Camp remains a powerful experience for youth of any age, but special care must be taken to ensure camps are supportive of diverse audiences. This article describes the process by which 4-H camp organizers created a welcoming and affirming camp for teen dependents of active duty, retired, or veteran military personnel, especially those campers who identified as non-binary or LGBTQ+. This included careful consideration of language used in recruitment documents, evaluation documents, volunteer and staff training, as well as communication with campers and families. Through careful planning and implementation, the 4-H adventure camps engaged over 90 teens, and survey results showed statistically significant improvements in camper perceptions of self-worth and satisfaction after their camp experience.
Hernandez-Hall, Ashley M. and Zemel, Kimberly H.
"Camp is for Everyone: Intentional Inclusion of Gender-Expansive Teens at Camp,"
Journal of Youth Development: Vol. 17:
4, Article 7.
Available at: https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/jyd/vol17/iss4/7
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