Podcast Episode 192: Summer Camp for Kids from LGBTQ+ Communities

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 192 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a camp director of a LGBTQ+ non-profit that runs summer camps for kids.

I’m delighted to welcome my guest for this episode, Olivia Fogel, programs manager and camp director at The Ten Oaks Project. Ten Oaks is a charitable, volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ families, identities, and communities. Although it has a number of initiatives, Ten Oaks is perhaps best known for the summer camps it offers, which make kids and youth at home, whether they’ve got LGBTQ+ parents or identity as part of one of those groups themselves. Olivia explains why she believes the programs not only provide a welcome, inclusive summer camp environment but in some cases actually save lives.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

The Ten Oaks Project official website

Camp Registration Page

The Ten Oaks Project Facebook Page

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What Olivia (pictured above with her dogs) wants people to know:

“Everybody deserves to feel accepted and to feel like they belong to something. We know that outdoor experiences and camping experiences can be transformational for you. And camping historically has a history of being very white, coming from colonial roots, and lots of big financial barriers; and camping experiences have historically been only accessible to white, wealthy people. Opening the doors to these transformational outdoor experiences that create, foster independence create deep bonds between youth and role models. These are experiences every kid should have, should be entitled to and not everybody is to this day.”

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