Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend Camp Aranu'tiq's programs?
Why don't you say exactly where your camps are?
Confidentiality and privacy are very important to our campers and their families. Our camp population is not as safe as we wish they could be in the world outside of camp, and we want to make sure that the only people with access to our location are families & volunteers who are signed up to attend.
Is Aranu'tiq a "therapy" camp?
No. Aranu'tiq is in most ways a very typical overnight summer camp; our population (and great people!) are what makes us unique. We do not hold formal discussions about personal experiences of gender, though of course many of our campers talk about it with each other. Our campers should be able to be successful in a structured, loud, and very busy environment for a full week or two with 100+ other people.
Who are the Aranu'tiq camp counselors?
Can camper parents be volunteers?
Unfortunately, due to the high number of requests we receive, we have made a blanket policy not to accept parents, guardians, or close family members of campers as volunteers unless they are licensed medical professionals. Check out our family camp!
What is Harbor Camps?
Harbor Camps is the overarching "parent" organization that Camp Aranu'tiq is a part of. Harbor Camps was also founded by Nick Teich and is run by the same staff that runs Aranu'tiq. Harbor Camps includes not just Camp Aranu'tiq (although that is its largest camp), but also two weeklong camps separate from Aranu'tiq for the following populations:
- Camp Seneb for youth with dwarfism (2016)
- youth with craniofacial anomalies/facial differences (2018)
Visit www.harborcamps.org for more information.
How do you pronounce "Aranu'tiq?"
What does "Aranu'tiq" mean?
Aranu'tiq is a chugach (Yup'ik, an Indigenous people of Alaska) word for a person who was thought to embody both the male and female spirit. Aranu'tiq people were often revered and thought to be very lucky because their existence transcended traditional boundaries.
How many times can campers return to Aranu'tiq's programs?
Campers can come back until they age out of each program, as long as we have room.