Joy and Belonging Outside for LGBTQAI2S+ Youth and Allies

Queer and Trans Youth and Allies Nature Camps/Programa de verano para jóvenes Queer y Trans y sus Aliades

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Thank you for your interest in the Queer and Trans Youth and Allies Programs. We’ve seen an overwhelming demand for the QTYA programs and all three sessions are now full. Please email Seed Minkin at seed@landpaths.org to find out more information or learn how to be the first to know about 2023 program sessions when that information is available.

Camp Sessions 

Session/Sesión I: July/Julio 5 – 8, 2022 (Tuesday – Friday; Martes – Viernes) 

  • Time/Hora: 9am to 3pm 
  • Cost/Costo: $280/with scholarships available based on need /con becas completas y parciales disponible 
  • Ages/años de edad: 7 to 18 
  • Location: Camp Meeker, California

Session/Sesión II: July/Julio 11 – 15, 2022 (Monday – Friday; Miercoles – Jueves) 

  • Time/Hora: 9am to 3pm 
  • Cost/Costo: $350 with scholarships available based on need /con becas completas y parciales disponible 
  • Ages/años de edad: 7 to 18
  • Place/Lugar: Camp Meeker, California

Queer+Trans Youth and Allies Backcountry Basics: Intro to Backpacking 

  • Dates: July 19 – 22, 2022; Julio 19 – 22 
  • Ages/Años de edad: 13 to 18 
  • Cost/Costo: $500, with scholarships available based on need/con becas completas y parciales disponible 

About  

The Queer and Trans Youth and Allies (QTYA) camp is a fun and welcoming opportunity for LGBTQAI2s+ youth and allies to be outside, connect with their peers, and be in a magical space of queer and trans joy.  

The QTYA Camp weaves together community building, nature connection, and expressive arts. The youth will make friends with other LGBTQAI2s+ youth and allies, building lasting relationships and a greater sense of community and belonging. Youth will also get opportunities to reflect on who they are and who they want to be all while enjoying the incredible, rich landscape of the outdoors.  

Location

Our Queer and Trans Youth and Allies Camps take place at the beautiful Bohemia Ecological Preserve, located in Camp Meeker, Sonoma County, CA on the ancestral home of the Coast Miwok people, past, present, and future. We recognize them as the first people and the first stewards of this land. We are on occupied territory and acknowledge the ongoing devastation of colonization.   

Youth will visit a waterfall, redwood forests, meandering creeks, serpentine rock ridges, a glorious pond, and “Top of the World” hills.  

Flow of the Day  

9:00: DROP-OFF  

9:00-9:30 OPENING GATHERING (all camp) 

9:30-11:30 MORNING ACTIVITY (peer groups) 

11:30-12:00 LUNCH (peer groups or all camp)  

12:00-1:30 AFTERNOON ACTIVITY (peer groups)  

1:30-2:30 WATER + CHILL TIME (all camp) We will be going to the pond most days. Other days we will be at the creek or waterfall.  

2:30-3:00 CLOSING GATHERING (all camp)  

3:00 PICKUP  

NOTE: Campers will spend most of the days with their peer groups (youth of the same or similar age) and part of the day with the whole camp. Youth 17+ can decide whether they want to be with their peer group or if they want to be a Junior Mentor that joins a younger peer group. 

Thursday Overnight! 

We will be having an optional overnight for youth 11 and up on Thursday July 7th and Thursday July 14th. Camping gear will be available for youth who need it.  

Camp Activities  

We will have a variety of different activities every day/week of camp facilitated by the camp staff, volunteers, and guest artists. Sample activities include: nature journaling, shelter building, arts and crafts, creative writing, music, theatre, herbal medicine, filmmaking, astrology, astronomy, nature drag, swimming, boating, outdoor cooking, and filmmaking* 

*Filmmaking opportunity: This year we will have the option for youth to participate in the writing and filming of a short (10 minute) documentary film about queer and trans youth joy. Participating in the making and/or being in the film is optional.  

