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).

2020 UPDATE: Camp fYrefly On The Web!

We will not be running a physical Camp fYrefly Southern Alberta this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we know that nothing will quite replace the in-person experience of Camp fYrefly, the Centre for Sexuality is committed to creating an online and remote option so participants still have access to support and community. Camp fYrefly is a space that for many of us exists not just alongside a river or lake, in a cabin or forest but in our hearts, minds and connections to community. The people are who truly make camp happen – with a sense of deep caring, respect and passion for improving the lives of LGBTQ2S+ youth in Southern Alberta. Please see our info below for ways people in our communities can stay involved in the building connections, skills and support for youth this summer.

► Workshop facilitator:

We are seeking workshop presenters to deliver online content for Camp fYrefly “On the Web.” Past workshops have included content on identity, arts, social justice, empowerment and community. There is an optional $75.00 honorarium for workshops. Our workshop deadline is June 26th, and you will find out if you are accepted on June 30th. Camp is happening from July 12-18. If you have questions, e-mail

► Camper:

If you are an LGBTQ2S+ or allied youth living in Southern Alberta, between the ages of 14-24, this is your change to register for Camp fYrefly Southern Alberta “On the Web” from July 12-18th. This will be a week of building community and learning through daily pod meet-ups, workshops and creative prompts and activities. This year, registration will be open until all of our spaces are full, and all campers who register and are eligible will be accepted to attend. If you have any questions, e-mail


Please reach out to Camp fYrefly Calgary at with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support. Learn more at:


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

-Camp fYrefly Participant


Donate to Camp fYrefly

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