Manitoba camp for gay teens a success

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Many kids go away to camp during the summer. Some are general outdoorsy-type camps while others are more focused and specialized. When I was younger, I spent several summers at a camp that included hikes, canoeing, arts and crafts, and about six hours of vocal rehearsals each day. This summer, a new camp took place outside Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.

Camp Aurora was Manitoba's first summer camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth and, by all accounts, it was a roaring success. There was, like at many summer camps these days, a ropes course, a rock climbing wall, and swimming, but there were also workshops on Body Image, Healthy Relationships, 'Zine Making, and Healthy Choices. There was also a discussion panel of Out LGBTT community members.

The camp's organizers wanted to focus on "building and nurturing the leadership potential and resiliency of LGBTT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, and Two-Spirit) and allied youth" so they can "make significant contributions to their school, community, and home environments." Twenty-nine youths ranging in age from fourteen to twenty-one attended the four-day camp.

I think it's great that there was such great support and that the camp was so successful, but I can't help but feel saddened that there is still a need for it. It's a shame that these kids can't just go to the same camps as everyone else and still get the support they need and have the great experiences they deserve. Perhaps someday, that will happen. For now, I'm glad this camp did so well.

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