Sunday, July 11, 2010

China Camp











Our adoption agency hosts a fabulous Chinese culture camp every summer. We went for the 3rd time this week and had a terrific time. China Camp is a place to meet old friends, put faces with assorted on-line friends we've never actually met, learn new things, and be a part of an amazing community. At China Camp, every family looks like ours and we don't have to explain ourselves. And for once, Katherine and Rachel don't stand our in the crowd, not with 240 other Chinese kids!




Katherine was in a class with 25 other girls (and one boy) her age, including 4 girls from her orphanage and travel group. Her buddy Sophie was there and they hung out together a lot. Sophie is a day older than Kate and they've known each other all of their lives. Katherine's class went to all sorts of fun activities - Chinese language, crafts, recreation, king fu, cooking, adoption talk, and her favorite music and dance. On the last day every class does a presentation for the parents - songs, dances, acting out folk tales, kung fu demonstrations. Katherine did a lotus dance and performed beautifully with a look of such joy on her face.




Rachel happily stayed in the nursery, where she hugged everyone and played all day. A little boy in the nursery fell in love with her and followed her around trying to kiss her. I'm not sure she was as enamored with him!




Steve and I spent a lot of time talking with other parents. It's always nice to talk to other adoptive families because our stories are often similar and our kids have the same issues. We also attending a couple of parent workshops and learned some new things.




Katherine talks about China Camp all year long. She is always axious about going, but she gets so much out of it. China Camp fills her. She leaves so happy and confident, proud of who she is and where she came from. I think it also reminds her that she is not alone. And that's worth returning year after year.

2 comments:

  1. Joy, I love reading about China camp!! I am so glad you had a great time. We leave in a week and a half for Korea camp down in Tulsa. It is a joy for us each year too. Paul and I are teaching the 1st grade class this year. All our kids will be campers for the first time!! This will be Will's 5th year and Sam's 4th. We love it for the same reasons you love China camp. Doesn't your heart just swell to look out on the sea of faces of other kids who look like yours?! :-) I love looking at the older Korean adoptees and wondering what my kids will look like at that age!!

    Thanks for sharing about your fun week! The girls are soooo precious!

    Carrie T.

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  2. So happy to have found your blog. Such cute girls! I would love to snag a copy of the China camp group pic for my blog if you don't mind. (I won't snag it until you give the ok though).
    We were at camp too, but weren't there when they took the group pics. Now that I know who you are, I'm a little embarrassed to say 'hi'. You'll remember us as the family with the not-so-patient dad at Subway one morning! In his defense though, he had been standing there 30 minutes while the girl flitted around trying to make 2 sandwiches. :-0
    Am bookmarking your blog and will check back for updates.

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