2020 Camp Cancelled

We regret to announce that our Heart & Seoul Camp is cancelled for this summer.

This decision was the result of the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on both South Korea and the United States.  As you know, our camp is centered around the SIWA students, and they are unable to travel this year.  We opted not to proceed without them.

We hope to return in 2021, but we need your help.  If you are interested in joining the planning team, let us know.  The best way to reach us is via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HeartandSeoulKoreanCamp/

We also recommend that you follow the Facebook page for Love the Children of Rochester, Inc. (LTCR).  LTCR’s mission is to connect Korean adoptees and their families with each other, and to sponsor cultural education programs and respond to the needs of children of Korean heritage.  LTCR’s Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LTCRochester/

If you are looking for other Korean camps, we suggest you look at one of the following programs:



2019 Camp Schedule


We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, where you will see pictures and all the latest updates.

Here is the schedule for this year:

Friday Jul 12, 4:00-7:00 pm
– Check-in, 3:30-4:00 pm
– Pasta Dinner, 5:15 pm

Saturday Jul 13, *1:00-4:30 pm
(*later start time than last year)
– Check-in, 12:30-1:00 pm

Sunday Jul 14, 1:00-4:30 pm
– Check-in, 12:30-1:00 pm
-Korean Dinner, 3:15 pm

Registration is Open!

Family Camp Registration for 2019 is now open.

Heart & Seoul Family Camp will take place at McQuaid Jesuit High School (1800 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618).

Friday (7/12/2019) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday (7/13/2019) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday (7/14/2019) from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer.

Online Registration Now Closed

Registration is now closed.  We look forward to seeing you at Camp!

Camp Dates Announced

group photoWe are excited to announce dates for Heart and Seoul Camp this summer.  As in the past, we will hold camp from Friday through Sunday, with camp beginning in the evening on  July 6, 2018, and concluding on July 8, 2018.  As in prior years, camp will be held at McQuaid Jesuit.

The Sookmyung University students have already started preparing the classes so it should be another great year.  Stay tuned for updates.  Be sure to follow our page on Facebook, and subscribe to our email newsletter.

If you are interested in hosting this year let us know.  The students will be with host families from July 3-11, 2018.

We would also welcome any interested volunteers to join our planning team as we prepare for camp this summer.

You can contact us via the link on this page or through our Facebook page.

Registration for 2017 is Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now “live.”   There is a link at the end of this post, which will take you to Camp’s registration page on the McQuaid website.

Camp will be held on the weekend of July 7-9th at McQuaid Jesuit High School 1800 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

  • Friday July 7thcamp runs 4PM-8PM with a family gathering and opening ceremony, dinner, and games for the kids.
  • Saturday July 8thcamp will run from 10AM-4PM with classes led by students from Sookmyung University in Seoul and a variety of options for adult participants.  While children are in engaged in activities, parents will have an opportunity to select workshops geared towards issues related to adoption and attend Korean culture classes for adults.
  • Sunday July 9th camp will be run from 1PM-6PM with more classes and a catered Korean banquet at 4:30PM.

The fees for the camp cover the cost of the banquet, participant t-shirts, and supplies, and expenses related to hosting the SIWA volunteers from Sookmyung University.

Families are encouraged to participate in the camp together.  The registration fee for families of up to four people is $150.  For larger families it is $25 for each additional person.

We understand that parents may not be able to attend the camp so individual campers can also be registered.  The fee for individual campers is $40.

Participants age 13-18 are CITs and Junior Counselors.  They can either be registered with families or as individual CITs/Junior Counselors for $40 each.  Senior counselors that are college age or older can participate in camp for free as volunteers. We appreciate your involvement.

After registrations have been received a release form and more information will be sent via email.

We will also extend the invitation for additional guests to attend the Korean banquet for family and friends that did not participate in camp.  These banquet tickets will go on sale in June and will be $12 each.  Camp t-shirts will also be available to pre-order for family and friends that are not registered participants but that would like to have a camp shirt.

Updates about camp will be sent to all registrants.  We also encourage you to visit the camp website and follow us on Facebook.  If you have any questions about camp please contact the camp director Chris Hood chood@mcquaid.org or 585-473-1130.

