From Light of Day Stories – Heritage and Culture Camps: Why Do They Matter?
“One is surely the opportunity for an adopted child or teenager to be surrounded by other kids like them. Not having to explain about being adopted, or about why they look different from their parents–it’s a relief to be among others who understand.”
While I am not an international adoptee, nor a transracial adoptee, and never attended a camp specifically for adopted children (they didn’t exist), summer camp mattered to me for the same reason as Maureen so eloquently noted above.
By the end of the first day of summer camp, somehow, all the adoptees would have found each other, some from earlier years, others new to the camp that year. We spent the week together, united because we were all adopted, an exclusive club. Looking back – it was just a natural coming together that helped all of us.
Same – not different.
Regardless of the fact that throughout school my best friend was also adopted, I treasured my yearly trips to summer camp, because I could spend time with other adoptees. I wasn’t alone.
Being with other adoptees has always mattered, a lot.