We build confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & non-binary 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 650 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, Director of Development Ruth Lindner, 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. All camps are directed by Nick and his team.
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!
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 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 in the bunks and in activities.
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.
"C. had a great time, "best time of her life" at camp. Possibility-opening, life-expanding sort of time." C.S., Aranu'tiq Parent