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“Welcome Back, Families. We Missed You!”

The 31st Korean Heritage Camp Successfully Held in Colorado

Last week from June 16th to 19th, Korean Heritage Camp has successfully hosted their annual in-person camp at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. The camp connects adoptive families with authentic cultural experiences, experts on adoption, and families with shared experiences. This year, more than 500 people participated and volunteered in person and celebrated 31st Korean Heritage Camp in Colorado.

“Due to COVID-19, we have not been able to see each other for a very long time. It is our greatest honor to have you all back to share our cultural differences with an effort to understand each other more. We truly hope that this camp will give you unforgettable memories.”

Thanks to the outpouring of support from the Korean community – eating the food, hearing the language, playing the games, discovering the culture, and learning from Koreans about what it means to be Korean – participants had amazing time interacting with each other. There were numerous volunteers who did not hesitate to bring their home-made Korean food such as kimchi and bulgogi. Moreover, many talented volunteers also devote their time teaching participants K-pop dance and samulnori – a Korean traditional percussion quartet.

“I think what is most valuable to our family about Heritage Camps is being able to connect with others who travel the same path in life as our family. This year was even more special because we have not been able to see each other due to the pandemic. Meeting new families and sharing stories that we can relate to each other was simply wonderful,” said one of the participants.

Each camp is genuinely a family experience to understand Korean culture and make unforgettable memories. Adults attend their own workshop and benefit from opportunities to socialize and connect with other parents who have shared experiences and understanding. In addition, non-adopted siblings also attend the camp, and benefit from fun and connection with their peers, while gaining an understanding of adoption and culture. After 3 nights of celebration and reunion, participants said goodbye promising to stay in contact and see each other again at next year’s 32nd Korean Heritage Camp. For more information about Korean Heritage Camp, you can visit https://www.heritagecamps.org/korean-camp/.

Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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