Camp fYrefly is Canada’s largest, volunteer-based, summer leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning) and allied youth.
In partnership with the Faculty of Education, University of Regina and the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan will be held in Saskatchewan (alternating between Saskatoon and Regina) each summer.
Community stakeholders along with Camp fYrefly founders joined together in a province-wide initiative to identify the needs of sexual and gender minority youth and develop the resources required to implement a Saskatchewan-based camp. Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan is dedicated to the guiding principle of helping sexual and gender minority youth move from being “at-risk” to a place where they can be resilient and positively address the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.
The camp is peer driven and jam-packed with drama, music, writing, visual art, empowerment and reflection exercises, anti-oppression work, personal growth opportunities, healthy socialization, and in-depth learning activities about specific youth topics and social issues. The camp will feature day and evening workshops, with designated time set aside for personal reflection, community building, and social activities.
- Potential workshop topics include:
- Leadership skill-building
- Confronting bias and dealing with diversity
- Combating preconceived notions and confronting stereotypes
- Coming out and coming-to-terms with sexual and gender minority issues
- Negotiating relationships with peers, parents, and care givers
- Healthy dating and relationship skills
- Bullying and discrimination
- Challenging oppression through art
- Youth health and safety
- Participatory drama
- Youth networking, self-esteem, and resiliency building
- Nurturing ourselves