Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, asexual, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The camp provides a space for youth to explore their identity, build resilience and enhance self-esteem, all while having an awesome camp experience. Participants return home with a support network of positive friendships, trusted adult mentors, and an empowered sense of self.

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 Calgary Sexual Health Centre (now the Centre for Sexuality). Learn more at:

MARCH 19, 2020 ► The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and campers is our priority and we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We are evaluating the potential effects this situation may have on our ability to safely host Camp fYrefly at each of our locations. For now, we continue planning and accepting applications and will update our applicants and website as the situation evolves. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Camp fYrefly Calgary at with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support.


Youth Advisory Committee ► Applications are now OPEN for the 2020 Camp fYrefly Youth Advisory Committee! Check our blog post for more info and to apply by March 15, 2020!


Camper Applications ► This year’s Camp fYrefly Alberta South is taking place June 30 – July 3, 2020. Applications for Camp fYrefly Alberta South are AVAILABLE NOW (see links below). Application deadline is April 29, 2020.

Camper Applications


Camp Volunteer Applications ► If you are interested in volunteering at Camp fYrefly, there will be camp-wide training taking place in Calgary on June 6, 2020 and June 13, 2020. For more information about different roles and to apply, follow the links below:

Youth Leader Applications

Adult Volunteer Applications

Workshop Presenter Applications


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Sample of types of workshops ►


“My favorite part of camp was all the people, the safety, the community, the friendship. Being able to be me!!”

-Camp fYrefly Participant


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Camp fYrefly-Calgary is greatly appreciative of the amazing support we have received from the Calgary community, including financial support from many individuals and organizations such as ATB Financial, Telus, the Calgary Foundation, Calgary Queer Church, Hillhurst United Church, and Deer Park United Church.

All funds donated to Camp fYrefly-Calgary stay in Calgary and are used to support the local camp. All donations are eligible for a charitable donation receipt.

If you have any further questions about Camp fYrefly, please contact the Camp Coordinator at



Thanks to the great relationship between iSMSS, Camp fYrefly and Centre for Sexuality, we are proud to offer an exciting and new LGBTQ+ awareness and anti-homophobia program to Calgary and area schools called fYrefly-in-Schools.

fYrefly-in-Schools educates students on LGBTQ+ identities and the impact of homophobic and transphobic behaviour, giving them tools to challenge discrimination through activities, participation and stories from a youth panel.

Experienced educators facilitate activity-based workshops with help from a youth peer education team. The fYrefly-in-Schools program is grounded in the fact that all students in Alberta’s schools must be provided with a safe and caring environment free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression.


Looking for More Information? If you are interested in our program, please see the fYrefly in Schools website.

To book a free workshop for Calgary and area please email