Can you tell me more about your CampOUT program?
Thanks for asking about CampOUT!
They’re another awesome program of the Centre for New Students here in Student Life.
You can find more information about them on their website, but for posterity, I’ve borrowed some of their content for you to check out below:
Excerpts from CampOUT’s Website:
Who We Are
“CampOut is a student-driven support/social group that provides a safe space for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual, Queer, Not-Straight; those who chose not to identify with a label; and/or those who are questioning their sexual orientation. The group meets on a weekly basis and we encourage those who attend to participate as little or as much as they like.”
“Email is our primary method of communication: firstname.lastname@example.org”
What to Expect
“The group is facilitated by a volunteer senior student who has been through the coming out process. The discussion topics each week are driven by the interests of those who attend, though the student facilitator often come with topics and questions to get things started. Discussion is quite informal – expect to laugh and to be challenged.”
“Each meeting will begin with a general introduction to CampOut by the student facilitator and an overview and introduction to the ‘ground rules’ (see below) for the group. Each person then gets the chance to share their name and how they are feeling or about anything that happened recently in their lives. The discussion then normally leads into any issues that the group members have or want to talk about. Sometimes topics include: queer people in the media, coming out to friends. People can participate as much or as little as they like; no one is forced to share anything if they don’t want to.”
“Meeting Ground Rules:
1) CampOut meetings are a “safe space”, where respectful and inclusive language is used at all times.
2) Discussions are not repeated outside the room and stay between the people in the group; you are welcome to discuss any issues that you are facing.
3) You are free to just sit and listen, or to participate if you feel comfortable doing so.
4) You don’t have to share your full name, or even your real name if you don’t want to.”
How to Participate
“Hopefully our website has given you a better understanding of what we are all about and how we run! If you are interested in participating, we can’t wait to meet you and have you join us! All you need to do is send us a quick email (email@example.com) to let us know you are interested. We will reply within a few days to let you know about our upcoming meeting time and locations.”
“Our group meets on a weekly basis in a location that is not publicly disclosed. This semester we are planning to meet each Monday at 5:30pm. However, please let us know via email if this timing doesn’t work for you; we want to make sure the day and the time works best for everyone who is interested.”
“Don’t worry! We are happy to answer any specific questions or concerns you might have. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the facilitators will respond as soon as possible. We respect your privacy – you do not need to provide your full name or other contact information. We will not share any identifying information about you with others.”
I hope that gives you the information you were looking for. If you’re questioning whether they’re the right fit for you, or are just nervous about attending your first meeting, you can always call OUTline to talk it out first!
We’re open on Mondays from 3:30-6pm and Wednesdays from 6-9pm. Friday shifts (1-3pm) will be starting on September 6th.