2019 Tegan and Sara Foundation LGBTQ+ Camp Scholarship Grantees
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QORDS (North Carolina)
By empowering Southern queer youth and building community through music and the arts, Queer Oriented Radical Days Of Summer (QORDS) is a vehicle for expressing gender and sexuality, and harbors an environment of self-discovery and social change.
Camp True Colors, One Heartland (Minnesota)
Since 1993, One Heartland has been creating life-changing camp experiences for youth facing social isolation, intolerance or serious health challenges. The camps provide a welcoming, bully-free environment where children, youth and young adults can feel completely accepted for who they are—often for the first time in their lives. At One Heartland, young people develop self-acceptance, life-long friendships and the courage to face the world.
Camp Outright (Vermont)
The Mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-22. Camp Outright is a six day/five night residential summer camp program for queer, trans, questioning, and allied youth. Campers that range from age 13 to 17 and counselors-in-training ages 18-19.
Camp Laurel (California)
The Laurel Foundation’s Camp Laurel program is the nation’s first free summer camp program specifically for trans/GNC youth. Camp Laurel’s Trans/GNC Summer Camp is based on traditional camp programs, yet caters to the unique mental and physical health of trans/GNC youth. The program will host 60 youth from all over the country, empowering them in a safe, brave and accepting environment,
Brave Trails (California)
Brave Trails operates one of the only LGBTQ+ focused youth leadership camps in the country for youth ages 12-20, with older teens and young adults (ages 17-20) having the opportunity to join our Unicorn Justice League (UJL), a counselor-in-training program. Brave Trails use workshops, adventure, creative programming, service projects, peer connections, and positive role models to create a safe space where youth can thrive.
Camp OUTdoors (Arizona)
For the past 11 years, Camp OUTdoors has created a life changing camp experience for LGBTQ+ youth ages 11 to 24. Camp OUTdoors is dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ youth develop leadership skills, work in collaborative ways, and develop a strong sense of self and community. Camp OUTdoors works to break down barriers of access that LGBTQ+ youth often face in outdoor education. Now in its twelfth year, Camp OUTdoors is the largest LGBTQ+ summer camp program of its kind.
Camp Lilac (Ohio)
Camp Lilac’s mission is to provide a safe, welcoming space for trans youth to be themselves in a positive, supportive, youth-focused environment. Trans youth often face stressful, unwelcoming, and even hostile environments in their day to day lives, and depression, anxiety, and suicide are much higher among them. Camp Lilac, a TransAction program, provides an overnight camp with all the camp trappings (boating, arts and crafts, bonfires, etc.) where trans kids can be themselves in a much needed respite from outside life.
Camp Ten Trees (Washington)
Since its founding, Camp Ten Trees (CTT) has sought to create a socially-just, youth-empowered camp community for youth of LGBTQ+ and nontraditional families, LGBTQ+ youth, and their allies. CTT is the only program of its kind within the U.S. Pacific Northwest. They ground themselves in a social justice framework, working to acknowledge and combat ways that people with different identities, experiences, and backgrounds are unjustly divided. Camp Ten Trees strives to bring healing, support and empowerment to youth through the organized camping experience.
Spirit Pride Project (Texas)
The Spirit Pride Project is a nonprofit organization in Central Texas that provides programming to LGBTQ+ young people in order to explore spirituality, community, and identity. The Spirit Pride Project uses camp as a vehicle for their spirituality retreat through games, music, workshops, large group activities, team-building activities, high ropes course, and more aimed at the idea that LGBTQ+ youth deserve to know that they are valuable, powerful, and lovable.
Gender Infinity (Texas)
The objective for the Gender Infinity camps is to allow transgender, gender expansive and intersex children the opportunity to safely attend camp and to just BE kids. It is also an objective for the camp to uplift the voices of transgender people—all cabin counselors are transgender—and to affirm and normalize the children’s identity and experience. Prior to the creation of this camp in November 2018 there was no established camp for gender expansive, transgender and intersex kids in the Southern United States.
Project 10 (Quebec)
Since 2001, P10 has been offering a weekend summer camp to allow youth to get out of the city to connect with peers and themselves for three days. P10 has focused on offering trans/NB-inclusive recreational, sports, and arts-based activities, as well as opportunities for youth to connect to mentors, and workshops offered by youth. P10 has been returning to Base Plein Air de Bon Depart for a number of years, as their terrain allows physically disabled campers to descend into the water, ride on boats, and take nature hikes.
