Ethiopia Heritage Camp Registration Now Open!

African Cradle Ethiopian Heritage Camp

University of California, Santa Cruz
August 9 - 12, 2012

Camp Program

Join us as we gather to celebrate the beautiful and rich culture of Ethiopia and to explore how it feels to grow up as an adopted child. The theme of camp this year is FOOD.  In addition to having Ethiopian food available at all meals, we will have presentations on cooking, the origins of food, and its cultural significance in different regions of Ethiopia.  Camp 2012 will also focus on tools to help you advocate for your child in the school setting, including topics such as culturally appropriate testing, cognitive development, and accessing school resources.  

Camp Setting

Located 80 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the University of California, Santa Cruz campus lies on 2,001 acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.  Families are invited to explore Santa Cruz and the "slow coast". Highlights include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads, a wide variety of beaches, tidepools, wildlife viewing, strawberry picking... all within minutes of Heritage Camp.

Registration Open

Click here to download the Registration Packet

Registration for Ethiopian Heritage Camp is now open. Book early for greatest variety of lodging options and to receive the early registration discount. Registration closes June 1, 2012.

We hope to see you at Camp!
African Cradle, 2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 1000, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Phone: 650.461.9192     Fax: 650.215.9897     Email:
Dedicated to helping adopted children and their families build nurturing and loving
relationships through education, support and enrichment. 

Lodging Options

New this year we are offering private rooms in residence halls, shared rooms, and private apartments accomodating small to large families. In an effort to accomodate a wide range of interests we are offering each of these options, but they are limited in quantity (particularly apartments) so please book early. The registration materials include the fee chart for three nights lodging, all meals, parking and Camp fees. All of the lodging is centrally located with an easy walk of Camp activies, dining, and childcare. For more information (and virtual tours) please click here .


UC Santa Cruz Dining is nationally recognized for sustainability initiatives, including local, organic food sourcing (UCSC even has its own 25-acre farm on campus), composting, recycling, and more. As part of hosting Heritage Camp UC Santa Cruz is training staff in the preparation of Ethiopian cuisine, as part of the wide variety of daily offerings (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free dining options).

Colleges Nine & Ten

Known for its progressive, cross-disciplinary teaching methods and contemporary architecture UC Santa Cruz will provide an ideal setting for Heritage Camp, centered around two residential colleges but with access to the facilities of a large publicly-held University. College Nine's theme of International and Global Perspectives recognizes the importance of cultural competency in the 21st century. College Ten's theme is Social Justice and Community. The adjacent colleges are situated in a redwood grove near the heart of campus.  Camp guests have immediate access to hiking, jogging, and mountain bike trails in the adjacent forest.

Contact African Cradle at or
2672 Bayshore Parkway
Suite 1000
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650.461.9192

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