LGBTQ Summer Camps: how to find a judgment-free community for your child

LGBTQ Summer Camps: how to find a judgment-free community for your child

LGBTQ Summer Camps: how to find a judgment-free community for your child

Finding community is important for all kids and adolescents, but it’s invaluable for kids who are members of the LGBTQ community.One way to help your LGBTQ child find community with other kids like them is through summer camp experiences. Here are some camp experiences that are specifically focused on LGBTQ youth. 

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Goof, Gather and Grow 

A new and unique summer program scheduled for August 21-25, 2023 ages 11-14 girls, trans and non-binary youth. This new gender-nonconforming camp goal is about creating a safe space for all kids and their peers along with mentors that encourages goofiness, exploring the messiness of process, and building community through comedy and art-focused workshops. 

Session: August 21-25, 2023

Cottonwood Community Center

In Greenpoint

203 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222

Harbor Camps

harborcamps.org

New Hampshire

At Harbor Camps, trans and non-binary youth can find community and create life-long bonds while participating in traditional camp activities, like swimming, archery and arts and crafts. While Harbor Camps isn’t a therapeutic camp and doesn’t have formal conversations about gender, trans and non-binary youth can spend their summer in a gender-affirming space. All campers and counselors are called by their preferred names and pronouns, and campers choose bunkmates with similar or varied gender identities. 

 

Camp Highlight

camphighlight.com

Pennsylvania

A unique week-long camp experience for children who have an LGBTQ parent, Camp Highlight in Pennsylvania is a community where children of LGBTQ families can connect with each other. Children at this camp are given the opportunity to meet others with families like theirs and talk about their experiences without the fear of exclusion or judgment. Camp Highlight also offers Highlight Family Camp, a weekend of camp antics for the whole family. 

 

Camp Outright

outrightvt.org/camp-outright

Vermont

Camp Outright offers queer, trans and questioning youth a traditional residential summer camp experience with a queer twist. During their time at Camp Outright, campers can participate in affinity groups and activities based on their interests, like sports and performing arts. Campers can enjoy the camp as a place of self-expression and belonging. 

 

Camp Lightbulb

camplightbulb.org

Various Locations

With camps taking place in Los Angeles, Provincetown and New York City, Camp Lightbulb creates a safe and happy space for LGBTQ youth. Camps incorporate elements of art, community, fun, learning, outdoors, service and well-being and work to create a close-knit community among campers. Spots at Camp Lightbulb camps fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon or join the waitlist for an already-sold out camp. 

 

Camp Pride

92ny.org/camps/camp-pride

New York

Located just 20 minutes away from New York City, Camp Pride brings 92NY’s best programs and faculty to the great outdoors in a summer camp experience that brings safety and support to LGBTQ youth. This day camp offers traditional summer camp activities as well as exclusive activities with guest LGBTQ artists, musicians and activists. 

 

New Country Pride Camp (NCPC)

14streety.org/camps/newcountrydaycamp/new-country-pride-camp/#

New York

A specialty program of the 14th Street Y’s New Country Day Camp (NCDC), NCPC provides a welcoming community for LGBTQ youth on the Staten Island Greenbelt. In addition to traditional summer camp activities led by NCDC leaders, there is also a special daily activity just for Pride campers. These include discussions and activities led by community leaders, activists, artists and other people from NYC’s LGBTQ community. 

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LeapUp Learning

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Camp Huntington

<p class="MsoNormal">A co-ed, residential program for children and young adults with special learning and developmental needs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>Our summer camp and weekend camp programs are designed to maximize a child’s potential, locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. Your child will enjoy the fun-filled days of summer camp while learning practical social and life skills. We offer a unique program approach of adaptive therapeutic recreation, which combines key elements that encourage progress: structured programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. Our campus is located in the beautiful hamlet of High Falls, New York within the Catskill Mountain region.</p>

Child's Play NY - Summer Camps

<div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer 2022</strong> (In-Person Only)</div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Child’s Play NY summer camps shine a spotlight on kids’ imagination and creativity. Budding thespians of all levels learn sophisticated theater techniques and are inspired to grow their bravery, imagination, and talents. This award-winning drama program is helmed by vibrant teaching artists using a games-based curriculum that supports collaboration and joy. Weekly themes tap into what kids love most with specific focuses like superheroes, mythology, Harry Potter, musicals, and more. Sessions culminate in a live or virtual showcase of scenes, songs, and original stories. In addition, the program prioritizes safety with plenty of outside activities, a 1:5 teacher to camper ratio, and small groups. <br /><br />Adventure Series | Ages 3-4 in Carroll Gardens | Half Day<br />Players Series | Ages 5-6 in Carroll Gardens and Fort Greene | Full Day<br />Showmakers Series | Ages 7-11 in Brooklyn Heights | Full Day<br />Plus programs at Berkeley Carroll School</div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Learn more & enroll at <a style="color: #1155cc;" href="http://childsplayny.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">childsplayny.com</a>.</div> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bc3f62-7fff-50a4-cf36-4b76efd354e1"></span></span></p>