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Holt Adoptee Summer Camp!

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

Holt’s adoptee summer camp program is available to all domestic, international, same-race, transracial or transcultural adoptees — placed through any agency — who are between the of ages of 9-17.

Learn more about Holt’s overnight camps and contact Elliot Bliss, post adoption programs lead/camp registrar, at [email protected] with any questions.


Three Exciting Things Coming to Holt Camp in 2024:

  • Counselor in Training program (CIT) – This program was created for adoptees age 18+ who are interested in being camp counselors in the future. Please see CIT section below for more information.
  • Day Camp – We are excited to reintroduce day camp at all three of our camps for the 2024 camp season. Day camp will be on Wednesdays at each camp location from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Parent Camp – An exclusive, three-session parent program this summer. Parents will have an opportunity to virtually meet and connect with Elliot Bliss (Post Adoption Services Lead), Amy Trotter (Director of Post Adoption Services) and Pam Shepard (Supervisor of Clinical Services), as well as attend an adult adoptee panel — all from the comfort of their home. 

Wisconsin Adoptee Camp

Overnight Camp

Dates: July 22 – 27, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days

Day Camp

Dates: Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Price: $175 for 2 (parent/child). $25 for additional person.

Duration: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CIT Program

Dates: July 22 – 27, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days


Location: Conference Point Center, 300 Conference Point Rd. Williams Bay, WI 53191

Description of camp venue: Located on Lake Geneva, Conference Point offers a variety of housing options and recreational activities for our group. During the camp week, we’ll spend time swimming, playing various field games, and sitting around a campfire. Holt Camp is excited to return to Conference Point for the third time. 


Oregon Adoptee Camp

Overnight Camp

Dates: July 29 – Aug. 3, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days

Day Camp

Dates: Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Price: $175 for 2 (parent/child). $25 for additional person.

Duration: 10 am – 4 pm

CIT Program

Dates: July 29 – Aug. 3, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days


Location: Camp Lutherwood, 22960 OR-36, Cheshire, OR 97419

Description: Holt Camp will be at a new campsite in Oregon in 2024. Located just 30 minutes west of Junction City, Camp Lutherwood has been hosting various groups for many decades. They create intentional experiences for people to access the outdoors for restoration, play and growth.


New Jersey Adoptee Camp

Overnight Camp

Dates: Aug. 5 – 10, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days

Day Camp

Dates: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2024

Price: $175 for 2 (parent/child). $25 for additional person.

Duration: 10 am – 4 pm

CIT Program

Dates: Aug. 5 – 10, 2024

Price: $925

Duration: 5 nights/6 days


Location: Camp Tecumseh, 445 Mechlin Corner Rd., Pittstown, NJ 08867

Description: Holt Camp is excited to be back at Camp Tecumseh for another summer! Sitting on 400 rolling acres, Camp Tecumseh offers our group a space to explore, learn, and most importantly, have fun during our time together. Campers can expect to spend time swimming, boating, hiking, doing archery, and so much more! 


Donate to Holt Camp Fund!

Your donation to the Holt Camp Fund will help support young adoptees and families grow and thrive within their community.

Highlights of Holt Camp in Oregon

Check out some of the fun times we had at a past 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 40 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!

Become a Counselor in Training (CIT)

Interested in being a Counselor in Training? Benefits include:

  • Being a role model for the campers 
  • Learning valuable skills in operations and team building
  • Learning the ins and outs of being a camp counselor 
  • Building community with youth and Adult Adoptees 
  • Looks good on a resume 

What does a counselor in training (CIT) do?

  • Assist counselor with the supervision of 2-8 campers.
  • Help staff run camp activities, games, and songs.
  • Support staff by helping keep kids engaged and attentive to the speaker during adoption talks, cabin discussions, and any performances or presentations.
  • Assist with camp operations (prep for activities, transitions, set up/clean up).
  • Support counselor and campers with conversations about racism, identity and community, birth search, etc. 

The cost of CIT is $925.

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