2019 Summer Camps

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Summer Camps

Launched in the Summer of 2015, Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp  and Camp Kickin’ It were the first summer day camps for gender diverse youth and their allies in the nation. We offer an engaging summer camp experience with stimulating activities in a safe space in order to build identity safety, resilience and pride in being gender diverse.

We hire and train amazing counselors, who are often gender diverse themselves, to create a uniquely responsive, dynamic and engaging camp experience that foments deep friendships and pride in their gender expression and identity.

Our camp curriculum and policies that create gender diversity and inclusion have been featured in Associated Press, National Geographic, Gender Spectrum, the California Report for KQED, the Huffington Post, ABC KRON 7 News and Curve Magazine.

If we could give it 6 or 7 stars we would! My son said “For once something was good as I imagined it to be.” A place where my son could be himself without any doubts, exclusions, or explanations. We will most definitely be back next year.
— JENIFER | RAINBOW DAY CAMP CAMPER PARENT | 2017

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RAINBOW DAY CAMP

Overview

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Our summer day camps combine the fun of traditional summer camp with a safe and empowering experience for gender diverse youth. We also introduce our unique approach to self-empowerment and resilience. We take research based social-emotional intelligence curricula of RULER from Yale University’s Center of Emotional Intelligence, best practices of creating identity safety, and the most celebratory approaches of emotional resilience training to help gender diverse children respond mindfully and safely when they encounter bias. We make sure camp is fun, engaging and play-based. Campers get to be regular kids with a regular summer camp experience to develop their pride.

 

Camp Kickin' It

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Teens 12-18 come together in community to explore the Bay Area and dive into the social and emotional issues around gender identity and expression. Teens have their own schedules with some overlap with younger campers from Rainbow Day Camp. We alternate days on campus and "on the go"  off campus adventures. On campus we do spoken word, art, tie dye projects as well as watching films and kick backs. Teens explore both the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose as well as themselves internally in an affirming and engaging camp environment. Past excursions have included the Oakland A's, Lake Merritt, Thrift clothes shopping, the Castro, and various LGBTQ locales.

 
He made wonderful friends with whom he will continue a friendship-for the rest of the time here and undoubtedly on social media thereafter. He came home everyday happy, engaged, and confident. I am grateful for Camp Kickin It and those who make it possible! Thank you!
— MARGARET | CAMP KICKIN' IT CAMPER PARENT | 2017

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