Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about Dillon’s heritage camps, weekends and family days.
Q: What is the benefit of our children attending a Heritage event?
A: Our experience over the years has taught us that adoptees who have a greater awareness and appreciation of their dual heritage grow up to be more well-rounded adults and better equipped to succeed in life. View Camp Video
Q: What is the cost to attend?
A: Heritage Camp- $130 for 1-camper / $100 per 2 campers / $90 per 3+ campers
(Registrations postmarked by April 15 may subtract a $30 early bird discount from the total registration; Registrations received within two weeks prior to the beginning of camp or on the first day of camp must add a $75 late fee to the total registration.)
Heritage Weekend- $20 per child; $30 per adult with a maximum family fee of $120
Family Day - $20 per child; $30 per adult with a maximum family fee of $120
Family Day Picnic-Free
Q: What all is included in the cost?
A: Everything for your child is included in the cost. Additional cost for camps include Parent workshops; additional Sat. lunches; nursery care; Camp Store items; additional T-shirts.
Additional costs for Weekends include T-shirts; camp store items.
Q: Does Dillon provide any assistance/camp scholarships to adoptees so that they may be able to attend a specific heritage event?
A: Yes. Please fill out Camp Scholarship Application to apply. For Camp Scholarship questions contact Rosalyn@dillonadopt.com
Q: What time do I need to have my child at the heritage event?
A: Camp registration begins at 9:30 am; weekend registration begins at 5:30 pm.
Q: My child has a food allergy and cannot have certain foods. How do you handle this?
A: You should list your child’s specific allergies in the medical section included with the registration. We will make sure that the teachers are aware of the food allergy. You can also let the teachers know on the 1st day of camp during class registrations.
Q: My child has medication that they must take during camp. How will this be handled?
A: All prescription and over-the-counter medicines must be administered by the child’s parent.
Q: What do parents do during the day?
A: We strongly recommend that parents volunteer during camp! All volunteers are required to fill out the volunteer section found in the heritage camp online registration. Parents can also take part in the parent workshops that are offered during camp.
Q: Did we have to adopt through Dillon to attend a heritage event?
A: No. Our events are open to all families who have adopted internationally regardless of placing agency.
Q: We have birth children as well. Are they able to attend the heritage event?
A: Absolutely! We strongly encourage all family members to attend and be a part of the camp/weekend/family day event.
Q: I have a child with special needs. Are you able to accommodate their needs?
A: We ask that a family fill out the medical section on the online registration prior to arriving at camp. We then prepare the teacher and assistant of the child's special needs as well as assign a teen counselor just for your child who has been prepared on how to handle your child's needs.
Q: What does my child need to wear?
A: Shorts, t-shirts, shoes… Anything comfortable and easy to run and play in. We would not recommend new clothing.
Q: Does my child need to bring any supplies?
A: No. Everything your child needs will be provided unless we notify you otherwise.
Q: How long has Dillon done these heritage events?
D: Dillon has been doing heritage camps for over 25 years!
Q: I am not sure if my child is ready to attend a day camp. Can I stay with them throughout the day?
A: We do not allow parents to stay with their child throughout camp. You are welcome to volunteer during the camp and if your child needs you or is inconsolable, we can come get you.
Q: What do I need to do to become a volunteer?
A: Click on the Register Now button on your designated heritage event page. The volunteer registration will be available in the adult registration section of the online application.
Q: Do you have hotel recommendations?
A: Yes. Click here for a list of recommended area hotels.
Q: When is Teen Counselor/CAP training?
A: Teen Counselor/CAP training is on the Wednesday before the first day of camp. Training starts at 11:00 am and goes until about 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided for the teens during the training.
Q: How old does my child have to be to be able to join the teen counselor/CAP program?
A: Teens must have graduated the 7th grade before being accepted into the CAP program.
Q: What lunches are served to the campers during camp?
A: The lunch menu is provided in the confirmation email that will be sent to you after your child’s application is sent into Dillon. In the past lunches have been:
Thursday: hotdogs, chips and lemonade
Friday: pizza, crackers, grapes and lemonade
Saturday: cultural lunch
Q: What if my child cannot eat the lunches that are served at camp?
A: We ask that if your child is unable to eat the lunches provided at camp that the camper brings a sacked lunch to eat during lunch time. Parents can bring the sacked lunch in the morning and the teacher can give the lunch to the camper during lunch time.