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About ROC

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) will serve participants (ages 12-17) and Leaders in Training (ages 17-18) with the opportunity to connect this summer virtually through at-home activities and staff-led interactive programming.

For more information about our Leader in Training (LIT) program click here.

Each session of ROC runs from Sunday evening to Friday evening with programming running throughout the week. The dates are:

  • July 5-10 (ages 15-17)
  • July 12-17 (ages 12-14)
  • July 19-24 (ages 15-17)
  • July 25-31 (ages 12-14)

We are also offering a Leader in Training (LIT) program which runs from July 1-31. For more information click here.

All of our staff are returning counsellors who have worked previously at Rainbow Camp and participated in our week-long staff training prior to COVID-19. All of our staff are at least 18 years of age and are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community or strong allies.

Each staff for ROC completed our online training which included team building, digital programming, and online safety and security.

There are several ways to support ROC!

  1. Provide financial support. This allows us to offer subsidized registrations as well as providing additional camperships (camp scholarships) to families that require additional financial assistance. Donate online here.
  2. Share ROC with your friends and family to encourage them to register!
  3. Follow us on social media!

 

Please contact our Administrative Assistant Mallory for more information. She can be reached by phone or by email.

Phone: 888-909-2234 x101

Email: mbrennan@rainbowcamp.ca

Registration and Participants

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) is not just a virtual camp! Registering in ROC gives you access to all of our scheduled programming as well as a chance to make connections in a fun, safe and secure online community.

ROC offers you the chance to interact with other like-minded youth and leaders through scheduled programming in our three streams: education and activism, artistic endeavors and active outdoors. During this time of physical isolation, it is important for us to stay socially connected.

Registration is done online for both Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) and our Leader in Training (LIT) program. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure that you have accurate contact information (email and phone) on your registration form so that we are able to contact you!

There is no deadline to register for ROC although we are limiting how many participants we allow each week and it may fill up. If ROC becomes full, you may register on our wait list and we will notify you if a space opens up. If there is sufficient demand, we will consider adding additional weeks!

If you have any questions or issues, please contact us at registration@rainbowcamp.ca or 888-909-2234 x101.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Of course! ROC is offered entirely virtually which means that you can participate from anywhere in the world! All of our programming is running in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). To check what time zone you are currently in, click here!

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) is open to anyone aged 12-17 who is interested in participating! You do not need to openly identify as 2SLGBTQ+ either at virtual camp or at home and we welcome allies as well! We require all participants, regardless of how they identify, to agree to our “Safe Space” policy.

If you are concerned about speaking with your parents or guardians, contact us! We can explain ROC to them in a friendly and non-judgmental way and/or provide tips for you to navigate talking with them on your own. You are also welcome to register as an ally, regardless of how you self-identify.

We encourage you to register all participants, even if they are participating from the same household. Our programming is choice-based allowing each participant to build their own schedule based on their interests. If you are registering multiple participants from the same household, contact us for a sibling discount code which allows additional siblings to register for only $25!

Finances

We understand and respect that people have differing abilities to pay. We do our best to ensure our programming is financially accessible by offering a voluntary tier-based payment system. As a result of intensive fundraising and generous donations, we are able to offer subsidized rates for participants.

Based on the above information you may choose the tier that is most suitable for you. For more information, visit our Dates and Rates Page.

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) Leader in Training (LIT)
Tier 1 $260 $425
Tier 2 $125 $275
Tier 3 $75 $125

Payment can be done by credit card or e-transfer and can be done in installments if needed. Full payment details will be sent in your confirmation email after you have completed your registration.

We believe that money should never be a barrier to participating in our programs.

We are therefore happy to offer a variety of payment plans which you can select during online registration. We will also happily work with you to create a personalized payment plan. Contact registration@rainbowcamp.ca if you would like more information about this option.

Additionally, you can apply for partial or full camperships (camp-scholarships) to help cover the cost of camp. This form is available during online registration. Funds are limited and we cannot guarantee camperships to all who apply, however, if you clearly communicate your financial needs on the campership application, we can do our best to meet them. Priority will be given to those who had already applied for campership funding to attend Rainbow Camp 2020.

We are a registered non-profit. All of our program costs go directly towards covering the cost of ROC including staffing, programming, technology and training.

ROC allows participants to connect with other youth in a safe and secure online environment facilitated by trained staff members. Participants can choose the programming that interests them and co-create their week to engage in our three streams of programming: education and activism, artistic endeavours, and active outdoors. For more information about our programming, visit our Programming Page.

Programming

Our goal is to offer a custom virtual-camp experience which means that participants can design their own ideal ROC program. We will be offering multiple programs daily and we DO NOT expect participants to participate in all activities. Instead, they can choose sessions and activities that they feel most passionate about.

We will be offering programming in three major streams: education and activism, artistic endeavours, and active outdoors. Each day there will be at least one program in each of these streams as well as large group activities such as group games, challenges, talent show and more! For more information about our programming, visit our Programming Page.

Once we confirm your registration, you will be emailed a link to our virtual-camp portal before the start of your week of ROC. This is where you will find the programming schedule, lists of items you will need for activities, and descriptions of each program. If there are any sessions that require additional registration then that information will be online as well. Some activities may have a limit of spaces for participants while others may require special materials which you will need to obtain in advance. There will be more than one activity happening and many times throughout ROC so you will be able to participate in a program that is customized to you! The full schedule will be available for viewing approximately one week before the start of your session.

Registration for ROC includes access to all our our programming for the week you are registered for. The majority of our programming will not require any additional materials. Some optional programs may require the purchase of low-cost materials to participate in and the list of materials will be provided in advance.

