About ROC

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) is a year-round program that offers participants (ages 12-18) the chance to connect virtually through at-home activities and staff-led interactive programming.

Click here to register! Please ensure that you have accurate contact information (email and phone) on your registration form so that we are able to contact you! Zoom links for each session you register for will be sent by email the day before each program to the email address we have on file.

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

Thanks to our generous, sponsors and donors we are able to offer our year-round ROC Program for FREE!

If you are able to donate, funds will go towards continuing to offer this program.  

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

Participants

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.

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.