CampOUT! COVID-19 Update

After lengthy discussions, we have decided to cancel this year’s camp. This includes the volunteer and leadership training, and CampOUT! fundraiser. While this saddens us, the health and well-being of our participants, our volunteers, staff, and the elders in their home communities are of the utmost importance. We will be supporting all applicants in virtual and digital ways and connecting them with resources and supports through this crisis and will, of course, bring back the camp next year.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

In the meantime, we’d like to lift up the reality that our 2SLGBTQ+ communities have a history of resilience and creativity. We are amazing, and together, we are capable of amazing things!

We are working from our home offices to help youth applicants access support and resources, connect with others, and continue learning!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for virtual and digital resources. We will continue posting resources, education, involvement opportunities, and virtual events to help our communities stay connected and supported while we’re physically apart.

Here’s a tip from writer and performer Kai Cheng Thom: “I believe that it’s essential to nourish the health of our minds and souls in moments like this, in addition to safeguarding the health of our bodies…. One simple but potentially profound strategy for collective care might be to have a rotating list of folks to share a 30-minute phone call with every day.”

So, in addition to intentionally connecting with someone you care about every day… here are some more ways to care for your mind, body, and soul in this time:

  1. Tips on How to Stay Connected during Self Isolation
  2. QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans & Two- Spirit Resource Centre has a Youth Worker available by email: Han Hugessen (they/them) can be contacted at youth@qmunity.ca
  3. Resources for you and your community members who may be impacted financially by Covid-10: https://www.povnet.org/covid19-special-resources
  4. Province of BC Covid-19 Updates and resources
  1. For immediate help, call:
    Crisis Line: 604-872-3311
    BC Suicide Line: 1-800-SUICIDE
    BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
  1. For specific questions around trans health and support contact:
    Trans Care BC at 1-866-999-1514 or transcareteam@phsa.ca

 

We will get in touch with you next winter to see if you’d like to have your application honoured for next year’s selections process. We ask that you keep us updated if your contact information (email, phone number, mailing address) changes. Looking forward to being on Gambier Island together one day in the dreamy future.