Percent Met At Least 1 New Friends!

Emily G. - Camper (16)

“It’s been about 4 months since we left Brave Trails, and I have to say, it still hasn’t sunk in. From bonfires, to morning hikes, to staying up late chatting about my counselor’s new sassy dance move, Brave Trails is more than just a camp. Take my word for it when I say you will meet some of the most down to earth, kind, and compassionate people you have ever come across at BT. Brave Trails is not just a place for LGBTQ+ folks to come and chill. It’s a place to share ideas, educate and inform, but most of all, it’s a place where you will form some of the strongest bonds of your life. Why Brave Trails is so genius is the fact that we are making those bonds to last a lifetime, and simultaneously learning how to make a difference and work together. Brave Trails is here to make a difference!”

Remy D. - Camper (13)

“Brave Trials was the first camp I ever went to and I was super nervous. That didn’t last long. The staff went out of thier way to make me feel comfortable and the campers just get you in a way that my school peers do not.  Everyone there was just so kind and caring, it didn’t matter that I didn’t know anyone.  By the last day of camp, everyone in my cabin was my best frined. Camp is special to me because you didn’t have to live up to anyone’s expectation of you, you could be completely and utterly yourself.  Camp is more than just a place to shoot arrows and sleep in a cabin, camp to me is family. Camp Brave Trails is my home and I’m already counting the down the days until I go back”

Alex J. - Camper (14)

“This camp was my first ever summer camp because no other camp would accept me. The staff at my old camp didn’t know who to room me with because I’m transgender. They couldn’t room me with “boys” because they said I was still “technically female” and they couldn’t room me with girls because well, obviously, I identify as a boy and look like society’s view of a boy. Brave Trails was the only camp where I could go and be completely myself. Before camp I would be afraid to be open about my trans identity and live my life in secret out of fear of people looking at me differently because of it but Brave Trails taught me to be proud of who I am and that I will always have people who support me no matter what. Brave Trails has prepared me to live in a world that’s not one hundred percent accepting but it also promises me that I’ll have a place to go home to where I know I’ll be accepted, which is something that every LGBTQ kid deserves to have.”

Ruby - Camper Parent

“Where we live is not very open. My daughter has had a hard time making friends who understand her and she did not have the mentors to help her learn about herself. She has me but I cannot relate, even though am 100% understanding, supportive, and willing to learn. At camp she made lifelong friends and found the mentors she needs to fill her life with all the support she has been missing. She came home with more confidence and awareness. I cannot wait to see how she continues to grow with all the new wonderful people in her life. I was happy to share my amazing daughter with Camp Brave Trails and so happy they shared themselves with her.”

Maybell & Doug - Camper Parents

“Brave trails is a sanctuary for our child. It is run by the most dedicated and caring adults, who connect on a deep level with the campers and are committed to offer a real warm camp experience. Camp has boosted our child’s leadership skills to a new level, while at the same time allowing him to be his authentic self and grow strength through watching others do the same.”

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