Culture camps exist to offer adopted children and their families the opportunity to learn about their birth cultures by teaching them about culture, history, and adoption heritage.
The camps often address intolerance and character as well. Most culture camps enrich cultural literacy by including physical activities, world music, and crafts. By nature they accommodate different learning styles. Traditionally, a culture camp brings together adopted children and their families from a large geographical area together with the intent of sharing their experiences with each other. Some camps offer sleep away camp settings while others only offer day camps.
Perhaps your child yearns to know children who “look like them” because they are the only child in their class with dark skin or Asian eyes. This is still common in today’s society no matter how much we try to pretend it is not.
But what if your children are just too young to attend a culture camp, but interested in learning about their culture or making friends from the same region or orphanage? What happens when the camp dates don’t work with the family schedule? What options do you have when camp doesn’t fit into the family budget?
How do you integrate culture into your children’s lives when they don’t want to have anything to do with it? Do you sneak it in with fantastic cooking? Do you read great literature with them? Or do you make them sit down and learn about their history?
Grown in My Heart: An Adoption Network, has just the solution for you. They are introducing a new resource for adoptive families, an e-Book: A Culture Camp for Kids: What to do when they can’t do (or they don’t want to). This eighty-page resource features countless activities, crafts, games, food and other ideas for the adoptive parent to develop a culture camp that fits the needs of her child and family. One dollar of every sale will go to NDFH, a foundation in China with the mission of providing lifesaving surgeries and homes for orphans with special needs. Check it out.