Gender Inclusion at Camp

This Camping Magazine article discusses why it is important to have gender inclusive spaces at camp.

LGBTQIA+ Representation Matters at Camp

We all know that representation matters. We sculpt the way we see the world and how we interact with it by what we come into contact with. Our reality is shaped by the people we encounter and the way they represent themselves and their identities. We learn to trust or not people based on how we see different identities depicted in the media, and we learn to “other” people when our culture shows that it is acceptable to do so.

What's the Impact of Gender-Inclusive Cabins on Campers' Friendships?

That question was one that I and my collaborator Leila Bighash sought to help answer in our recent study, recognized at the ACA National Conference with the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Research in Practice.

Why LGBTQ+ Camp Programs Are Important

LGBTQ+ leadership camps allow LGBTQ+ youth to be themselves and feel accepted and loved in a summer camp environment.

The Importance of Camp to LGBT Youth

The month of June holds a very special place in my heart. Warm weather, the joyous arrival of seasonal staff and campers, and of course, LGBT Pride Month. Pride is a time to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and all the communities that support and affirm us in our authentic identities. For many campers, that affirming community is their camp family. Pride is a time to celebrate the progress we’ve made, but it is also a time to remember the work we still have yet to do.

Summer Camp for All: Serving the Need of Trans Campers

In this article, we offer some basic guidance on ways you might address the needs of transgender youth who want to attend your camp.

Trans Two: The Next Level

Camps have had exposure to learning more about serving transgender campers and staff, but what happens when you still face questions and challenges in this developing topic? This session will go beyond the basic transgender 101 and take the second step in learning about common situations camps might be dealing with. We will dive deeper into questions camps are experiencing as they become more inclusive of transgender campers and staff. Receive information on policy development, review case studies and identify resources specific to your camp, board and stakeholders.

A Lot of Courage Is Needed

An interview with Nick Teich, founder and CEO of Camp Aranu’tiq. Camp Aranu'tiq of Harbor Camps is a nonprofit program serving transgender and gender-variant youth and their families. Camp Aranu'tiq is for those who feel they do not fit into the norms our society has prescribed for gender. This includes those who have "transitioned," those who happen to express their gender differently than others, and those who may experience teasing or bullying because of their gender. 

Don't Assume I'm Straight: Providing a Safe Environment for LGBTQ Youth at Camp

Controversy. Dialogue. Differing opinions. Some would say that this is the foundation of enlightened inquiry. This inquiry may be rational, emotion-filled, or obstinate. The choice is yours.

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