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Frequently Asked Question

Who can attend Camp Aranu'tiq's programs?

Camp Aranu'tiq is for those who feel that they do not fit into the norms our society has prescribed for gender. This includes those who have "transitioned," those who happen to express their gender differently than others, and those who may experience teasing or bullying because of their gender.

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?

Our counselors are a mix of staff and volunteers who help create a wonderful place for our youth. Many return summer after summer. About half to two-thirds of our counselors at each program are trans-identified. We feel it is important to have role models who are of all gender identities and expressions. We seek a diverse group of staff and volunteers. We have an application process that includes interviews, references, and background checks.

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) 
Each of these communities are often marginalized and face teasing and bullying simply because of who they are. Harbor Camps seeks to be a safe camp atmosphere that brings together youth, historically under-served in the camp community, who can understand each other's journeys and make lifelong friends. All of Harbor Camps' additional camps take place at our property in New Hampshire.
Visit www.harborcamps.org for more information.

How do you pronounce "Aranu'tiq?"

Ar-a-NOO-tick

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.

Can campers attend both the NH & CA flagship camps in the same year?

Yes, as long as there is room!