Camp Rice: Korean Culture Camp for Families
ASIA Families sponsors a three-day family sleepover camp in July at Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center near Baltimore, MD. Camp Rice offers programs for children (ages 3-12), teenagers, and adults, as well as daycare for very young children.
Parents say, “I don’t know how they do it, but Camp Rice gets better every year.” One of our youngest campers said, “I love Camp Rice. It’s better than Disney!”
Who Comes to Camp Rice?
Camp Rice welcomes all adoptive families with Korean children of all ages and their siblings. This includes:
- Teens: In our separate Teen Camp, teen campers stay in cabins with adult adoptee counselors and participate in their own activities.
- Siblings who are not Korean: We welcome birth children and children from countries other than Korea and tailor activities for them.
- Young children (under 3): We offer daycare for our youngest campers.
Accommodations and Location
We are delighted to return once again to Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD about 20 minutes from Baltimore. This beautiful facility includes a five-acre farm, hiking trails, and swimming pool access.
Accommodations for family campers are comfortable hotel-style rooms which include two double-sized beds in most rooms, with generous space for roll-away beds or cribs, private bathroom with a shower, linen service, air conditioning, and free wireless Internet service in the main building
What Kid Campers Do
Days at Camp Rice are filled with classes and fun activities for children of all ages.
Children participate in classes and activities with their peer group, supervised by adult adoptee counselors and Korean American young adults. Classes include arts and crafts, Korean music and dancing (both traditional and K-pop), Korean history and culture, and cooking.
What Teen Campers Do
Teen campers are students from rising 7th graders through 12th graders by fall of the year. Teen campers stay in cabins with adult adoptee counselors and participate in separate classes and activities.
The Teen Camp experience also includes a separate campfire on Friday night and an offsite adventure, such as laser tag or paint ball.
What About Parents?
Camp is not just for kids! Parents attend classes, participate in small group discussions with other parents, meet one-on-one with adult adoptees, and even learn to dance and sing.
Parents join their children for meals, free time, evening performances, and all-camp presentations. There's also child-free time for walks along the trails, morning exercise class, or just relaxing in the rocking chairs and chatting with friends.
Presentation from Camp Rice 2016: What's in Your Child's Emotional Backpack?
Our guest speaker, Karin Price, helped us understand identity development, including racial identity development, and provided strategies for supporting our children through this process.
Free Time and Fun
In addition to scheduled classes and programs, Camp Rice includes free time for families to relax and have fun. Some of the favorite fun-time activities are:
- Pool afternoons on Thursday and Friday
- Family campfire on Thursday night
- Family game night on Friday
Don't Forget the Food!
Pearlstone provides delicious and healthy buffet-style meals that showcase the fresh fruits and vegetables from their farm. All meals include vegetarian/vegan options, allergen-free alternatives, and child-friendly selections. During the day you can stop by the beverage station for unlimited coffee, juice and tea.
Camp Rice also offers Korean cooking lessons for both children and adults, with ample opportunity to sample your favorite K-foods.
Register Today for
Camp Rice 2017
Check in: Thursday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m.
Closing ceremony: Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center
5425 Mount Gilead Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Fees for 2017
- Adults, children, and teen campers: $360 each
- Young children (under 3): $180 each
- Day Camp options: $75-$105 per day
These fees cover only a portion of camp costs. Thank you to our generous donors who make it possible to offer these discounted rates.
We also offer financial assistance.
Camp registration or medical forms: email Mary Anne Wylie
All other questions: email Grace Song