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What is family camp like?

Aranu'tiq Family Camp is a fun-filled long weekend for transgender & non-binary youth of all ages and their families. Extended family members are welcome! Our camp is located in scenic New Hampshire on 116 acres, with a mile of frontage on a beautiful 200-acre lake. The family camp program consists of:
  • Activities for the entire family
  • Facilitated parent/adult groups to talk about shared experiences while youth enjoy activities with our wonderful volunteers
  • Panel with parents, trans volunteers, and campers
  • Evening activity all together followed by hang out time separate for youth & parents
  • Meals all together in the dining hall
There is something for each family member to get out of the weekend while spending it with those closest to you. Grandparents and other adult relatives are encouraged to attend. Click on 'apply today’ below.

"He had an amazing time. He said it felt like 3 days not 3 weeks. He has shared so many incredible stories and I believe has lifelong friends. He sent us the funniest letters. He loved being a mentor to the eight-year-olds. He loved all of the activities. Also, K's dad and I were able to relax and know he was in safe hands.  Thank you again." Anna

Activities & Accommodations

Activities

At our New Hampshire summer family camp, activities consist of:
  • Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, and new in 2019 - tubing behind our brand new speed boat!; plus arts & crafts, drama, archery, rock climbing, "gaga" (a popular type of dodgeball), and a host of sports such as soccer, kickball, basketball, and more. Family camp also includes a campfire, a talent show, and other special activities.
 

Accommodations

At our Family Camps, everyone eats meals together in the dining hall and families stay with each other in shared cabins with a curtain divider and separate entrances for each family. We have a limited number of private rooms and individual cabins available for $150 extra. In most cases bathrooms are shared with other families in a nearby central location. We built brand new central bathroom and shower facilities in 2018. Click here to see our facilities.

"I cannot thank you enough for how magical this camp was and will continue to be for us, and all children. You, and all the staff and the volunteers change lives!  The role models, the kindness and love and acceptance from everyone is priceless...this will give him confidence to fall back on if and when times do get rough." Heather

Dates & Rates

DATES FOR 2019:
  • Friday, August 23 - Monday, August 26
  • Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2
Families with trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming kids of all ages, new & returning, are welcome! Rates: $250 per adult & $225 per child 2-17, which includes accommodations, programming (activities and groups), and 8 meals. Those under 2 are free. Thanks to donations, we are able to offer financial assistance and scholarships. More information is available on our camp application.  

"Going to Aranu'tiq was the BEST experience my child has EVER had, and she grew into a confident and more outgoing girl during her time there!! She has been empowered through the validation and acceptance she received at camp, and I will be forever grateful to you for this gift in my daughter." S.C.

Sample Schedule

The following is sample schedule is for Weekend days:
8:00am Breakfast 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Parent/adult moderated breakout groups on various topics relating to raising a trans/non-binary/gender nonconforming child
  • All campers and siblings participate in various activities run by volunteer counselors, such as field games, arts & crafts, low elements challenge course, music, and more
12:30pm Lunch 1:30pm – 5:30pm All activities (see “activities” above) are open to families to attend together; pop in and out of each activity as you please 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm All-camp evening activity (campfire, talent show, games) 8:30pm – 9:30pm Optional supervised “hang out time” for all kids; gives parents/adults a chance to socialize 9:30pm Families are back together for bedtime/socializing, etc.

Get ready for one amazing summer!