee Camp in Oregon!

FAQs About Holt Adoptee Camp

Become a Camp Counselor

Enjoy the fun of being a staff member at Holt Adoptee Summer Camps. Benefits include:

  • Being part of an adoptee community
  • End-of-season stipend
  • Forming lifelong friendships
  • Being part of a team
  • Making a positive impact on the lives of campers
  • Learning valuable skills in team building, group management and camp programming
  • Looks great on resumes and applications for college scholarships and jobs

What does a camp counselor do?

 As a counselor at in-person camp, you’ll have many responsibilities. We’ve broken them down into two categories.

Campers

  • You’re responsible for the safety of the campers 24 hours a day, from the time 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.
  • Camp counselors will receive 30 hours of pre-camp training and will be supported in person by the camp director and the camp leadership team during the camp season.

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 as well!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for enthusiastic adult adoptees to join our camp staff over the summer. The staff will work with Holt for up to nine weeks from June to August. This time includes one week of staff training before camp begins and a mid-season break. If you are unable to commit to a full camp schedule, you can also volunteer during big events like Opening Day or Family Day. Once camp season is underway, we’ll serve hundreds of domestic, transracial and international adoptees.

Stories About Holt Adoptee Camp

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