The Heart and Seoul Camp planning team thanks you for your interest and looks forward to seeing you this summer!

Register Today by clicking the link below!  You will be taken to the Heart & Seoul Page on McQuaid’s Website.


Summer 2017 Dates Announced

Save the dates!  Camp will be July 7-9, 2017 at McQuaid Jesuit.  The Sookmyung University students have already started preparing the classes so it should be another great year.  Stay tuned for more updates.  Be sure to follow our page on Facebook, and subscribe to our email newsletter.heart-and-seoul-camp

2016 Schedule and Announcements

We hope you are getting excited camp.  It is a celebration of Korean culture, families, and friendship. Tomorrow the wonderful SIWA volunteers from Sookmyung University in Seoul will be coming on a train from Albany to Rochester. For the new families and participants the SIWA students teach Folktale, Language, Korea Today, History, and Dance and Music classes.  We also have Tae Kwon Do, Drumming and Games, and Cooking classes. We have a number of updates and instructions so please bear with us if this post gets a little long!

The schedule will generally be the same as in past years:

Friday, July 8th – 4 PM to 7 PM

Registration, introductions, dinner, & games

Saturday, July 9th – 10 AM to 4 PM

Camp classes

Sunday, July 10th – 1 PM to 6 PM

Camp classes, Korean food banquet at 4:30

Children/Youth Activities

One difference to note from past years is that Friday’s dinner will be catered Italian food (instead of potluck).  We do ask that if your last name starts with A-L please bring an appetizer and M-Z a dessert to share Friday night.  Campers and CITs will be getting water bottles with extras for adults if they would like to purchase one.  If you would like something else to drink besides water please bring your own beverages.

On Saturday participants should plan on bringing their own lunches in coolers.  There will be pizza available to purchase by the slice and Asian market will be selling mandu and other goodies so bring money for that if you are interested.

Also new this year on Sunday there will be a photo booth set up in the cafeteria.  The photo strips should make great souvenirs from camp.  If you would like to make a donation to offset the cost of the photo booth that would be greatly appreciated.  This year’s Sunday dinner is being catered by Butapub, so that will be a fun new twist on Korean food.

McQuaid Jesuit is located at 1800 Clinton Avenue South, Rochester 14618.  The best entrance to use is the one furthest from Elmwood Avenue and closest to the Tops plaza.  We will have signs at the entrance.

Please complete the registration form, which is available to download at the end of this post.  If you want to save time at the registration desk you can print it out and bring it with you on Friday.  If not we will have extra blank copies at the registration desk. We will have name tags at the registration desk and hand out camp shirts on Friday.

If you were born in 2004 or earlier and if you are in middle school or high school you are a camp CIT!  CITs play a vital part for camp serving as role models participating along with the campers and helping supervise them as well.  We ask that CITs arrive at 9:30AM at McQuaid on Friday, July 8th. We will have time for ice breakers and introductions.  This is a great time to get to know fellow volunteers as well as the students from Sookmyung University.  There will be a CIT training session and then you will help us get ready for camp.  Lunch will be provided for the CITs and SIWA members on Friday.

CITs and host families: We would like the SIWA members and CITs to be at McQuaid a half hour before camp begins, so 9:30AM on Saturday, and 12:30PM on Sunday.

If you are not a host family please take time to ask about hosting students in the future.  It is a wonderful experience.  Host families will identify themselves when we do introductions on Friday.

If you have any other questions please let me know.  We will also be posting updates on our Facebook page so you can check there as well.

Thank you in advance from the planning team.  We look forward to building community with you!

Heart and Seoul Camp Release Form


Register by Midnight on June 23rd to Pre-Order T-Shirt

Camp is less than three weeks away!  We will soon be welcoming another awesome group of SIWA Volunteers from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul.  Register by midnight this Thursday (June 23rd) to pre-order your camp t-shirts.  New logo designed by one of our campers.  You won’t want to miss out!  Register today!

Register Today for Heart and Seoul Camp

Heart and Seoul

You can find a link to our registration page by navigating to our Registration page (click tab at the top of the page), or by clicking the link below.

You will be taken to the Heart & Seoul Page on McQuaid’s Website.  Note that when you register your family, you include the number of all family members attending in the drop-down menu for “Number of Additional Registrations.”