Transracial Journeys Family Camp

2017 Camp Details

August 10-13, 2017
Laurelville Camp & Retreat Center

(Laurel Highlands, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania)

Registration is now closed.
On this page you will find links to all the information about this year’s camp, including:

  • Registration update, July 23, 2017: We are full for this year’s camp. Check bAck on this page in the fall for details about next year’s camp.
  • Tentative camp schedule.
  • Information about the venue: accommodations, meals and facilities.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

This camp is for families with children adopted transracially. Programming is relevant to all adoptive families, but focuses particularly on issues of race and identity for children of color who are being raised transracially. We welcome ALL families and all of their children — whether adopted or not — and are committed to providing a camp atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion.

We will enjoy age-appropriate educational programming for kids and adults (including childcare for toddlers 1-3), traditional outdoor camp activities, with family free time for swimming, relaxing, sports, and other outdoor fun. We’ll gather together for provided meals and evening campfires.

Programming Updates:

We are pleased to welcome April Dinwoodie as our keynote speaker for this year’s camp! April is a trans-racially adopted person and nationally recognized thought leader on adoption, foster care and family. As Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is committed to improving the lives of everyone in the extended family of adoption through research, education and advocacy. Before joining DAI, April created a specialized mentoring program called “Adoptment,” where adults who were adopted and/or spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth currently in foster care. April is also a co-founder of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive nonprofit that helps drive innovation in the child welfare system. April shares her deeply personal experiences surrounding adoption at workshops, conferences and schools to help parents and professionals understand the many layers of adoption, identity and family. Prior to entering the non-profit world, April served as a senior level executive within the marketing and communications departments of some of the most recognized fashion retail companies in the US.

Erica Merrit photoIn addition to our keynote speaker, we will also have two guest facilitators who will lead a two-part workshop for parents on racial identity development. We are very happy to partner with Erica Merritt & Adele Kious, two of Cleveland’s most experienced and dynamic racial equity trainers. The workshop, Racing Together, will explore racial identity development in the context multi-racial families, and facilitate discussion on how we can become comfortable in our own identities while at the same time doing the work we need to do with our children of color at various developmental ages.


Families will be housed in one of three buildings (see the details here), unless there is a need for overflow accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned and include linens; hotel-style rooms have private bathrooms, and cottage-style rooms have shared bathrooms.

Facilities and Amenities:

Laurelville has a wide range of recreational opportunities on the grounds; check here for details.

Children’s Programming:

Transracial Journeys’ staff will stay with children for the early afternoon outdoor activities as well as the morning activities. On Friday or Saturday afternoon, older kids (8+) will have an option to participate in an adventure course, contingent on interest.

Todd Kennedy tumbling classes at Franklin Circle Christian Church in Ohio City

Todd Kennedy tumbling classes at Franklin Circle Christian Church in Ohio City

We are also excited to welcome back the innovative and talented Mr. Todd Kennedy and his tumbling program that combines physical movement with powerful self-esteem building activities.

Parents’ Only Lunch:

On Saturday, the school-aged children will have lunch with the counselors separately from the parents, so that parents have time to continue their conversations undistracted, and to allow for more continuity between the morning and afternoon parents’ program.

Please note: We strive to create an atmosphere of inclusion, and welcome your family regardless of race and ethnicity, marital status, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.