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.

Evolving Risks — Employment Practices / Sexual Harassment / Unlawful Discrimination

In 2015, there was a sharp increase in the number of calls to the ACA Crisis Hotline about accommodation and inclusion of individuals, both staff and campers, who identify themselves as transgender, gender nonconforming, or gender variant.

Social Justice and Camp — Talking About It

“You get all those different kids at camp, but it wasn’t there. It didn’t affect them there. There was so much love in the air. They came together, bonding, making friends, doing things they can’t do at home, and that type of thing. Seemed like it never even came up.”

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.

Transgender Staff at Camp

This session will explore the emerging area of transgender staff and how to integrate them into typical camp settings. Many directors shy away from taking transgender staff, but this doesn’t have to be the case. This session will provide tools, tips, and basic education that will enable directors and staff to learn about options in working with transgender staff. There will be time allowed for questions.

NOTE THAT ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME ZONE!

Through this webinar participants will learn:

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?
 

Out and About: Creating a Safe Environment for LGBT Campers and Staff

It was June 2006. I had been conducting staff training at a coed camp in the Northeast. I had already spoken to the entire staff about the “real work” of camp, which I see as helping campers use the activities and their relationships with one another and with staff to grow into more mature, well-rounded people — to develop character. As I typically do, I had spoken about the incredible impact staff can have on a young person and how children look up to staff in ways they might not always make obvious to us.

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