Trans Tipping Point (British Columbia)
The Trans Tipping Point is in its third year of providing arts-based community building, personal development, and political engagement retreats for trans, two-spirit, and non-binary youth aged 10 to 18. The retreats include extensive opportunities for the youth to work with trans, two-spirit, and non-binary mentors and are supplemented by networking between the youth that carries on throughout the year between retreats. The content, focus, and scheduling of each year’s retreats is youth-directed.
CampOUT! (British Columbia)
CampOUT! is a social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon. The camp is held on Gambier Island, unceded Coast Salish territories. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the camp provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources to support health and well-being (physical, mental, social, sexual, educational, and spiritual).
Sacred Earth Camp (British Columbia)
Sacred Earth Camp is a two-week residential environmental leadership program for diverse youth and young adults of spirit and faith on Coast Salish Territory. In addition to usual camp activities like hikes, swimming, games, Sacred Earth Camp focuses on environmental justice issues in the lower Fraser Watershed and the skills and resources to respond. Sacred Earth Camp is open to youth and young adults 13-25.
Camp fYrefly (Ontario)
Camp fYrefly Ontario is an annual 4-day leadership retreat for gender and sexuality minority (GSM) youth aged 14-24 with a strong focus on the development of personal resiliency and agency through understanding and affirmation of personal identities. The camp has operated in Edmonton since its founding at the University of Alberta in 2004, and expansion programs have been developed in Calgary, Regina, and Saskatoon.
Over the past three years, IndigenEYEZ has delivered 24 culturally based empowerment camps for youth across BC with a focus on the Interior. Together, their youth and adult programs have reached more than 4,000 participants. Camps are based on connecting youth with their personal strengths, their identity, with one another, with healthy adults, with their culture, and with the land and natural environment. IndiginEYEZ provides a safe space and the tools for youth to reflect and talk about barriers to wellness and success.
Camp Eclipse (Newfoundland)
Camp Eclipse: OUT in the Woods is a 2SLGBTQ+ leadership camp for youth 18-24. They focus on empowerment, leadership, team-work, and understanding of self. Programming includes indoor workshops, hands on arts and crafts, choir, improv, peer support, Gender and Sexuality 101, Healthy Relationships, Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+: How we fit, Letters to Ourselves, Outdoor Teambuilding, 2sLGBTQ+ History, Nature Walk, Mindfulness/Grounding Techniques, Human Rights and the Law, Activism and Advocacy, and, of course, campfires.
Camp Ohana (Newfoundland)
Camp Ohana is a non profit, youth-run summer camp initiative created by three high school students from the West Coast of Newfoundland. The camp's aim is to support and educate young people from Newfoundland and Labrador, with a special focus on youth from West Coast of Newfoundland where resources and opportunities are incredibly lacking. Camp Ohana will be hosting their second annual week long camp in summer in 2019, which will include workshops and activities outlining key topics such as self care, mental health, and sexual health for LGBTQ youth and allies.
Camp Aurora (Manitoba)
Camp Aurora is Manitoba’s only 2SLGBTQ+ summer camp, and has run for 11 years. Over four days, 48 campers (aged 14-19), 12 Cabin Leaders, and a team of volunteers and staff spend attend Variety’s Camp Brereton in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Camp programming includes canoe trips, swimming, recreational games, art projects, identity-affirming workshops, a talent show, and a drag show and dance. Camp activities encourage youth to connect with one another, build community, and make connections with positive role models in the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Camp fYrefly (Alberta)
Camp fYrefly is a 4-day overnight summer camp for LGBTQ2S+ youth, organized and planned in part by a diverse committee of LGBTQ2S+ youth and run through the Centre for Sexuality. Camp provides youth with an opportunity to learn about themselves and their identities, build skills and develop community in a safe and transformative space. Programming at Camp fYrefly this year will include queer and trans inclusive sex education, a panel on indigenous/two-spirit identities on July 1st, a queer history scavenger hunt and a trans and body positive swim, as well as many more workshops that are decided through the youth committee.