Welcome to CampOUT!
UBC CampOUT! is a leadership and learning summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth from across BC & the Yukon. Since 2009, our supporters have made it possible for us to facilitate transformative, land-based leadership development opportunities for over 800 LGBTQ2+ youth. Prioritizing participants from rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. CampOUT! brings us together to learn about decolonizing, anti-racist and disability justice approaches to education and leadership from each other and from mentors in community.
Typically, the camp is held on Gambier Island, and holds meeting year round on the shared territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. But, we’ve pivoted to make sure youth are supported during COVID-19 while keeping their communities and elders safe. Through engaging virtual workshops and activities, youth make new friends, connect with resources, and inspire each other. Our focus on health, wellness, leadership, and creativity is based on what youth are asking for at this time. CampOUT! participants gain social and life skills, inspiration, and beautiful networks of support!
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.
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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