Adopteen Camp-Conference - Colorado Springs, CO
July 8-13, 2019
Adoptees 13+

Overnight Camp - $725/Camper
Day Camp - $550/Camper

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 10th

What is the Adopteen Camp-Conference?

At Adopteen, you will have the opportunity to share in the lives of the amazing individuals who make up the vibrant adoptee community.

The Adopteen Camp-Conference provides an environment that promotes exploration of self within community. It is an event highlighted by small and large group activities, meaningful reflection, fun excursions, and a variety of other activities that will make your Adopteen experience unforgettable. It is a rare opportunity for you to develop closer relationships with fellow adoptees and continue your own journey of self-exploration with adoptees from all over.

It’s the time of your life. Let us prove it to you.

If you have been with us for a while, you'll notice that Adopteen 2019, and Adopteen Colorado more specifically, is a departure from the normal routine. This year, we're offering more choices than ever for anyone to join in the fun. After years of requests for a longer camp, we have decided to test out a 6-day, 5-night experience for Adopteen Colorado. We believe that a 6 day camp will allow campers more breathing room, more time to adjust and get to know all their fellow campers.

This year we are also introducing Day Camp! This is an opportunity for campers that are new to our program, local to the area, or visiting with their parents to participate in all of the planned programming that Adopteen has to offer, while returning home or staying off campus at the end of each day, instead of bunking with other campers on-campus each night. Day campers will, aside from the first and last days, check in at 8 am and check out at 8 pm every day.

Adopteen Colorado Details and FAQ

What are you doing in Colorado Springs?

Though we don't have a completely finalized schedule (look out for that in January!), you can download a sample overview program schedule and see how our Camps generally look!

Topics for workshops held throughout the week will be chosen by YOU from a list that our Adopteen committee has created. These short classes will be roughly 30 minutes, highly interactive, and touch on topics of interest to you. Past Camp-Conferences have included presentations about: What is the Adoption Process, Survival 101, Dancing, Fashion of Chinese Minorities. If you have suggestions for possible topics, please email us and let us know! After all, learning about something you care about is probably a lot more fun than learning about something you don’t.

Each Conference includes a couple group discussions, where the topics and direction are dictated by you. These discussions may take on various different forms, with some facilitated in a large group setting and others in a small group setting.

Each Camp-Conference includes at least two "excursions", where we will visit local attractions decided upon by your Adopteen Organizing Committee.

The rest of the Camp-Conference is really an excess of bonding, team-building, and hang out time, with a whole bunch of having-fun thrown in here and there :)

Where are we staying?

Adopteen Colorado 2019 is staying at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in their Alpine Valley Residence Halls.

Alpine Valley accommodates three to four people in a suite-style room with a shared bathroom.

Linens are not provided.

If I have friends coming, can I request a roommate?

Absolutely! With a couple of notes:

  • At Alpine Valley, we can only guarantee that one roommate will be in the same room as you. Since accommodations are for three to four people in a suite-style, if you have multiple request, they will still be in the same suite, but not the same room.
  • We can only honor roommate requests when they are requested by both people.
  • Please note that unless specifically requested under special circumstances, the people in your small group will not be the same people you request as roommates. We try to specifically separate roommates so that campers can meet as many people as possible - camp isn't as fun if you're always with the same people! Relax - you will only be with your small groups for a small amount of time over the entire camp.

How do I get there?

Please provide your travel itinerary to us as soon as it is finalized. We will provide pick-ups and drop-offs mainly from Colorado Springs Airport (COS), with limited rides available for Denver International Airport (DIA). We will coordinate pickups to drive as many campers as we can in one trip, so you may be asked to wait a while, depending on your flight arrival time - please note that this is especially true if flying into DIA.

All airport rides will meet campers at Passenger Pick-up and drop-off at Departures. We will not be able to park and meet campers inside the airport or take campers through security for drop-off. For this reason, we are unable to accommodate any campers traveling with Unaccompanied Minor status. Please see Unaccompanied Minor for more info.

What does the registration fee cover?

Your registration fee covers accommodations, transportation, activities, and all of your meals for the entire camp (only dinner on the first day, and only breakfast on the last day). Essentially, your fee covers everything except flight ticket/road-trip gas and personal spending.

How old do I have to be to attend the Adopteen Camp-Conference?

Camp-Conferences are for adoptees age 13 and up. Although there is no upper age limit, ages for campers range from 13 to around 20.Aside from the fact that Adopteen is a teen-centered program, this age limit accounts for the nature of the discussions and workshops that may occur during the week of activities, which can touch on topics that may be harder to relate to for our younger friends.

In the past, we have had mature 12 year olds attend our events, and older adoptees are absolutely encouraged to attend. 20 years old? 22? 26? We try to make our Camp-Conferences substantial and meaningful for everybody. The unique energy and environment of Adopteen would not be what it is without the insight and participation of older adoptees.

We encourage families with younger adoptees to take a look at our tentative program schedules and decide if it is something they believe they could actively engage in every day, and if Day-Camp may be an option, or if it may be better to hold off another year. Days at Adopteen are long and occasionally one of our younger attendees will have a hard time with the schedule, especially if they have never attended an overnight camp before.

