We build confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & gender-variant youth and their families through camp experiences.
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 500 campers each summer at its very own home in New Hampshire.
Besides being a member of the trans community and a social worker, founder and CEO Nick Teich spent 13 years as a camper, CIT, counselor, and camp administrator prior to starting Aranu’tiq in 2009. Nick works full-time, year-round on Camp Aranu’tiq/Harbor Camps along with Associate Director of Operations Eric Knudsen and Facilities Manager Steve Jaeger. The campers, volunteers, 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 largest and its “anchor camp,” as well as Camp Seneb, a one-week camp for kids with skeletal dysplasia and an additional one-week camp beginning in 2019 for kids with facial differences. All camps are directed by Nick and his team.
Camp Aranu’tiq’s mission is to build confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & gender-variant youth and their families through camp experiences.
We have up to 130 campers per session. We have campers from 41 states and six countries!
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:
Nick, the assistant directors, and leadership team are hands-on every day at camp, communicating with campers, counselors, and parents. Our volunteer camp counselors are in the bunks and the activities with the campers. Many of our staff and volunteers are trans and gender-variant/nonconforming, and all serve as great role models. We keep a 4:1 camper to counselor ratio in the bunks and in activities.
Our staff and volunteers 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 volunteer/work with us 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