Accessibility 

Throughout the week, youth will be hiking on trails with uneven terrain with changes in elevation. We will be hiking an average of 1 to 4 miles per day. Youth carry their own backpack, water, and other gear that they need throughout the day.  

We strive to create a space that is open to multiple levels of participation and engagement so that campers can feel comfortable and included. We welcome neurodivergent youth and youth who are navigating mental health challenges.  

Please reach out to Senior Education Field Specialist Seed Minkin at seed@landpaths.org, if you have questions or would like to share more information about how we can support your youth’s experience at our program.  

Staff 

The QTYA camp staff all identify as LGBTQAI+ and our staff are trained to work with queer and trans youth. Additionally, our staff are CPR and First Aid-certified, skilled, and trained outdoor educators bringing years of experience working with youth in outdoor settings. Seed Minkin, the camp leader, is non-binary, queer, and a Wilderness First Responder.  

The staff to camper ratio for the QTYA camp will be no more than 1 to 12 (and closer to 1 to 5 with our amazing volunteers). All QTYA Camp staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted for background checks. 

This will be the third season of Queer and Trans Youth and Allies camp! We are incredibly excited to welcome back youth from past seasons and invite new youth to the program. We love building and growing the QTYA family. Learn more about last year’s Queer and Trans Youth and Allies Nature Camps here

CALL FOR QTBIPOC GUEST ARTISTS! LandPaths’ Queer and Trans Youth + Allies (QTYA) Camp is looking for QTBIPOC guest artists this summer! Guest Artists are incredible role models for the youth and help them see ways in which queer and trans folks can thrive! Guest Artists also inspire youth to be whoever they want to be. In addition to being life-changing and validating opportunities for the youth, we have also found that these experiences are incredibly valuable and heartfelt for the guest artists, many of which did not have spaces like the QTYA camp when they were growing up. We are specifically excited about inviting drag performers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, nature enthusiasts, and other creative folks who enjoy being around queer and trans youth to come spend an hour or a few with us at camp! Guest could lead an activity/workshop or perform. We are also looking for general volunteers to help out with the camp. Time and Dates Location: Camp Meeker, CA Dates: July 6th-8th or July 12-15th Times: Timing is flexible! Come for an hour, the day, or multiple days. Guest Artists are welcome weekday mornings or afternoons as well as Thursday late afternoon/evening Questions/Preguntas For questions and more information, contact Seed – seed@landpaths.org or (740) 591-1246.

Scholarships 

LandPaths is actively committed to making camp accessible for every child. Thanks to funding from partners and donors, we can offer scholarships to at least 50% of participants. Please don’t hesitate to apply for a scholarship if the cost makes camp inaccessible for you! 

Important: Make sure to fill out the scholarships application and then wait to hear back from a LandPaths’ staffer BEFORE registering for camp. All scholarship applications must be pre-approved before you register for camp.  

The link for the scholarship application is below. Please fill out your scholarship application no later than May 23, 2022. Scholarships are available based on need and funding availability and will be awarded on a rolling basis until filled. Each scholarship recipient is asked to pay a $50 minimum (No one is turned away for lack of funds. Let us know if the $50 fee is prohibitive for your family).

Becas

LandPaths se compromete a hacer que el campamento sea accesible para todos los jóvenes, independientemente de los obstáculos socioeconómicos. Ofrecemos becas a un 40% de nuestros estudiantes, con el objetivo de reflejar la comunidad del condado de Sonoma. En el 2012, comenzamos a ofrecer transporte limitado a nuestros campamentos, ya que nos dimos cuenta de que el transporte era el obstáculo principal para muchas familias. ¡Si una beca le ayudaría a su familia, por favor llene la solicitud! Todas las becas deben ser aprobadas, antes de inscribirse con beca. ¡Solicite con anticipación ya que los espacios pueden llenarse rápidamente!

Questions? Preguntas?

Please email Senior Education Field Specialist Seed Minkin (they/them) seed@landpaths.org.

More information about the QTYA program at https://metamorphmentorship.com/lgbtqai2s-youth-and-allies-programs

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