What is Day-Camp?

Day-camp provides the opportunity to enjoy Adopteen without sleeping on campus.

Day campers will check in and out, aside from the first and last days, at 8 AM and 8 PM, respectively. On the first day, they will check in with the rest of camp as early as 11:30 AM and check out at 8 PM. On the last day, they will check in at 8 AM and check out with the rest of camp as late as 12:00 PM.

Please note: If you register for day-camp, you cannot change to overnight camp after the registration deadline, or in the middle of the conference.

Should I register for Day-Camp or Overnight Camp?

Regularly scheduled events will take place mainly within the hours (between 8 AM and 8 PM) that day campers are on campus. The decision to register for either camp should be considered carefully. When we decided to add Day-Camp to our slate of options this year, it was mainly due to one concern: camp accessibility. Each year, we have parents of campers that either live locally, can't afford our overnight camp price, or are not yet experienced with sleeping away from their parents.

Regularly scheduled Adopteen events will happen mainly within the hours (between 8 AM and 8 PM) that day campers are on campus, so day campers will not miss out on much Adopteen content. However, in the spirit of complete transparency - so much of Adopteen and the impact that it has comes in the late night unstructured games and social time. Campers bond with their roommates and other campers during this time, and so it is possible that day campers experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when they are required to check out at 8 PM each night - it may be difficult for them to leave the friends they make during the day and miss out on what is happening that night.

When should I get there?

Drive-in drop-offs can arrive as early as 11:30AM, July 8th and as late as 1:30 PM.

Flight arrival times can be as early as 11:00 AM, July 8th and as late as 1:00 PM.

When should I leave?

Drive-in pick-ups can leave as early as 11:00 AM, July 13th and as late as 12:00 PM.
Flight departure times can be as early as 2:00 PM, July 13th and as late as 3:00 PM (The last airport drop-off will leave Alpine Valley at 12:00, so campers with later flights may wait at the airport for their departure)

What about my parents?

As you know, our Adopteen events do not provide any activities for parents. Don't get us wrong; We love parents! We just don't want them hanging around. ;)

Stay tuned for our list of Adopteen recommended hotels and things to do in the area!

Do teens of all ages do activities together all the time?

Not necessarily. There will be times where we will subdivide the large group into age-relevant, smaller groups for discussions, games, and other fun activities as topics of interest are bound to change between age groups.

Is it co-ed?

Yes. Adopteen is for everyone – discussions and activities will all be co-ed. Different genders will be assigned to separate rooms, though they will usually be on the same floor.

Will I fit in if I have never attended before?

“Brand new” is fantastic. Although we do have returning campers, many attendees are new and strangers to the Adopteen experience. The entire goal of the Camp-Conference is building connections. We want everyone to come in as strangers and leave as best friends. We want to reach as many adoptees as we can.

Adopteen would be nothing without the support of a strong network of adoptees and it is extremely exciting and gratifying to watch the Adopteen community continue to grow. That being said, the experience every year is new for everyone – new places, new topics, new activities, and new friends.

Being new should not be a factor in your decision on whether or not to hang out with us! Adopteen would not be the same without the inspiring new individuals we meet every year and we can’t wait to meet you!

How will recent adoptees fit in?

The Adopteen Camp-Conference is open to all teens who are adopted. We have teens attend from all over North America and even a couple other countries (so far), some who were adopted when they were 17 years old and others who were adopted as infants. Admittedly, the teens who were adopted when they were younger make up the majority of our attendees, but a significant number of our campers were adopted more recently.

Whatever the situation, we always try our best to make sure that everyone has a blast every event! It is important to us that we incorporate diverse experiences from all of our adoptees.

Will adoptees with special needs fit in?

We certainly think so. However, we do recognize that, depending on the special need, certain activities throughout the week may be challenging. The decision is up to you and your parents, as you know your situation best. Having said that, you will be responsible for any special resources that you may need to participate in the various activities during the conference; e.g. signers, wheelchair, medication, etc. Although we hope to offer these resources in the near future, we currently do not have the ability to provide them.

Please let us know what we can do to help or if you have any further questions.

Do I have to participate in something that makes me feel uncomfortable?

No, absolutely not. We understand that certain topics that surface during the Camp-Conference are not everyday topics of conversation and that contributing to these discussions can be difficult. Your participation in such scenarios is completely up to you.

Of course, in such discussions, you are not obligated to share your thoughts, but participating as an active listener is far more fulfilling than sitting out entirely. Honestly, we feel that these teen-focused conversations are, without question, what makes the Adopteen Camp-Conference experience invaluable and worthwhile.

With Adopteen, respect is everything. Please try your best to be attentive and invested during discussions and activities throughout the week.

How much pocket money should I bring?

Every meal will be covered from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day. Your basic meals are covered, and snacks will be provided throughout the event. We will be going on a few excursions where they may have gift shops, so bring money if you prefer, but it is not required.