Summer camp is probably a life-changing event for many of us. It may be the place where we found or renewed our faith. Studies have shown that about 75% of people in church leadership (clergy, lay professionals, council members) had a significant camp experience. Lutherans place a lot of value on the camp experience.
Now, there are now three organizations that offer camps and retreats for youth who want to explore the connections between faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity. These camps are designed not only for LGBT youth, but youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities. And…amazingly enough, they are all sponsored by Lutherans! The three camps have the stamp of approval of the Youth, Young Adult, and Family Committee of Lutherans Concerned/North America. All three are listed on the Youth, Young Adult, and Family Committee page of the LC/NA web site.
April 16-18, 2010
Bear Creek Camp, Wilkes Barre, PA
Theme: Gift and Trust
This is an opportunity for young people who identify as LGBTQ and their allies and who are Christian to come together and safely share worship; faith journeys and struggles; and enjoy fellowship with other Christian teens. The camp is designed for 15-17 year olds who currently in 9th to 12th grades who are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ or questioning and their allies and who are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality alongside their own spirituality and are excited to spend time with other teenagers and staff in fellowship, worship, games, Bible Study, crafts, and guest speakers.
If you have questions about the camp or would like more information, please contact Fred Wolfe at 215-387-2885.
Spiritual Pride Project
April 23-25, 2010
Camp Lutherhill, LaGrange, TX
The Spiritual Pride Project is a new ministry that hopes to serve as a resource, a discussion forum, a community, and a sounding block for youth of all sexual orientations. More specifically, we are a weekend retreat where both sexuality and spirituality are seen as equally valuable gifts from God. It offers a weekend camp retreat as a safe, accepting and loving community where GLBTQIA (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Question Intersex and Allied) youth can discuss how their sexuality and spirituality are beautiful gifts from God. The camp accompanies youth on the faith journey as they celebrate and struggle with our faith, family, friends, school, relationships, and everything in between. This is still camp after all, so everyone enjoys God's creation and have a blast sharing our creative talents, playing games, and challenging each other. All People of all belief backgrounds are welcome!
The Naming Project
July 18-23, 2010
Bay Lake Camp, Deerwood, Minnesota
Theme: I Love to Tell the Story
The Naming Project Summer Camp is for 15-18 year olds or those who have completed 9th-12th grades who are of any sexual orientation or gender identity or expression who are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality in terms of their own spiritual journey and are excited to spend time with other teen campers and staff while canoeing, swimming, hiking, singing, doing arts and crafts. The theme for this summer’s session is I Love to Tell the Story. Campers will spend the week talking about how our stories connect with the ongoing story of God’s relationship with humanity. Each day, campers will spend time actively crafting and expressing their stories.Youth will be actively involved in conversation around their life experiences and Biblically based themes.This week of camp will give youth the opportunity to experience God's love and the care and support of community in new and incredible ways. Throughout the week there will be dialogue with staff and guest speakers, while enjoying the great outdoors and summer camp fun!