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Summer Camps & Summer Programs for LGBTQ Youth
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Backpacking the Olympic Coast for Queer and Allied Girls - by Passages NW in Seattle - June 23-29, 2009. Girls entering grades 9-12. Come together with other girls who are queer, questioning their sexual orientation, or an ally wanting to support the LGBTQ people close to them. During this course you can ask tough questions and have your voice heard while making new friends in the beauty of the Olympic National Park coast. Course registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Sign up today! Sliding scale $50 - $550. Pay what you can. Full and Partial Tuition Assistance Available. Gear, transportation, and food are included in tuition. Programs start and end at our offices in Seattle at 139 23rd Ave S. To register, call 206.286.8601 ext 109 or email outreach@passagesnw.org

Camp Aranu'tiq: a weeklong, tuition-free, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15. Camp is located in Southern New England, a 2-hour drive from both New York & Boston. Activities include arts & crafts, dance, drama, swimming, music, canoeing, creative writing, and land sports such as basketball, soccer, dodgeball, kickball, & beach volleyball. There will be a few professional therapists at camp for campers who may want to talk, but the main focus of the week is on having fun. Camp Aranu'tiq is a federally recognized, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. It was born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun. Contact: Nick M. Teich, Founder & President; Mailing address: Camp Aranu'tiq, P.O. Box 620141, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462; Phone: (617) 467-5830; Contact form: http://www.camparanutiq.org/contact-camp-aranutiq.html; Website: http://www.camparanutiq.org/

Camp fYrefly: Canada's largest leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, queer, and allied (LGBTTQ&A) youth between the ages of 14 to 25. It is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and resiliency necessary for them to become change agents in their schools, families, and communities. Camp fYrefly is the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services' award-winning primary community service project.

CampOUT:a social and educational retreat in Maine for LGBTQQ and Allied youth: CampOUT is a summer, youth retreat that meets for two separate sessions each summer. Youth ages 14-19 and 17-22 attend and spend the weekend in youth-led workshops and other motivating activities. It is really a positive experience for the youth in a number of ways, and as a mentor it feels amazing to assist in providing that opportunity.   

Camp Ten Trees: offers a loving and engaging residential summer camp program in western Washington State.  One week is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their allies (ages 13-17).  Another week is for children (ages 8-17) of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families.  Camp Ten Trees is a place for diverse youth who share a common experience to come together to build community through both typical camp activities as well as age-appropriate opportunities to explore diversity, identity, and youth coalition building. This summer camp program is guided by a commitment to social justice and by the values of Courage, Health, Inclusion, Play, Stewardship, Family, Acceptance, Integrity, and Leadership.  Founded in 2000, Camp Ten Trees has long benefited from the involvement of campers, volunteer staff, and supporters from the Pacific Northwest, across the United States, and beyond.  For more information on registering for camp, volunteering, or otherwise supporting this non-profit endeavor, please contact Camp Ten Trees today! Office address: 1122 E Pike ST, #1488; Seattle, WA 98122; Phone: 206-288-9568; Email: info@camptentrees.org; Website: http://www.camptentrees.org

Camping.OUT: Triangle Foundation  (in Detroit, MI) runs this camp in Michigan for youth ages 13-17.

Youth Empowerment Action (YEA) Camp in CA, OR, and NJ: Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a unique and inspiring summer leadership program for youth 12-17 who want to make a difference in the world. At a week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting, YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them--many have chosen LGBTQ rights and GSAs--and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue once they get home. Campers also build lifelong friendships between youth with similar interests in bettering their community and society. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, memorable and life-changing experiences they have had. Check out our website www.yeacamp.org to learn more about this unique program. YEA is offered in Portland, OR, Pescadero, CA and Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Contact: 503-347-0223 or  Email: info@yeacamp.org; Website: http:www.yeacamp.org

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