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Camp Aranu’tiq was the first-ever summer camp established for transgender and non-binary/gender-nonconforming youth.

Nick Teich, PhD, LCSW, founded Camp Aranu’tiq in 2009 as a nonprofit organization. It began as a weeklong program in 2010 at a rented site with 40 campers, and has grown to serve over 650 campers each summer at its very own home in New Hampshire.

Umut Dursun will be taking over as Executive Director & Camp Director in Summer 2022, as Nick “retires” from Harbor Camps after 13 years at the helm. Nick will continue to be involved on Harbor Camps’ board. Presently, Nick and Umut work full-time, year-round on Camp Aranu’tiq/Harbor Camps along with Director of Development & Family Outreach Ruth Lindner, Director of Staffing Danny Pirtle, and Facilities Manager Steve Jaeger. The campers and staff are Harbor Camps’ only focus and passion 365 days a year!

Nick and the Board established Harbor Camps in 2014 upon purchasing the 116-acre New Hampshire property through a multi-million dollar capital campaign. Harbor Camps encompasses Camp Aranu’tiq, its main, largest, and “anchor camp,” as well as two one-week camps: Camp Seneb for kids with skeletal dysplasia and Camp Reflections for kids with craniofacial differences.

Mission and Values

Camp Aranu’tiq’s mission is to build confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & non-binary youth and their families through camp experiences.

We have up to 140 campers per session. We have campers from 42 states and six countries!

Our goal is never to turn away a camper or family who may not be able to attend for financial reasons. In a given summer, we give out over $200,000 in assistance from donors.
92% of campers said that they feel more confident in themselves than before attending Aranu’tiq
97% of campers said they feel like they are part of a community more now than before attending Aranu’tiq

We value holding a space where kids can be kids and many of the worries of everyday life are gone. We are not a therapeutic camp; our camp is purposely “just camp” where our kids can be themselves and enjoy each other and the activities without a requirement of discussing or defending why they are the gender they are.

We build confidence, resilience, and community for our campers by way of our campers:

The director and leadership team are hands-on every day at camp, communicating with campers, counselors, and parents. Our camp counselors are in the bunks and the activities with the campers. Many of our staff members are trans and non-binary/nonconforming, and all serve as great role models. We keep a 4:1 camper to counselor ratio.

Our staff work in all different sectors in their everyday lives. They must have experience with and a passion for working with kids first and foremost, and each of them has a personal connection to the trans community in some way. Please see the staff page  for more information on our counselor requirements.

"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

Get ready for one amazing summer!

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