Our programs are designed to be choice-based which means that participants can organize their schedule based on the activities that they are interested in. Many of our activities will include physical activity and are designed to challenge campers to engage both in nature and in community.

Technology and Online Security

In order to participate in ROC you will need to have a device with reliable internet, camera and speaker. Most cell phones, laptops and tablets have cameras and speakers built in! If you are on a desktop computer, you may need to purchase a separate webcam in order to participate.

Most of our programming will be offered using Zoom (https://zoom.us/). To save time, please install Zoom on your device prior to the start of ROC. This is a free download and you DO NOT need to create an account (free or paid).

The safety of our community is always our top priority. All participants must agree to a code of conduct governing appropriate behavior. Any violation of these policies will have consequences up to and including removal from Rainbow Online Connection (ROC).

In addition, we will be implementing the following safety protocols:

  • Only registered participants, staff and volunteers will be given access to our virtual space. We will be utilizing the waiting room in Zoom to ensure that only registered individuals can join our programs.
  • All sessions will be recorded for safety. These recordings will not be shared without explicit permission from participants and their parents/guardians.
  • All programs will have a minimum of two trained staff and/or volunteers present to ensure our ROC “Safe Space” is maintained at all times.

If you have any specific questions about online safety and security, please contact Mallory (Administrative Assistant). She can be reached at mbrennan@welcomefriend.ca or 888-909-2234 x101.

At the start of each session, we will require video to be turned on for a virtual attendance so that we can verify online participants. After that, if you wish to turn off your camera you may. There will be some sessions that will require video to stay on and there will also be sessions that do not require video. Information will be included in each session description.

Leaders in Training

Yes, we are! Our LIT program is for young leaders ages 17-18 who are interested in growing their leadership skills in a fun and supportive online environment. For more information, visit our LIT page here.

The LIT Program runs from July 1-31. This includes mandatory LIT Training from July 1-3 followed by four weeks of ROC. During each week of ROC, LITs will participate in approximately 5 hours/week of placement, LIT programming, and professional development and learning opportunities. The total time commitment is approximately 50 hours spread throughout July.

If you are only able to attend part of the program or have other commitments, please talk to us! We can work with you to arrange your LIT schedule around other commitments that you may have.

Successful participants will receive a Certificate of Completion mailed to them after the program as well as a custom LIT-designed t-shirt!

This program offers you the chance to connect with other young leaders in a safe and secure online environment. LITs will engage in professional development and have the chance to choose between three streams: Advocacy, Hype and Programming. Most of all, LITs will have fun!

In order to successfully complete the LIT Program, you must participate in the mandatory LIT Training (July 1-3), complete 20 hours of placement (over 4 weeks), and participate in professional development in your chosen stream.

Certificates will be mailed to you after the program ends along with the custom LIT-designed t-shirt! Please ensure you have accurate mailing address on your registration form so that we can get them to you.

This is a different program! While our goal is to share many of the same skills and leadership development as we do during the Rainbow Camp LIT Program, this is a different environment which means that this is a great opportunity to be involved in something new!

If you are an LIT this summer for ROC and would also like to be an LIT at Rainbow Camp 2021, we’d love to have you!

If you are interested in becoming an LIT, please apply online. After your registration is complete, we will be in contact with you regarding the next steps.  Admission into the LIT Program is not guaranteed as we have limited spaces available so please take your time when completing the application.

Click here to apply online!

We understand and respect that people have differing abilities to pay. We do our best to ensure our programming is financially accessible by offering a voluntary tier-based payment system. As a result of intensive fundraising and generous donations, we are able to offer subsidized rates for participants.

Based on the above information you may choose the tier that is most suitable for you.

Tier 1: $425 The true cost of providing a full month of LIT programming.

Tier 2: $275 A partially subsidized rate for those who are able to pay approximately half the true cost of the LIT program.

Tier 3: $125 A subsidized rate for the LIT program. While this rate does not cover the cost of running our programming, it allows our programs to be accessible so that we can reach more participants.

For more information, visit our Dates and Rates Page here.

We believe that money should never be a barrier to participating in our programs.

We are therefore happy to offer a variety of payment plans which you can select during online registration. We will also happily work with you to create a personalized payment plan. Contact registration@rainbowcamp.ca if you would like more information about this option.

Additionally, you can apply for partial or full camperships (camp-scholarships) to help cover the cost of camp. This form is available during online registration. Funds are limited and we cannot guarantee camperships to all who apply, however, if you clearly communicate your financial needs on the campership application, we can do our best to meet them. Priority will be given to those who had already applied for campership funding to attend Rainbow Camp 2020.

For more information, visit our Dates and Rates Page here.

The LIT Program is open to anyone aged 17-18 who is interested in participating! You do not need to openly identify as 2SLGBTQ+ either at virtual camp or at home and we welcome allies as well! We require all participants, regardless of how they identify, to agree to our “Safe Space” policy. If you are concerned about speaking with your parents or guardians, contact us! We can explain the LIT Program to them in a friendly and non-judgmental way and/or provide tips for you to navigate talking with them on your own. You are also welcome to register as an ally, regardless of how you self-identify.

LITs will engage in a training period from July 1-3 which will include team building and building leadership skills. Following this, LITs will engage in four weeks of Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) as leaders as well as weekly check-ins with mentors. During this time LITs will also have the opportunity to choose between three streams of professional development: Advocacy, Hype, and Programming.

LITs will have the chance to work with mentors to develop programming for Rainbow Online Connection (ROC). Based on the programs that are planned, there may be the opportunity to lead or co-lead their programs with another staff member or LIT.