How do I register?

The registration process for both camp and the LIT program is online and can be accessed here.  Registration for 2017 is now open, and we expect the spots to fill up so please register early.

Is Rainbow Camp® a day camp or an overnight camp?

Rainbow Camp® is a week-long overnight camp.

Where is camp located?

Rainbow Camp® is east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, on the shore of Lake Huron.

What if I can’t afford the registration fee?

We have sponsors that help with the costs to attend Rainbow Camp®.  A camper can apply for the “Campership” (Camper Scholarship) as part of the registration process.

Why is the registration fee so low compared to other overnight camps?

The registration fees for Rainbow Camp® are very, very low relative to other summer camps. 
We have a dedicated team of volunteers who work hard fundraising all year long to ensure that Rainbow Camp® is accessible to all.

The true cost of sending one camper to Rainbow Camp® is over $1000, yet we only ask for a fraction of that cost.  
If you are financially able to do so, please consider paying more than the registration fee. Your contributions will enable other campers to attend.

How do I get to camp?

We offer two shuttles to camp: one that leaves Sault Ste. Marie and the other leaves from Thessalon.  You can either come to the shuttle meet-up spot or get dropped off at camp directly.  We will send out details to all registered campers.  Many of our campers fly into Sault Ste. Marie and then take the Rainbow Camp® shuttle to camp.  Others take the bus to Thessalon and then take the Rainbow Camp® shuttle.  We usually begin coordinating travel plans in June so once you are registered you can be in touch with any travel related questions.

I can’t afford to travel to camp.

We have sponsors that help with the travel costs of coming to Rainbow Camp®.  You can apply for the “Travel Subsidy” as part of the registration process.

How are cabins chosen?

Cabins are selecting campers by age. This means that all cabins will be gender queer. Each cabin has at least two camp staff when campers are present. All bathrooms and common spaces are gender queer – In other words we do not define the space by gender. Everyone is welcome.

Can I be in a cabin with my friend?

During the registration process you will have the opportunity to request to be in the same cabin with up to two friends.  That said, there are a lot of factors that go into creating the cabin groups so we can not guarantee that we can accommodate all cabin-mate requests.

Do staff sleep in the same cabins as campers?

Yes, Camp staff sleep in the camper cabin.

What will campers do at camp?

Activities include: swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, movie night, a dance, a talent show, documentary film night, outdoor games and sports, a bog walk, campfires, sing-a-longs, hair dyeing.  Workshop topics include queer rights, mental health, anti-oppression, solidarity, transitioning, and queer identities.

Check out the activity schedule here. If you still have questions please contact us.

What should I pack to come to camp?

Check out the gear list here. If you still have questions please contact us.

What kind of training do counsellors have? How are they chosen?

All our camp counselors go through a full week of camp specific training. They learn the camp site  and how to respond to emergency situations, how to be good at listening and how to encourage, guide and support campers. All of our camp counselors are at least 19 years of age and are members of the Queer community or allies who have taken gender and sexuality courses.

What is security like?

We are located in a remote location and therefore only the people who are supposed to be on the site, campers and staff are allowed on the site. It is a good walk from the nearest community and is quite private. Campers are never left alone which sometimes feels constraining but it means that everyone is always safe.

Can parents visit the camp before registering?

Yes but this has to be arranged with the camp director since we are setting up a safe space and want everyone to feel safe in the space.

Is camp wheelchair accessible?

Although there are accessible facilities on the camp grounds (including bathrooms and one cabin), it would be very difficult to navigate the grounds using a wheel chair as the ground is all soft sand.  If you have specific mobility needs please be in touch and we can work together to determine how best to accommodate you.

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