Water wars. Laser shows. Slip and slide kickball, obstacle courses, and hiking to caves. It’s not a day at an adventure-themed amusement park; it’s a day at WACAP family camp.
This week, dozens of WACAP families are gathered in at the Sun Lakes Park Resort for five days of celebrating adoptive families. Parents have the opportunity to discuss adoption-related topics with WACAP staff, while their kids bond over water balloons and bike rides. There’s an epic bingo game, an all camp dance (with glowsticks!) and the legendary family camp talent show. For four generations of WACAP families, it’s a definite summer highlight.
This sun filled extravaganza wouldn’t be possible without the help of a generous volunteer committee that spends countless hours making it happen. Together they plan activities, tackle logistics, gather supplies, and make camp a positive experience for all.
Arik Korman, lead volunteer, manages the timeline and meeting schedule to keep everything running smoothly before, during, and after family camp. Arik is dad to a 9-year-old-son adopted from Korea.
Kendra Yoshimoto has an eye for detail like no one else, and puts together an amazing carnival for the younger kids, complete with games, prizes, and popcorn! Kendra adopted her 12-year-old daughter from Korea.
Kris Aamot gets everyone where they need to be, by coordinating the registration and assigning cabin numbers. Kris is dad to 5 daughters, 4 of them adopted from China.
Vic Bloomfield is camp’s chief adventurer. He leads a hike to the Lake Lenore caves, and coordinates volunteer assignments for all of the camp activities. Vic is dad to a seventeen-year-old son from Korea.
Robyn Ingham is full of fun and creative ideas, and puts together an eclectic and exciting silent auction. Proceeds from the auction support WACAP programs! Robyn’s 13-year-old daughter is adopted from China.
Amelia Aamot, teen center coordinator, is simply Wonder Woman. She not only runs the late night teen center, she coordinates and supervises activities for the tweens in the afternoon, makes the name badges, and brings incredible energy and creativity to the table. Amelia was adopted from China, and is now studying education at Seattle University.
Thank you to all of these fantastic and committed volunteers, along with the many others who contribute to making family camp such a beloved WACAP tradition.
If you are interested in learning more about WACAP’s work for children, or how you can get involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: WACAP Development Writer Meg Alley. Image Source and Design: WACAP.