Heritage Camp FAQ's

HERITAGE CAMP 2013 IS COMING!

Where is Heritage Camp?
When is Heritage Camp?
How old does my child have to be to attend?
Does my child have to be adopted to attend?
How are the camps/classes divided?
What does a typical day at Heritage Camp look like?
What do we eat at Heritage Camp?
How Much Does Camp Cost?
What is included in the cost of Heritage Camp?
How do I register?
Do I need to be a member of FFIC to attend Heritage Camp?
How do I become a volunteer?
Will I be able to volunteer in my child’s classroom?



Where is Heritage Camp?
Location: Heritage Camp 2014 is at Knapp Forest Elementary School - 4243 Knapp Valley Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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When is Heritage Camp?
Heritage Camp is held the 3rd full week of June on Tuesday-Friday of camp week from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. each day.


How old does my child have to be to attend?
Our youngest Heritage Campers must be turning 4 by the upcoming December 1 of the camp year AND fully potty trained to attend our Multi-Cultural Preschool Camp.


Does my child have to be adopted to attend?
We welcome interested siblings of adopted children in any of our camps. We believe that sharing this experience between adopted and non-adopted family members promotes understanding and strengthens families. Because of age differences of siblings they may or may not be able to attend the same class, but we are committed to helping you find the camp and classes that best fit your family’s needs.


How are the camps/classes divided?
Preschoolers may attend our Multi-Cultural Preschool Camp. Children ENTERING Kindergarten through 6th grade in the coming fall typically attend the camp of their/their sibling’s birth culture and those ENTERING 7th-9th grade in the coming fall may attend our Multi-Cultural Teen Camp. Larger camps like China and Korea have one or more classes for each grade. Smaller camps are grouped into multi-age classes as appropriate. 


What does a typical day at Heritage Camp look like?
Each day includes a multi-cultural assembly, playground time, lunch time and music. Classroom time varies based on age, camp and curriculum and includes cultural lessons incorporating books, writing, language, crafts, food, clothing, games, dancing, music and much more.


What do we eat at Heritage Camp?
Each day a different ethnic lunch is served and is included in your registration fee. Many campers and volunteers look forward to these delicious meals each year but if you have a picky eater or a child with dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to send a sack lunch from home for any/all days of camp.


How Much Does Camp Cost?
By using volunteers we have been able to keep camp costs very low, in comparison with similar camps. Current camp fees are $130 per camper for Teen Camp and $110 per camper for all other camps.  All registrations must include full payment of camp fees.


What is included in the cost of Heritage Camp?
Each camper receives a camp t-shirt, most classroom supplies, lunch each day and all camp activities. Many beautiful cultural items are available at our International Marketplace for an additional charge. 


How do I register?
You can register on line or my mail. You can find more information and downloads on our camp page. Class sizes may be limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The registration deadline is April 1. In order to allow time for volunteers to make this a quality experience for our children, NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Do I need to be a member of FFIC to attend Heritage Camp?
Yes. Not a member? Not a problem. Joining or renewing is easy, before camp or along with your camp registration. Become a FFIC Member, click here.


How do I become a volunteer?
Many volunteers are needed to make Heritage Camp a success, and some jobs begin for the next year as soon as camp is over! You may contact the Heritage Camp Co-Directors with your questions and requests to volunteer at any time during the year. Or, you may choose to wait and fill out the volunteer registration form along with your child’s Heritage Camp Registration. All volunteers must have state background checks performed to be eligible to hold a camp volunteer position. Teens may apply to volunteer if they are above Teen Camp age (going into 10th grade or older) and by submitting the appropriate application and references. You can find more information and downloads on our camp page.


Will I be able to volunteer in my child’s classroom?
Many volunteers are placed in their child’s classroom but the safety and well-being of campers and the needs of the camp as a whole are always the first priority in making these types of decisions. The registration and volunteer coordinators do their best to ensure that ever volunteer is placed in a position they will enjoy and where they will feel comfortable.