Adopteen Spring Day Camp
March 27-29, 2020
Adoptees 13+


The Park Adoption Community Center
6940 S. Holly Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 29th

What is the Adopteen Day Camp?

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

Although brand new, Adopteen Day Camp takes full inspiration from the Camp-Conferences of our early years. We will be jam-packing our days with acitivities from 8AM - 8PM and having the time of our lives.

For our out-of-state campers, we will have local host families providing free accommodations. With host families, we are able to keep camp registration fees low and campers are able to experience more Colorado adventures outside of camp. We love our host family model and hope that campers will, too!

Despite the shorter format, Day Camp is an amazing chance to adventure out of your comfort zone and form stronger connections than you could ever imagine with adoptees from aroudn the country. It's a super care-free camp and it's incredible.

Adopteen Day Camp Details and FAQ

What are you doing at Day Camp?

Our leadership committee has not yet finalized the schedul, but here's our schedule overview of the weekend to help give an idea of what we'll be doing!

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 workshops 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.

Group discussion 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 camp is really an excess of bonding, team-building, and hang out time, with a whole bunch of having-fun thrown in here and there :)

How do I get matched with a host family?

Both host families and campers are asked to provide some basic details about their accommodation abilities/needs and we will do our best to match campers with host families according to those requests. All of our host families are incredible voluinteers and a huge support to our Adopteen community as a whole and we know you'll have an amazing time with them!

If I have friends coming, can I request to be hosted with them?

Absolutely! With a couple of notes:

  • We will try our best to keep friends hosted together, but it will depend on how many host families are able to accommodate more than one camper. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to keep friends all together, but we will definitely try our best!

How do I get there?

If you are flying in, please provide your travel itinerary to us as soon as it is finalized. We will then connect you with your host family to start coordinating your airport pick-up.

If you are driving in and need a host family for the weekend, please let us know your travel plans as soon as possible and we will connect you with your host family to start coordinating details.

What does the registration fee cover?

Your registration fee covers all camp activities and meals during camp. If you are staying with a host family, that is free of charge as well!

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

Adopteen is 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 camps 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. Days at Adopteen run from 8am - 8pm and occasionally our younger attendees have a hard time with the schedule, and staying with a host family can be an adjustment.

What about my parents?

As you know, our Adopteen events do not provide any activities for parents. 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 if you're staying in town!

Is day camp 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. Day Camp is brand new and we can't wait to meet everyone! Although we might have campers who have attended Adopteen before, we know that most will be new to Adopteen. The entire goal of Day Camp is to build friendships and keep it simple. It's quick weekend of fun and we promise you'll leave with new best friends!

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 13 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 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 camp 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 during camp will be 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. Depending on what your host family has planned for you, you may want to bring some extra pocket money for any adventures they take you on!