Summer camps, either day camps or weeklong camps, for Indian, Korean, Latin American or other groups of adopted children. Some camps are extremely well run and any adoptive family could feel comfortable enrolling their child. Other camps are lacking in substance or are thinly veiled programs to promote SEARCH. Parents can best check out camps by reading camp literature and talking to other adoptive parents whose children attended camp.
The goal of the culture camp is to promote the adopted child's awareness of and pride in his native origins and also enable him or her to meet other children of the same racial and ethnic background.
Culture camps cover history, music, dance and other aspects of the child's native culture, and campers often eat foods prepared as they are in the country where the campers were born. Extra-curricular activities such as arts and crafts and recreation are usually also provided.
Korean culture camps were initially the most prominent, because until 1990, the largest population of foreign-born adopted children came from Korea.
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