What is CampOUT!?
CampOUT! is a leadership and learning summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon. The camp is held at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island, on unceded Coast Salish territories. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the camp provides opportunities for youth 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). Participants return to their home communities with new skills, resources, and friendships. CampOUT! provides a supportive space for LGBTQ2S+ youth to celebrate and be celebrated for who they are. We are getting ready for our 11th Annual CampOUT!, which will take place on Gambier Island from July 2-5, 2020!
CampOUT! is housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. The Faculty of Education provides CampOUT! with a supportive institutional infrastructure, operational resources, and numerous opportunities to collaborate with and build new relationships across communities. By supporting CampOUT!, UBC is helping to fulfill the University’s commitment to fostering safer learning spaces and strengthening community outreach both at the Institute and on campus.
Our annual program operating funds are raised each year by our wider community of supporters. CampOUT! is grateful to be supported by many individual donors and organizations across Canada.
The project is guided by the CampOUT!’s Community Advisory Committee, which is represented by key community organizations, UBC staff and faculty, and camp alumni. Our advising partners make us stronger and keep us relevant, connected, and adaptable to the ever-changing needs of BC’s youth.
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