While most initiatives for queer and trans youth are urban, CampOUT! is an opportunity to have a safe and fun experience in the great outdoors. Building community in nature is an experience like no other. The trust, honesty, humour, and openness that can be cultivated in a camping situation is empowering and inspiring in a unique way. CampOUT! makes this type of community building possible for youth that may not feel safe or inspired to attend other camps.
We recognize that youth in BC have vastly different experiences from one and other based on their families, cultural experiences, support systems, school, and community resources. Youth health and wellness increase when intergenerational support is felt. CampOUT! offers an opportunity for participants to form meaningful relationships with a wide range of community mentors that share their experiences and can offer support and inspiration. By providing access to diverse community building and practical skills, campers and leaders alike build self-esteem, inspire each other, and foster hope and resilience. After camp, they are encouraged and supported to bring what they have learned into their home communities.
How accessible is CampOUT!?
CampOUT! participants are asked to pay a $60 registration fee to demonstrate their commitment to attending the camp; however, this fee can be waived upon request. We are committed to supporting all participants that may need assistance with travel costs and travel reimbursements are available. We are committed to accommodating health and access related needs of campers, leaders, and volunteers to make this experience more possible. The camp itself is accessed via water taxi and the walking paths are loose and packed gravel. Camp staff have access to a golf cart and truck and can provide lifts for folks that may need assistance getting from the dock to the main camp area. There are wheelchair accessible cabins, bathrooms, dining hall and program areas and there is a stair-climber for the one hall that does not have ramp access.
Where is CampOUT!?
CampOUT! lives, learns, and breathes on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Stó:lō, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples. Camp is held at beautiful Camp Fircom on Gambier Island.
Click here to learn more about CampOUT!’s relationship to the land that we live, work, and play on.