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Camp fYrefly: It Gets Better

Submitted by: Kobie Spriggs
Camp fYrefly camp coordinator

Young adulthood is a crucial time for growth and change. I am certain we can all recall one special summer where our identity became significantly altered in a meaningful, positive and powerful way. Camp fYrefly strives to provide this exact experience to sexual minority, gender variant (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning) and allied youth between the ages of 14-24. The camp provides a positive space for individuals to be themselves without fear of violence or judgement.

As Camp fYrefly’s new Camp Coordinator I am utterly impressed with the inclusive attitudes and practices envisioned by the camp, its volunteers, co-chairs and board. However, what are most paramount about Camp fYrefly are the narratives and experiences of the campers who report personal transformations and an elevated feeling of acceptance in relation to others and most importantly the individual self.

As a prior Registered Nurse and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, with 16 years experience in Reproductive and Sexual Health, I am all too familiar with the negative consequences and behaviors associated with poor self-esteem. I am pleased to be part of an organization that strives to be proactive and holistic in their approach to youth, sexuality and individual identity. I am very much looking forward to the upcoming camp.

Camp fYrefly will be held during the dates of August 3-6 at Lumsden Beach Camp.  Camper applications are due June 15 and can be found online at: http://www.usask.ca/education/fyrefly/applications.htm . Any additional information regarding Camp fYrefly may be found online at the previously mentioned website. I look forward to meeting and welcoming everyone to camp this year and I hope any interested readers complete an application to attend or volunteer.

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