Pact Family Adoption Camp


Our annual Pact Family Camp West July 3rd -July 8th 2018, in Tahoe City, CA is sold out.

New Camp Families:

So many first-time campers have told us that coming to Pact Family Camp is a life-changing experience! We are committed to making sure that new families have this experience every year. We hold 30% of available spaces for new families and first-time campers receive a $250 discount on registration fees.


We strive to make Pact Family Camp as accessible as possible to all families. Approximately 30% of the families at Pact Family Camp receive subsidies from our scholarship fund, paid for by donations and grants. In 2017, low-income families paid as little as $100 per family member to attend. Awards are determined by reviewing each family’s resources. Priority is given to those who apply by November 15. To apply, complete and return the Scholarship Application.

Our original Pact Family Camp sells out every year. Nestled among the trees near Lake Tahoe, CA, Pact Family Camp West offers children, teens, and adults not only transformative learning experiences within “brave spaces,” but the chance to relax together in a beautiful setting, have fun, and build friendships with other families who know where they’re coming from.

“Having the opportunity to share the joys of being adoptive parents in an environment that was equal parts challenging and supportive made us feel connected and also pushed our thinking in some profound ways. But the highlight for me was seeing both of my children develop deep bonds with their counselors, who were also adoptees of color and just amazing role models.”

– Chip, adoptive parent

Pact Family Camp West, July 3-8, 2018, is an annual, five-day event that brings together families with adopted children of color from across the country to share experiences, learn from experts, and build community. All the camp counselors and most of the featured speakers are people of color, and most have a personal connection to adoption. In recent years Pact Family Camp has expanded welcoming both birth/first parents and adult adoptees of color, which has greatly enriched the experience for all participants.

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Pact Camp West is held at the charming and well-appointed Granlibakken Resort. You will stay in a comfortable, hotel-style room, with daily room service, and be provided with three generous meals a day. The site, within walking distance of beautiful Lake Tahoe, offers individual hotel-style rooms for families along with upgrade options such as rooms with kitchens as well as townhouses and multi-room suites. Amenities include a heated swimming pool and hot tub, a small fitness room, and even a spa where you can book an appointment for a massage. The resort is surrounded by walking trails; while many campers remain on the resort grounds the entire time, a pleasant hike brings you to Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Tahoe City, as does a five-minute drive.

We expect approximately 100 families in 2018, including extended family members as well as birth/first family members and adopted adults and foster care alums.

The entire Pact staff will be on site to make sure camp goes smoothly, including Pact Executive Director Beth Hall. Deana Matthews will be back for her 8th year as Camp Director, and over 50% of the counselors will be returning as well. You can count on this highly experienced team to deliver a well-organized and thoughtfully-developed program!

"Pact Camp is the one place each year where all of the aspects that make up our family are welcomed and accepted. We don’t need to put any parts of us away. We are actually asked to bring all the parts of us forward for full expression. This is true for our kids as well as for us as adults….Honestly, this is where I will be most understood, most supported, and most challenged to see as many aspects of a situation as I can so I can go back and parent as consciously and bravely and tenderly as I can. We have travelled across the country for 6 years to go to Pact Camp because there is nowhere else we can get this comprehensive an experience for our family that holds so many identities."

– Beth, Takoma Park, MD

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