• This program is for:

    Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ youth

  • Costs & Fees

    Fee structure in application documents. Subsidies are available.

  • Location

    Varies

  • Hours & Availability

    Summer 2022

  • How to Register

    Application forms will be available on this web page in Spring 2022.

  • Contact Us

    Contact Us

Camp fYrefly is a fun, educational, social, and personal leadership retreat for 2SLGBTQ+ youth ages 14 – 24. Campers explore their identity, build resilience, enhance self-esteem, and develop leadership skills that positively impact their lives, homes, schools, and communities. Workshops, mental health support, art programming, and community building are just some examples of what to expect!

Camp fYrefly Southern Alberta began in 2013 thanks to a partnership between the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS) and Centre for Sexuality.

“My favourite part of camp was all the people, the safety, the community, the friendship. Being able to be me!”
-Camp fYrefly Participant

2022 Camp Applications

Campers

We invite all camper applicants to reflect on their readiness to be part of a 5-day overnight camp.

Camp fYrefly is a space of fun, excitement, curiosity, and thoughtfulness. It is also a space for reflection and exploration of identity. Sometimes we will find ourselves in a quiet sharing circle, and other times in a noisy lodge full of people. There are opportunities to have deep chats about identity in workshops and to sing songs around a campfire. You might discover new things about yourself and the people around you, and many campers leave camp with new friendships! It is an outdoorsy camp with bunk beds and shared rooms. A team of staff and volunteers will be there to support you over the 5-days, when you have questions or if you need help.

If this sounds like fun to you, we can’t wait to receive your application!

Limited Space

Each year we receive many more applications than spaces available for campers. As a result, each application is read by at least three separate reviewers who independently consider each application. Applications are reviewed for completeness, goals and needs, depth of response to the application questions, and previous personal experiences.

After the applications are reviewed, the Camp Coordinators will meet with the reviewers and make final participant selection decisions. Camp fYrefly is committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer groups. We especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and gender-diverse individuals.

Camp Cost

The cost to attend camp this year is $490 per camper.

We encourage those youth and families who can afford the $490 cost to consider paying the full amount. However, no youth will ever be turned away based on financial need. We have subsidized rates available to enable all interested youth to attend, starting with a minimum payment of $25 and rates available all the way up to the full cost. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, please contact Melia Wylie by emailing mwylie@centreforsexuality.ca to discuss options.

Registration Process

The first step for interested campers is to fill out the application form found below. Youth and families with limited financial means should also contact Melia Wylie as described above.

Next, we’ll review all the submitted applications, and in mid-May, we’ll contact all applicants to let them know whether they were successful.

If your application is successful, we’ll provide you with more information about registration and payment.

The registration package and fee will be managed through the YMCA camper registration system. There will be an option for monthly payments for those who may not want to pay the full amount right away.

In addition to registration and payment, if you are under 18, you will be required to your parents/guardians to complete a waiver and provide transportation information for you to attend camp.

Camper applications will open on April 4, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be April 29, 2022.

We want everyone to be able to come to camp, but every summer, we get more applications than the number of spots available at camp. Please write AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE so we can get to know you and find out why camp would be important for you.

After you’ve read the information about being a camper, please click here to fill out your Camper Application Form.

Youth Action Committee

We are looking for a diverse group of youth ages 14-24 to join the Camp fYrefly Youth Committee to help us prepare for camp.

The youth committee is an important part of Camp fYrelfy. The committee will help us plan workshops, brainstorm ideas, activities, and themes for camp, and provide feedback throughout the planning process. The youth committee will begin meeting in May, and successful applicants will be expected to meet approximately every two weeks from June to August. Participation in the committee guarantees participation as a camper or youth leader at Camp fYrefly 2022.

We value multiple perspectives and want to hear many different voices at this table. Everyone is welcome to apply!

Youth Committee applications will open on April 4, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be April 18, 2022.

To apply, please click here to fill out the Youth Committee Application Form.

Youth Leader Volunteer

To be a Youth Leader at Camp fYrefly, you must be between the ages of 17 and 24 before the start of camp.

Youth Leaders are the group leaders at Camp fYrefly and the primary point of contact for campers. There will be one Youth Leader and one Adult Leader for each pod. As a Youth Leader, you will guide the pod through pod time activities, workshops, free time, and transition times. You’ll also help make decisions for their pod. Youth Leaders build skills in mentorship, communications, and working with youth.

We invite our Youth Leader applicants to reflect on their readiness to be part of the camp environment and the experience of mentoring 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

Camp is a space of fun, excitement, curiosity, and introspection. It is also a space for emotional reflection, processing, and exploration of identity. Sometimes Youth Leaders will find themselves in a quiet sharing circle, and other times in a loud and boisterous lodge. It is a rustic natural site with dorm-style accommodations and bunk beds. Youth Leader roles may involve guiding conversations in workshops or singing around a campfire. You may find yourself supporting a camper through a challenging conversation about family rejection or a celebration of the new pronoun they chose.

The role of a volunteer is to allow campers to grow and learn in this space, build community, and have their physical, social, and emotional needs met. Past volunteers have shared with us that they experience both joy and exhaustion during the five days of camp.

