Rainbow Camp®

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*Special Funding Partner Update*

TD Financial has graciously committed to matching the first $2,500 in donations to the Rainbow Camp® campaign! We send our sincerest thanks to the TD Financial team for helping to support the campers, staff and community members at Rainbow Camp®.

What's Rainbow Camp® all about?

Rainbow Camp® is a one-week camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, Two Spirit (LGBTQ2+) and allied youth, their siblings and children in Queer families.

Rainbow Camp® provides opportunities for campers to make new friends and develop skills through traditional camp programming and innovative curriculum. More than anything, Rainbow Camp® is a fun, inclusive space for campers to be themselves without worry of judgement.

Why do we need your help?

Rainbow Camp® was founded in 2012 and has struggled each year to raise funds to make camp financially accessible to those who need it most. The limitations of renting a small camp space and a lack of funding each year has prevented Rainbow Camp® from expanding beyond 35 campers and 12 staff. We need your help to keep Rainbow Camp® operating each year and to expand to accept more campers who want so desperately to participate.

A large percentage of our campers come from the foster care system, and can't afford camp at all. We provide subsidies to ensure that youth from all backgrounds can access Rainbow Camp® despite financial barriers.

All of our campers identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ community with 70% identifying as trans. Your support enables our campers to experience one amazing week to make the other 51 weeks of their year that much more bearable.

How Rainbow Camp® has changed lives

"I felt as if a ton of weights were lifted off of my shoulders, and I had the freedom to be who I really am."

"Last year I came to camp I felt truly enlightened. I learned so much about myself, and I strongly believe that it wouldn't have happened if not for camp."

"My son had no friends, he's gay. I was so afraid he was going to commit suicide. Someone mentioned Rainbow Camp. My son went, he came back from camp happier than I have ever seen him. I belive Rainbow Camp saved my son's life. Thank you!"

"I struggle with positive body image and manic depression so the past few years have been hard for me. But at Rainbow Camp last summer I didn't worry about it, I even ate more than I had in the past week of attending. It was so liberating to not be concerned with my mental health for five days out of the whole year."

What will the funds be used for?

Rainbow Camp® runs on donations to provide campers with the kind of inclusive experience they so desperately need. Your dollars will go directly towards:

- Enabling youth from the foster care system to attend Rainbow Camp®.

- Travel costs for our campers.

- Providing nutritious, balanced meals.

- Supplying campers with arts & crafts materials to express their individuality and experience through art therapy.

- Supporting camper activities such as outdoor skills, makeup demonstrations, canoeing, Rainbow Camp® dances, and much more.

- Renting the camp location for the two-week duration of camp.

- Paying our wonderful, skilled, and supportive staff.

What are the perks for supporting Rainbow Camp®?

Over the past five years, Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath and Rick Mercer have headlined for Rainbow Camp fundraisers. Take a look at our campaign to see what they have generously donated for some lucky winners.

For every pledge of $100, supporters will be entered to win one of two exclusive VIP experiences including:

- VIP access to a taping of the Rick Mercer Report.

- An exclusive evening with Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath to be held in the Greater Toronto Area.

In the end, every dollar you pledge helps support the amazing work being done at Rainbow Camp® to not only ensure that it will happen this year, but expand in coming summers to welcome more campers.

Contest rules available here.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking the time to learn about and support Rainbow Camp®!

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