The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Evansville will host “pride camps” for middle school and high school students over the summer, a report found.
Students in sixth grade and up are encouraged to “build community with other LGBTQ+ and allies” at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pride camp.
“Pride camps are designed for students to socialize and learn with friends, gaining a deeper understanding of queer history, health topics and wellness,” the University of Wisconsin Green Bay website states.
The camp, which will take place from June 27-29 for high schoolers and from July 11-13 for middle schoolers, “is led by Nicole Kurth, UW-Green Bay Pride Center Coordinator, and Pride Center student interns,” the site noted.
Meanwhile, a similar pride camp is being held by the University of Evansville in Indiana. The camp aims to empower “queer/questioning youth and allies to discover their authentic selves and build a caring, supportive community of peers.”
“Spend a week living on campus at the University of Evansville for this first-of-its-kind summer camp!” the pride camp website states before going on to add “Build lifelong friends with incredible activities throughout the week while learning about social justice and activism.” The camp will take place from June 18-24.
The pride camp, which is open to those as young as 13 and costs $700, will include a number of different sessions, including “Future of LGBTQ+ concerns in politics” as well as “Exploration of LGBTQ+ topics in various fields of study” and “Biology of sex and gender: What is it? What is it not?”
Meanwhile, other camps for children who identify as LGBT operate around the country. The Trans Youth Equality Foundation hosts camps and retreats “for transgender and non-binary youth,” which are held “in a confidential location in New England.” The camp is open to children as young as 7 years old. The summer camp will take place from July 21st to 23rd.
In California, the Laurel Foundation runs Camp Mulberry, an overnight camp taking place from June 25th to July 1st. The organization describes the camp as “the nation’s first cost-free resident camp program specifically for transgender and gender diverse youth, ages 6-17.” The Laurel Foundation has received support from several corporations, including Gilead, Home Depot, Target, Starbucks, and Domino’s Pizza.