Summer Fun: Enjoy the ultimate camping experience for your child or teen at Camp Clio August 8-21, 2021 hosted by YMCA Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Connecticut. Camp Clio is an "old fashioned" summer camp where children and counselors who are adopted share cabins in "Camp Clio Village." The camp is exclusively for adoptees - a safe, non-judgmental environment where campers who are adopted can explore their adoption stories because everyone in the cabin is "just like me." Days are spent sharing all the fun activities and programs with non-adopted YMCA campers. On the weekends, there will be a light adoption program led by C.A.S.E. staff. There are two camperships available - so if you have siblings, bid on both!
A parent of a participant recently wrote: "I cannot speak highly enough of our Camp Clio experience (or of Sandy and her husband Peter). Our experience with Camp Clio has been life-altering for our daughter. She was adopted from China, and struggles with issues related to identity, race, and self-esteem. Being able to attend a camp, where there are other kids who have shared a similar experience is therapeutic for her. Adoption is the shared bond for these kids, but the camp itself is really fun, and allows kids to just be kids. The campers keep coming back year after year for a reason - it really is that good!"
Campers must be 9-14 years old and adopted either domestically, internationally or through foster care.