Last week, I had the honor of volunteering with Camp Aranu’tiq, a week-long, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth, aged 8 to 15.
The camp, started by Nick Teich on the East Coast, was held on the West Coast for the first time this year, in Southern California.
The mission of Camp Aranu’tiq is to “provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique outdoor camp experience and to foster leadership skills in a place where campers are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations.”
I received information about the Southern California session through my involvement with PFLAG San Diego. As soon as I read the materials describing the volunteer opportunity, I knew I needed to apply, since Aranu’tiq combines my two passions in life: working with children and LGBT activism.