Camp For Transgender Children Triples Enrollment
Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, California is a camp for children ages 4-12 who are transgender or gender-fluid. When the children arrive at camp each day, they make a nametag with their pronoun of choice–“she” or “he,” a combination of “she/he” or “they,” or no pronoun at all. Some children change their name or pronouns daily to see what feels right for them.
For kids as young as 4 -years-old, this Bay-Area camp is one of the only of its kind to be available for pre-school aged children. Enrollment for Rainbow Day Camp has tripled to about 60 campers since it opened three summers ago, and now has kids coming from Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and as far as Africa. Because of the overwhelmind response, there are plans to open a branch next summer in Colorado, and the camp has been contacted by parents and organizations in Atlanta, Seattle, Louisiana and other areas to do the same in their neighborhoods.
The camp also offers the services of a therapist for the children to talk to if they desire. Therapy sessions are also extended to parents at a support group after morning drop-off. Many of these counselors are transgender, which offers campers upbeat role models.