Come to Camp – virtual edition!

Hello Campers! 

This June & July, through 8 weeks of engaging virtual workshops and activities, queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth will make new friends, connect with resources, and inspire each other. We will be sharing the camp online schedule and registration links in May. 

The theme for this year’s virtual camp program is Cecuwatul (“tse-tsuw-ah-tul”) a Halkomelem word meaning ‘helping one another/holding each other up! Read more about this year’s theme in Rain Pierre’s Artist Statement

If you are a queer, trans, Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, questioning, or allied youth between the ages of 13-21, we’d like to know where you are located and what your access needs are so we can plan an variety of inclusive campy online sessions!

Please fill out the CampOUT! Pre-registration: Virtual Access Survey between April 1 and April 29 to help us plan ahead to create an inclusive online space for as many of you as possible! Stay tuned for the camp schedule and registration form in May!

Looking forward to a fun virtual campy season of learning and connecting across space and time!

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Things to know about CampOUT! 2021:

When? Typically CampOUT happens the first week of July but this year we will meet online at different times from June 1 – July 30! Exact 2021 dates and times TBD.  

Who? CampOUT! is for youth ages 14-21 who identify as queer, trans, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, lesbian, gay, genderqueer, questioning, or as allies to the LGBTQ2S+ community who live in BC or the Yukon. Some of our campers identify as LGBTQ, some as children of gay parents, or as siblings of LGBTQ individuals, some as Two-Spirit indigenous people. Other campers are interested in learning to be better allies to BC’s queer and trans communities. Some of our campers experience struggle around their identity and/or orientation and others are less conflicted with these issues and are interested in being present in a celebratory space that welcomes ALL of who they are.

What? CampOUT!  is: Fun, Friends, Nature, Learning, Leadership, Community, Support & Resources, Health & Well-being, & Social Change!

  • A leadership and learning summer camp supported by UBC, for queer, trans, two-spirit and allied youth aged 14 – 21 from BC and the Yukon
  • A chance to meet new friends and engage in imaginative and innovative workshops and fun activities (alas, online we won’t have camp activities like canoeing, campfires, and arts and crafts)
  • A safe and inclusive space where youth can develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, inspire each other, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources to support their health and well-being
  • A supportive space for youth to be celebrated for who they are

How much does it cost for campers? Online program is FREE of charge – thanks to the generosity of community partners and donors! 

How do we engage Parents & Caregivers? Typically we host an education and community building day day for parents and caregivers of campers in North Vancouver on the first day of camp after dropping off campers! If we receive enough interest, we will do a webinar for parents/caregivers again this year.  Email campout.assistant@ubc.ca to express interest.