Adopteen Midpoint - Conyers, GA
February 16-18, 2019
Adoptees 13+


Camp Westminster
Conyers, GA

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 21st

What is the Adopteen Camp-Conference?

At two days and three nights long, with a max of 50 adoptees, we like to think of Midpoint as the short and sweet Adopteen Camp-Conference. There are more differences than that, however. Whereas the Adopteen Camp-Conferences typically explore the surrounding area in two day long trips, Midpoints focus all their fun on campus. We think it's the cozier version of our Camp-Conference, with a greater percentage of our time spent getting to know each camper. Even though camp will feel like it went by in a flash, you'll leave feeling like you knew everyone, with your heart full to bursting with amazing Adopteen times and family.

Adopteen Midpoint - Georgia Details and FAQ

What are you doing in Conyers?

Please see our finalized schedule here - program schedule - and see what Camp will look like this year!

Topics for workshops held throughout the weekend 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. 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 Midpoint includes a discussion, 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.

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

Midpoint is a little different from Camp-Conferences in that we do not go on excursions - we will be on the camp grounds the entire time, doing amazingly fun things like climbing, horseback riding, bonfires, and other camp style activities.

Where are we staying?

Adopteen Midpoint 2019 is staying at Camp Westminster in cabins that will sleep up to thirteen campers each.

Linens are not provided.

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 from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). We will coordinate pickups to pick up as many campers as we can in one trip, so you may be asked to wait a while, depending on your flight arrival time.

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 Midpoint?

Midpoint is for adoptees age 13 and up. 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 hit 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.

When should I get there?

Drive-in drop-offs can arrive as early as 11:30AM, February 16th and as late as 1:30 PM.

Flight arrival times can be as early as 11:00 AM, February 16th and as late as 1:00 PM.

When should I leave?

Drive-in pick-ups can leave as early as 11:00 AM, February 18th and as late as 12:00 PM.
Flight departure times can be as early as 2:00 PM, February 18th 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.