DETROIT – Straight kids aren't the only ones who get to go to camp anymore. Triangle Foundation, in cooperation with national supporting organizations National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; the National Youth Advocacy Coalition; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; and the National Center for Transgender Equality, has announced that the second annual Camping.OUT will be open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied youth from across the United States.
"Camping.OUT was the one place where I didn't have to worry about what I said and if people were going to like me. For once I was accepted for who I was" said Robert Proffer, a participant at Camping.OUT 2006.
This year's camp, which will be held in Michigan from Aug. 14 – 19, will build upon the success of last years Camping.OUT, according to coordinator Greg Varnum.
"Our camp offers campers the opportunity to decide what programs they want to participate in each day," said Varnum. "They may decide to go swimming or canoeing in the morning, for example, and then have a group conversation about leadership facilitated by a nationally-known GLBT activist in the afternoon. The young people who attended last year's camp loved the format—but most importantly they loved the freedom to be open and out—to play, to think out loud together, to relax and be themselves. We're looking forward to offering the Camping.OUT experience to even more youth from around the country this year."
The camp will be open to youth aged 13 - 17 and will provide a welcoming, accepting place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth to have fun, make friends and expand their leadership and activism skills. The camp is running an Early Bird Registration special of $475 through March 1 – but no young person will be turned away for lack of funds, said Varnum.
"Triangle is currently raising funds for Camping.OUT to make sure that any young person who wants to come, can," Varnum said.
For more information on Camping.OUT, or to make a donation to allow a young GLBT or allied youth to come to the camp, visit www.campingout.org or contact Greg Varnum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 537-3323, ext. 108.