Transgender / Gender Diverse Programs

Camp Programs

  • Summer Camp: 2020 Dates Coming Soon!

    The Laurel Foundation offers the nations first free resident camp program specifically for transgender/gender diverse youth aged 10-17. The program is based on traditional camp programs, yet caters to the unique mental and physical health of youth who are gender non-conforming and transgender youth. The program helps to empower transgender youth in an accepting environment, filled with volunteer transgender role models. For many of the youth who have attended, it is the first time they were truly liberated and supported to be who they are.

    The program is held in Big Bear Lake California. With 60 youth attending, we have over 35 volunteer trans counselors who all have gone through an extensive interview, background and reference check process. In addition, the volunteers have 3 days of thorough training before they can be a counselor. We also have a full volunteer medical team up at camp to dispense all medications as well as a mental health team on site 24 hours a day.

    Activities include: lakefront activities (kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and tubing), swimming in our pool, high and low ropes, arts and crafts, drama, archery, overnight camping trip, hiking, and more. We offer session workshops that your child can elect to attend on trans rights, sex education and healthy relations etc.

    Applications coming soon.

    Early enrollment period for returning campers and low-income campers is from December 10, 2019 – February 1, 2020

    **Applications submitted before the appropriate enrollment period will NOT be reviewed. All applications will be processed based on their timestamp.**

    For more information on this program contact our Bilingual Outreach Coordinator Andrea or call 626-683-0800 for more details.

    Click here for Press on this program.

    For information about volunteering, contact our Volunteer Administrator, Lisa.

Day Events

  • Halloween Party - October 27th, 2019

    Our Halloween Party brings families together for an afternoon of fun, games, food and all their camp friends! Parents and children are welcome. Arrive in costume and be prepared for a spook-tacular afternoon. Please RSVP by October 23rd to Andrea or call 626-683-0800.

  • Holiday Party - December 15th, 2019

    Come join campers and family members for an afternoon of festive fun! We will begin accepting RSVP’s on November 1st, and the last day to RSVP will be December 9th. Please contact our Bilingual Outreach Coordinator Andrea with any questions and to reserve your place.

Margot AndersonPrograms for Trans/Gender Diverse Youth