Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The Camp is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. The Camp, guided by an arts-based educational philosophy, is jam-packed with dance, drama, music, writing, visual art, empowerment and reflection exercises, anti-oppression work, personal growth opportunities, healthy socialization, and in-depth learning activities about specific youth topics and social issues. In sum, Camp fYrefly's programming focuses on four key areas: leadership, individual development, socialization, and resiliency.
Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are responsible for enhancing the Camp fYrefly experience for a group of 5-7 younger campers (their pod) through peer to peer mentorship, education, and support. The Camp fYrefly Youth Leader role involves many important informal mentoring and leadership opportunities with youth at Camp including leading group activities, facilitating small group discussion and workshop debriefs with their pod, providing constructive feedback to other leaders at Camp, and providing one on one support and referring to other supports as necessary. Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are required to attend a two day training to set them up for success at Camp.
Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders average time commitment is 85 hours per year, concentrated over a few weeks in the summer.