Friendship was founded in 1984 by the parents of Korean adopted children
in order to provide a cultural experience for their children. They believed
that such an experience would enhance their children's self-esteem while
building a sense of national pride in their heritage and it's traditions.
Friendship operates a one-week day camp during the summer for Korean-born
adoptees and their siblings entering grades k through eighth. Camp is
held during the third week of each July and takes place at the Shrine
of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ, which is about 40 minutes from New York
first year’s camp included thirty children. Since then, there have
been as many as 130 children in camp! The children enjoy classes in brush
painting, tae kwan do, drumming, dance, folklore, language, music, art
and cooking. The fundamental
goal to increase our children’s understanding of their Korean heritage.
Most of our instructors are from the Korean-American community.
ends each year with a traditional Korean banquet for our campers, instructors,
volunteers and selected guests. Following the luncheon, the children put
on a short performance for their families and all attendees demonstrating
what they've learned during the week. Each grade is involved in a part
of the performance. We encourage the children to dress up and wear their
hanboks if appropriate.