A Lot of Courage Is Needed

An interview with Nick Teich, founder and CEO of Camp Aranu’tiq

Social Justice
This interview is part of Camping Magazine's series on social justice, exploring social issues in the context of individual camps and the camp community as a whole as a way to spark further conversation and inspire positive change. Contact Ann Gillard (anngillard@gmail.com) if you would like to participate or contribute to this series.

How Can Camps Support Transgender Youth?

What does "transgender" mean? Transgender or trans* are umbrella terms referring to all of the diverse identities in the gender spectrum.

Individuals Who Identify as Gender Non-Conforming

This year, and for the past three years, the Hotline Team has seen a sharp increase in the number of calls regarding the issues of inclusion and accommodation of people who identify as trans, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender-variant, or those in the process of reassigning their gender. These calls were regarding both staff and campers. In fact, six percent of all of our calls touched on this issue in some regard.

Talking Transgender at Camp

This session will explore the emerging area of transgender campers and explore how they can fit into traditional resident camps. Many directors shy away from taking transgender campers, but this doesn’t have to be the case. This session will give some tools, tips, and basic education that will enable directors and other staff to learn about options to work with transgender campers and their families. There will be time for questions.

Through this webinar participants will learn:

Transgender Staff and Anti-Discrimination

The subject of transgender staff at camps is one that is getting a lot of play lately. For those camps that have not yet dealt with a current staff member transitioning or a new prospective transgender staff member, they will likely find themselves faced with these issues in the near future. What do camps need to know?
 

Transgender Youth — The Role Camps Might Play

You may be asking yourself, "What does a discussion about transgender individuals have to do with me? Why am I reading this in Camping Magazine?" We've had the conversation about the LGBTQ community (defined on page 44) in camps before (see "Don't Assume I'm Straight," in the November/December 2003 Camping Magazine). The time has come to focus on the special challenges facing certain members of that community — transgender youth — and what role camps might play.