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.

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

-Camp fYrefly Participant

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.

The sixth annual Southern Alberta Camp fYrefly will be held June 30 – July 3, 2018. Learn more at:

This year, we are hosting Camp fYrefly for all Alberta campers! Check our blog post for more details!


Youth ages 14 to 24 can attend the camp for only $25. Youth Leaders are between the ages of 18 and 24, while Adult Volunteers are individuals aged 25 and over who help support the camp through a variety of roles.

Applications for Campers, Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers typically open in early March and close in late April. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at camp, these applications open in early March and close in late May. For those looking to support camp through helping out in our kitchen, and/or donating a meal or snack, check out the Meal Support application.



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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 Calgary Sexual Health Centre, 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