What is Adoption Family Camp?
It is a unique gathering of adoptive families from around Washington and around the country. We all get together as one group, to have fun, get to know one another, and provide an environment for all adoptees where adoption is the norm, not the exception.
This is a place that families have come to year after year because of the friendships and bonds that are formed. Everyone at camp has a family touched by adoption, so all adoptees and parents will have that in common.
Moreover, it is a place where kids feel safe to just be kids. They can play and roam around the resort, where all the families and kids look after one another. It’s a great way to unplug and get away from devices, phones, email, and other distractions and be outside in nature. Many of our families find it a great way to get closer like we used to do pre-smart phones.
Any adoptive family can attend, no matter how your family was formed or where you're from—come one, come all. You're welcome whether you are an adoptee, parents of an adopted child, a biological sibling, or birth parent. The whole family is invited.
Sun Lakes has a small snack bar, as well as a store with camping essentials. It also has other on-resort activities such as: miniature golf, marina, rowboats, paddle boards, and pedal boats for rent (life jackets available), Water Wars with water balloons, a golf course, gift shop (with award-winning fudge!), and a small swimming beach.
What to pack
Cabins at Sun Lakes have beds, bedding, towels, and air conditioning. You bring your own cooking supplies, plus whatever you need to enjoy activities at camp. These items may include: Bikes and helmets, swimming gear, sports equipment for games and clinics, lawn chairs, and more.
See this suggested packing list for a preview; we'll remind you of what to pack closer to camp.
We have been getting together since 1986 here at Sun Lakes Park Resort in Eastern Washington.
In the past, WACAP, an adoption agency that merged with Holt International in 2019, had helped run the camp, but now we are a fully independent organization open to any adoptive family from anywhere.
How to get to Family Camp
Driving directions are below. If flying in from out of State, we suggest flying into either SEATAC and following the Seattle directions or Spokane International.
From Seattle: Take I-90 East to Hwy 283 North towards Ephrata. At Soap Lake, turn North on Hwy 17. The resort is 17 miles north of Soap Lake. Look for the Sun Lakes State Park sign, take a right, and go down the hill. At the bottom, turn right into the Resort (to the left is the State Park). Go to the Office/Gift Shop near the lake to sign in. (3 - 3.5 hours)
From Spokane: Take Hwy 2 West until 2 miles past Coulee City, then take Hwy 17 South approximately 3 miles, turn left at the Sun Lakes State Park sign, and follow the directions above. Approx (2 hours)