Camp fYrefly

Camp fYreflyCamp fYrefly is the Institute’s award-winning summer leadership program, which is a university-community educational outreach project that focuses on the educational, health, safety, and socialization needs of sexual and gender minority youth. At Camp fYrefly, young people engage in over 25 arts-informed workshops, which strive to develop personal resiliency and leadership skills to support them in becoming agents for positive social change in their schools, families, and communities.

Over 1000 youth have attended Camp fYrefly since its inception and can attest to the transformative power of the Camp to not only change, but also save lives. It is our hope to continue to expand Camp fYrefly across Canada, to serve more outstanding youth, and build an empowering wave of support across the country. Currently, three annual summer camps are held at sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan. To learn more about Camp fYrefly, please visit our various sites:


We acknowledge the support of the

Alberta Government

Camp fYrefly Q&A

Camp fYreflyWhat is Camp fYrefly?

Camp fYrefly ( is a 4-day residential style summer leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth who variously identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans- identified, two-spirited, queer, and allied. It focuses on building and nurturing their leadership potential and personal resiliency in an effort to help them become agents for positive social change in their schools, families, faith groups, and communities. To our knowledge, Camp fYrefly is the largest youth leadership camp of its kind in Canada and the only one in the world affiliated with a major research university, which ensures for research-informed programming, sound pedagogical principles, and strong fiscal management. All Camp fYrefly programming is guided by input from youth and facilitated by trained professionals and youth workers in collaboration with a team of artists, dramatists, and community and youth leaders. The Camp, employing an arts-based educational philosophy, is jam-packed with...

Camp fYrefly Theme Song

Check out the new Camp fYrefly theme song created by 2014 Artist-in-Residence Kate Reid and camper Chase McKee. Watch for it to be available on iTunes for download soon!

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