Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan is an educational, social, artistic and personal learning retreat for gender and sexually diverse youth (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) and allied youth. It focuses on building and nurturing their leadership potential and personal resiliency in an effort to help them learn how to make significant contributions to their own lives and to their schools, home/group-home environments, and communities. The camp is designed for gender and sexually diverse youth between the ages of 14 and 24.
Camp fYrefly was founded in 2004 as a university-community educational project by Dr. André P. Grace and Mr. Kristopher Wells, who were educators in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. In 2008, in partnership with the Faculty of Education, University of Regina and the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, committees of dedicated volunteers were formed by Anthony Bidulka and Herb McFaull with the now-realized goal of bringing Camp fYrefly to Saskatchewan. In 2017, a partnership with OUTSaskatoon, a 2SLGBTQ+ community based organization that provides support, education, social events, and sexual health services, was established. This partnership enables links between Camp fYrefly and year round youth education and programming to exist in our province! In 2019, OUTSaskatoon paired together with UR Pride, a similar 2SLGBTQ+ community based organization in Regina. We're now working together as a large team to plan and organize camp.
Our resource team includes adult educators, schoolteachers, artists, musicians, business professionals, psychologists, dramatists, dancers, writers, law enforcement officers, clergy, politicians, community volunteers, and queer cultural workers. Camp philosophy and programming also emphasizes a by-youth-for-youth approach in which older youth and adult facilitators mentor and help to support younger youth. In the spirit of advancing youth leadership, a youth advisory committee guides the development and delivery of our wide-ranging camp leadership-and-learning program.
Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan would not be possible without the tremendous support of many individual and corporate sponsors and volunteers who donate their time, talent, and financial support to help make the camp a much needed reality for gender and sexually diverse youth throughout Saskatchewan and Canada.
"Camp has allowed me to be my true self and not have to live my life in the closet."