Due to the diverse responsibilities of this role, an ideal candidate will be able to multi-task, prioritize their own needs and the needs of others and have supports and skills available to process their own feelings as they arise at camp. Camp fYrefly youth leaders create space for youth voices and opportunities for youth to excel.

Training

To help you become successful in this youth leadership role, we will provide you with comprehensive pre-camp training to help build your leadership, facilitation experience, and mentoring skills. This pre-camp training is mandatory and will take place in July.

There will be two evening training sessions on July 13 and 14 and a full-day training on Saturday, July 16. Applicants selected to be Youth Leaders at Camp fYrefly will receive a detailed registration package containing a pre-camp checklist and information on travel, meals, accommodation, and required health, dietary, legal, media consent, and Criminal Record/Child Welfare Intervention Record Check forms. If chosen as a Youth Leader, we’ll send you instructions on how to complete this process.

Honorarium

Youth Leaders will receive an honorarium of up to $500.00 to compensate them for their volunteer time and any time they take off work.

There are three levels that Youth Leaders may choose from to better reflect their budget:

  • Level One: $150.00
  • Level Two: $300.00
  • Level Three: $500.00

Youth Leaders who request the honorarium will receive it after camp is over.

Volunteer Youth Leader applications will open on April 4, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be April 29, 2022.

Camp fYrefly is committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer teams. We especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and gender-diverse individuals.

After you’ve read the information about being a Youth Leader, please click here to fill out the Youth Leader Application Form.

Adult Volunteer

Mentors and pod leaders – Adult Volunteers play a key role at Camp fYrefly. Acting as a resource for both Youth Leaders and campers, they help enhance the Camp fYrefly experience and serve to open up spaces for informal education and intergenerational role modelling.

Volunteers are there to support and provide guidance at pod meetings, meals, special events, workshops, and free time to build relationships and mentor Youth Leaders and campers. Many Adult Volunteers also choose to run their own programming and workshops or lead activities during free time blocks.

To be an adult volunteer at Camp fYrefly you must be 25 years or older before the start of camp. It is also preferred that you have had previous experience working with youth. Adult Volunteers serve a special role at Camp fYrefly as intergenerational role models and positive resources for Youth Leaders and campers.

We invite our volunteer applicants to reflect on their readiness to be part of the camp environment and the experience of mentoring 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

Camp is a space of fun, excitement, curiosity, and introspection. It is also a space for emotional reflection, processing, and exploration of identity. Sometimes Adult Volunteers will find themselves in a quiet sharing circle, and other times in a loud and boisterous lodge. It is a rustic natural site with dorm-style accommodations and bunk beds. Volunteer roles may involve guiding conversations in workshops or singing around a campfire. You may find yourself supporting a camper through a challenging conversation about family rejection or a celebration of the new pronoun they chose.

The role of a volunteer is to allow campers to grow and learn in this space, build community and have their physical, social, and emotional needs met. Past volunteers have shared with us that they experience both joy and exhaustion during the five days of camp.

Due to the diverse responsibilities of this role, an ideal candidate will be able to multi-task, prioritize their own needs and the needs of others, and have supports and skills available to process their own feelings as they arise at camp. Camp fYrefly volunteers create space for youth voices and opportunities for youth to excel.

Training

Your role will involve many important informal mentoring opportunities with the youth at camp. To support you in this important role, we will provide you with comprehensive pre-camp training to help develop your leadership, facilitation, supervision, and mentoring skills. This pre-camp training is mandatory and will take place in July. There will be two evening training sessions on July 13 and 14 and a full-day training on Saturday, July 16. Also mandatory is the completion of the Volunteer Waiver/Criminal Record/Child Welfare Intervention Record Check forms. If chosen as an Adult Volunteer, we’ll send you instructions on how to complete this process.

As recognition of your commitment, Adult Volunteers will receive a sliding scale honorarium of $0-$250, depending on need.

Volunteer Adult Leader applications will open on April 4, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be April 29, 2022.

Camp fYrefly is committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer teams. We especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and gender-diverse individuals.

After you’ve read the information about being an Adult Leader, please click here to fill out the Adult Leader Application Form.

Counselling/Mental Health Team Volunteer

The Mental Health Team at Camp fYrefly supports the mental health and wellbeing of participants at Camp fYrefly.

Mental health volunteers are available to help campers navigate the challenges they are going through and direct them to relevant resources in their local community. Mental Health team members can come from various backgrounds, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, youth support workers and other mental health professionals.

There will be two shifts for the mental health team volunteers. Each volunteer will only be expected to support campers for half the duration of camp. Please indicate in your application if you would prefer to support during the first or second half of camp.

Training

We will provide you with comprehensive pre-camp training to support you in this important role. This pre-camp training is mandatory and will take place in July. There will be two evening training sessions on July 13 and 14 and a full-day training on Saturday, July 16.

Volunteer applications for the Counselling/Mental Health Team will open on April 4, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be April 29, 2022.

Camp fYrefly is committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer teams. We especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and gender-diverse individuals.

After you’ve read the information about the Counselling/Mental Health Team, please click here to fill out the Volunteer Application Form.

Questions? Reach out to Melia at mwylie@centreforsexuality.ca.