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Rainbow Camp

Welcome Friend Association’s Rainbow Camp® is a one-week camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, 2 spirited and plus  (LGBTQ2+) and Allied youth, their siblings and children in Queer families. WFA’s Rainbow Camp® is committed to developing a camp community which honours creativity, individual choice, and social justice while having fun!!!

 

Queer Seminars

Welcome Friend Association provides seminars and training for organizations and the community at large to broaden the understanding of the Queer community.

We have come together to work towards a society where everyone, regardless of their gender of sexual orientation, can find respect and understanding. We endeavour to reach out into the wider community across Ontario by offering education, support, and inclusion for all by engaging individuals, businesses and organizations.

Trans Educational Services

The Education Program offers training, workshops, and presentations on a variety of subjects pertaining to the transgender community.

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What else we provide.

Events and Fundraisers

In order to keep reaching our goals we rely on the support and donations from our supporters. Through out the year we hold exciting events to help fund our good cause. Check out our events page to see what event we are holding next.

Resources

We are here to support all LGBQT & allied members. Feel free to contact us and check out the resources of other organization for support and information. Check out our resource page or shoot us an email.

Guest Speakers

Are you looking for someone to speak at your next event?  Contact us for more information.

Donate to Rainbow Camp

Rainbow Camp® Launches Crowdfunding Campaign With the Help of Canadian Comedian Colin Mochrie and his wife Debra McGrath.

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Get involved

We can’t do it alone!  WFA needs members for support through various avenues, not just financial.  i.e. volunteering, resources, lobbying, education and so much more.  Welcome Friend Association is striving to provide in areas which are lacking in understanding, education, equality, support and acceptance.  Be a part of Welcome Friend Association, where we strive for an accepting and safer place to live, learn, work and play!

What our campers and parents say about Rainbow Camp

I miss everything about camp, every year even through the toughest moments I think of camp and it helps me keep going ❤️ y’all are miracle workers I swear❤️

Camper

I cried so hard leaving❤️ I’ve never cried ever leaving anywhere. And the last few days especially the night before leaving I would cry because I didn’t want to leave. ❤️❤️❤️. Miss camp so much.

Camper

Going to rainbow camp saved my life and made me realize that there are other kids that feel the same and are going through the same things.

Camper

I’ve been a returning camper for what will be 4 years this year, and I have never been in a safer and more accepting space. This beautiful camp is full of amazing, dedicated people and amazing activities and education.  I could not imagine a world without this camp.

Camper

Love all the support ❤️ and my daughter had an amazing time she can’t wait to hopefully return.

Parent

My daughter enjoyed her week at camp…called it “life changing”!! Thank you to all the staff and team!! You are greatly appreciated!

Parent

I’ve been going to rainbow camp for 2 years and it is amazing! I’ve not only made friends, I’ve made family. I feel so accepted when I go and I can have a hate free week with loving counselors and caring friends. Thanks Chris and Harry! Can’t wait to come back next year 🙂

Camper

I couldn’t have asked for a better, safer place. Camp was a life changing experience and I can’t wait to come back❤️ I cried like a baby when I left cause I had to leave all my new amazing friends😭

Camper

My daughter enjoyed her week at camp…called it “life changing”!! Thank you to all the staff and team!! You are greatly appreciated!

Parent

Rainbow Camp’s philosophy is that LGBTQ2+ young adults can live the change they want to see in the world.

Parent

My first dance that I was able to be myself.

Camper

“I was afraid my son would commit suicide. Then he went to Rainbow Camp and came back happier than I had ever seen him.  I believe Rainbow Camp® saved his life. Thank you!” 

Parent

Truly amazing camp!

Camper

My first dance that I was able to be myself.

Camper

Who we are?

Welcome Friend Association educates and promotes awareness in society regarding gender, sexual identities and expressions. We provide outreach and support for people impacted by gender and sexual issues,

  • Rainbow Camp
  • Events and Fundraisers
  • Seminars
  • LGTB2SQ+ Resources
Rainbow Camp
100%
Events and Fundraisers
85%
Seminars/Education
88%
Resources
90%

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About us

Welcome Friend Association educates and promotes awareness in society regarding gender, sexual identities and expressions. We provide outreach and support for people impacted by gender and sexual issues. Welcome Friend Association provides seminars, training and outreach for other organizations and the community at large to broaden the understanding of the Queer community. We have come together to work for a society where everyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation can find respect, understanding and represent a diverse cross-section of our community.

Welcome Friend Association is a Canadian registered charity (Registration no.:  830794715 RR0001)

Board of Directors

A large part of what keeps Welcome Friend Association running and making change is our wonderful Board of Directors. We cannot thank these individuals enough for the work they do to keep us running smoothly.  To learn more click here.

Sponsors

United Church of Canada
Westminster College Foundation
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Village media.ca logo
Unique Data Systems and Lucidia Technologies Logos
Unifor logo
TD Bank Logo
McDougall Energy Logo
Affirm United logo
Sault Pride logo
Algoma Family Services logo
CAW logo
CUPE logo
Ontario Trillium Foundation logo
Out in Schools logo
PFLAG Canada logo
Proud to be Political logo
Proud FM logo
Soo Today logo
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Latest news

Soo Invaded by Transylvanians!

Look out Sault Ste. Marie, things are about to get freaky!  For the second year in a row The Rocky Horror Rainbow Camp Fundraiser is a go! Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed in 1975.  In the movie, alien Dr. Frank’n’Furter plays host to a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who have a flat […]

How northern Ontario’s Rainbow Camp creates a safe space for LGBTQ youth

At Rainbow Camp, located just east of Sault Ste. Marie, young people canoe, do yoga, and learn about LGBTQ history. TVO.org talks with co-founder Harry Stewart about how the camp came to be and why it’s important to build supportive environments By Claude Sharma – Published on June 24, 2019 Click here for the full article at […]

Rainbow Camp needs you!

We need your help! These are our kids! Donate now so we don’t have to turn campers away. Camp starts on July 15th. We need your financial assistance now! Help save a life. Donate what you can at www.HelpRainbowCamp.com

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