September 20, 2012 | Posted By Rachel Epstein
We’re back from our first Queer Family Camp. About a hundred lesbian, gay, bi, queer and trans parents and their kids spent two days and nights at beautiful Camp Tapawingo, near Parry Sound.
Our bus left from Toronto in the pouring rain on Friday afternoon, but by the time we got there, the sun was shining!
The Tapawingo staff helped us find our cabins and get settled and the next day led us in some amazing activities.
We (attempted to) climb the climbing wall, balanced and swung on the low ropes, shot arrows at a target, went canoeing, swam, sunbathed, did arts and crafts and hung out on the grassy hill in front of the dining hall – enjoying each other’s company.
The Tapawingo staff were there to help us at every turn. They prepared and served us three kid-friendly meals each day, and led us in activities and games.
On Saturday evening, we had a talent show, followed by a campfire, including songs led by the Tapawingo staff. And of course there were s'mores.
The nights got a bit chilly (especially for those without heat), but we all survived in true camping spirit. We’ll be featuring some guest bloggers soon, with their stories and photos from camp.
We would like to take a moment to publicly acknowledge support from Community One Foundation, which partially funded LGBTQ Family Camp through the Rainbow Grants program.
We’re already thinking about next year and will keep you posted on the plans as they unfold!