Important Notice: WonderCafe has Closed

The United Church has sadly come to the decision that WonderCafe needed to close and all new discussion ended June 2014. Read More...

Welcome Friend's picture

Welcome Friend

image

Rainbow Camp

A Camp for Queer Youth ages 13-17

Join us for our first Rainbow Camp! This is a unique opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth and/or members of Queer families. We are committed to developing a camp community which honours creativity, individual choice, and social justice.

Rainbow Camp will provide opportunities for campers to make new friends and develop skills through traditional camp programming. More than anything, Rainbow Camp is a fun place to come OUT and be yourself! Our Camp Program will include activities in the following areas:

  • Music, Theatre, and Movement
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Sports
  • Personal Storytelling through Multi-Media
  • Community and Leadership

 $275 for the week Camp fee includes all food, accommodation, and activities.

For more information:  www.welcomefriend.ca

Share this

Comments

chansen's picture

chansen

image

Somewhere, Charles McVety just had an aneurysm.

Mendalla's picture

Mendalla

image

chansen wrote:

Somewhere, Charles McVety just had an aneurysm.

 

I actually had to Google him to get the joke.surprise

 

Mendalla

 

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

Check out this video - this is why this camp was created.  I tried to post the video but couldn't.  If someone can please do so below...

 

 


 

somegalfromcan's picture

somegalfromcan

image

Here's that video - good luck with the camp!

 

 

BTW - in case you hadn't noticed, Alex already created a thread discussing this video.

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

Thanks somegalfromcan.  The thread itself is interesting - regardless of the motivation behind this video. What the video protrays is real.  In Sault Ste. Marie (pop 80,000) I am told there was 6 teen suicides.  2 for being gay and 4 bulling related..this year alone.

sighsnootles's picture

sighsnootles

image

totally awesome idea!!

Tabitha's picture

Tabitha

image

Alberta has a similar camp=Camp Firefly

RitaTG's picture

RitaTG

image

..... in January I am going to start putting some money aside to help sponsor someone...

Hugs

Rita

carolla's picture

carolla

image

@ chansen - LMAO!

 

@ RitaTG - lovely idea to sponsor someone ... what a special gift that would be.

 

Does seem like a great idea! 

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

New Northeastern Ontario Rainbow Camp hopes to end bullying
 

Check out online article....

http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=37990

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

Thought you might find these stats of interest......

 

Among the findings of the 2009 Canadian Climate Survey on Homophobia:

  • 59% LGBTQ high school students reported they were verbally harassed, compared to 7% of non-LGBTQ students.
  • 25% of LGBTQ students indicated being physically harassed due to their sexual orientation, compared to 8% of non-LGBTQ students.
  • 31% of LGBTQ students reported personal harassment on the internet or via text messaging, compared to 8% of non-LGBTQ students.
  • 73% of LGBTQ students reported they felt unsafe at school, compared to 20% who did not.
  • 51% of LGBTQ students reported they did not feel accepted at school, compared to 19% of non-LGBTQ students

Rainbow Camp is desgined to create "safe spaces" for the kids attending and to promote social justice. It's not just a "fun camp" - while regualr camp activites will be happening, this camp allows kids the opporuntiy to be together with kids like them. Somehing that in rural Canada just doesn't happen. In larger cities, "safe space" is hard to find - thus again, this camp is striving to make a difference to all those who attend.

Welcome Friend's picture

Welcome Friend

image
I am sure you find the stats in the post above as alarming as we do. Rainbow Camp will provide a unique opportunity for these youth to make new friends as well as find and develop a supportive community. Studies have shown that this type of support is crucial to the well-being of our youth and in reducing the incidence of depression and suicide.

You can help by:

• getting word out to the youth and their parents


• Financial sponsorship of our camp:
 
  • PURPLE SPONSORS: $1,000 + ($1,000 is the actual cost to send a camper to camp)
  • BLUE SPONSORS: $500 - $999
  • GREEN SPONSORS: $300 - $499
  • YELLOW SPONSORS: $200 - $299*
  • ORANGE SPONSORS: $100 - $199
  • RED SPONSORS: $25 - $99
    *note: Registration cost for one camper is $275.00
    ** note: Please make cheque payable to Welcome Friend Association


In appreciation for your contribution, if you so wish, we will feature your name and logo in our promotional materials and on our website. We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to contact me personally.
Harry Stewart, Chairperson
Toll Free: 1-888-909-2234
www.welcomefriend.ca 

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

 

Stand Up! (Ireland 2011) Don't Stand For Homophobic Bullying. A Crossing The Line Production For BeLonG To Youth Services. BeLonG To. Ireland's National Service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Young People. 

Arg..I can't get the video to link....

 

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

Article on Xtra.ca 

For many queer kids, summer camp is a horrible, hetero experience.

Not anymore.

This summer, youth will have a new opportunity to find a safe space at the Welcome Friend Association’s new Rainbow Camp program..............

Check out the story at http://www.xtra.ca/public/Ottawa/Camp_Somewhere-11688.aspx
 

Jobam's picture

Jobam

image

This is why we need camps like this....safe spaces etc....

http://www.danoah.com/2012/04/a-teens-brave-response-to-im-christian-unless-youre-gay.html

 

 

Welcome Friend's picture

Welcome Friend

image
Back to Church Life topics
cafe