What do we value at Harbor Camps?
Harbor Camps’ mission is to build confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & non-binary youth and their families through camp experiences.
At Harbor Camps, we recognize that our campers and staff have complex, multifaceted identities. While our campers are all transgender, non-binary, or similarly-identified, many of them have other equally important identities. We strive to uphold anti-racist values, and we condemn acts of interpersonal, institutional, and systemic racism. At the same time, we acknowledge that we have been part of a larger system that shows preference toward white experiences and has not paid enough attention to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) experiences.
We must continuously work to make sure that our campers and staff understand what racism is and how we address it at our camp. Outside of camp, our BIPOC campers have the added stresses of racism on top of being trans/non-binary. At Harbor Camps, we strive to ensure our BIPOC campers don’t experience these stresses while at camp. We commit to the ongoing work of addressing these issues when they come up, learning from them, and working to see that they do not happen again.
We would also like to challenge the image of the outdoors and camp as spaces primarily for white people; we acknowledge that camps have a history of being less accessible to BIPOC campers and staff. As we continue this work, It is important that we center the voices and experiences of the BIPOC members of our community.
How are we putting our values into practice?
We acknowledge that we have more work to do, and we remain committed to a Harbor Camps that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of our campers of color, parents/guardians of color, and staff of color.
This is a living document and will be changed or updated as needed.
There are many great resources online and in print. The following are just a start:
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"Thanks for such a wonderful experience for C. this summer. It’s lifesaving work you do. You are our hero!" J.R., Camp Parent
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