Project Acorn

A campaign by Ten Oaks Project

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GIVE SAFER SPACES | Support The Ten Oaks Project & Send Kids To Camp

Who Are We?

Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth ages 8-17 from LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) identities, families and communities.

Camp Ten Oaks is the first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada. We offer children a space where they can feel not only accepted, but celebrated. For many campers, our program is the cornerstone of their year.

Our programming variety allows campers to receive instruction, strengthen old skills and develop new ones with the option to participate in outdoor adventure, waterfront, arts, social justice activities and sports. We empower children and youth through play that enhances self-esteem, life skills, independence, leadership and self-confidence.

Project Acorn

Project Acorn is a radical community-building space for youth aged 16-24 from LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities. For four days, Project Acorn brings together youth and those in solidarity with youth and creates a safer, empowering, and liberating space, where people can share knowledge, make connections and build bridges.

The program is a mixture of workshops, speakers, typical camp activities and magic that come together to create the most mind-opening and mind-blowing program possible. We want to create space to challenge the ways we think about gender and sexuality, and we want to be at the front of this movement.

How Does Ten Oaks Transform Lives?

Many inspirational stories can be found on our Website.  Here's just one.

Sherman - 15 years old

I’m not like every other teenager and I never will be. But Camp Ten Oaks has shown me that I can be whoever I want to be. And, nobody can ever judge me for that. 

I came out as gay when I was 13. I was severely bullied at school and it felt like there was nothing I could do about it. My social worker suggested I go to Camp Ten Oaks and that moment changed my life. 

I’ve now been to camp for three years in a row, but I remember not knowing what I signed up for that first year. I’m not normally an outdoors-y person and camp is, well, it’s quite rustic. I couldn’t believe it – not much electricity, outhouses, and never ending stairs!

After a few days though, none of that mattered. I was just having the best time ever.

For the first time I felt like I belonged. There are so many amazing people at camp. Ten Oaks was the first place I felt that nobody judged me. I can’t even put that feeling into words – it’s liberating – the best feeling in the world. 

Every summer I’ve gone back to camp, it’s affected my life for the rest of the year. Because of Camp Ten Oaks, I can be more myself than I’ve ever been.

I want to thank everyone with my life who makes camp possible. The Ten Oaks Project has helped and changed me in a way nothing else could.

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