Adopteen Camp-Conference - Haverford, PA
July 18 - July 22, 2020
Adoptees 13+

Overnight Camp - $650/Camper

Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 19th, 2020

Apply to serve as Pennsylvania Committee Lead

What is the Adopteen Camp-Conference?

Adopteen is the only Camp-Conference in the world focused exclusively on adoptees, coordinated and led entirely by adoptees. At Adopteen, you will have the opportunity to share and connect with fellow amazing adopted individuals who make this vibrant community bright.

The Adopteen Camp-Conference delves into exploration of self within community. It is an event highlighted by small and large group activities, meaningful reflection, awesome excursions, and plenty of wild fun that makes the Adopteen experience unforgettable. It is a rare opportunity to form closer relationships with other adoptees and have the freedom to discover with no pressure.

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

Adopteen Pennsylvania Details and FAQ

What are you doing in Haverford?

We will have a finalized schedule for you in March, but here is a sample program schedule to help give an idea of how our Camps generally look!

Topics for workshops held throughout the week will be chosen by the Leadership Committee. These short classes will be roughly 30 minutes, interactive, and definitely worthy of your time (we promise). Past Camp-Conferences have included workshops like: Survival 101, What is the Adoption Process, K-Pop Dance, Home Cooking, Model Photography... 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 tourist sites decided upon by your Adopteen Leadership Committee.

The rest of the Camp-Conference is really just tons of bonding, team-building, and hang out time, with a whole bunch of random wildness thrown in here and there! :)

Where are we staying?

Adopteen Haverford is staying at Haverford College in their residence halls.

Haverford College accommodates campers in double rooms, with community restrooms on each floor.

Linens are available for purchase. We suggest bringing your own linens.

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

Absolutely! With a couple of notes:

  • At Haverford College, we can only guarantee that one roommate will be in the same room as you. If you have multiple requests, we will try our best to make sure you are close to eachother.
  • We can only honor roommate requests when they are requested by all parties.
  • 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! Don't worry - 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 Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). 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.

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 as well. 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 campers 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, July 18th and as late as 1:30 PM. If you are arriving later than this, please let us know and we will make sure you don't miss out on too much!

Flight arrival times can be as early as 10:00 AM, July 18th and as late as 1:00 PM. If you need to arrive later than this, please let us know and we will make sure we have a pick-up for you!

When should I leave?

Drive-in pick-ups can leave as early as 11:00 AM, July 22nd and as late as 1:00 PM.
Flight departure times can be as early as 1:00 PM, July 22nd and as late as 4:00 PM (our last airport drop-off will leave Haverford College at 1:00 PM)

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! Parents, stay tuned for our list of 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 your story, we always try our best to make sure that everyone has a blast every event!

Will adoptees with special medical needs fit in?

We certainly think so. However, we do recognize that, depending on the need, certain activities throughout the week may be challenging. The decision is up to you, as you know your situation best. Unfortunately, we are not trained in ASL and you will be responsible for any special resources that you may need 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.