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Queer Belonging Backpacking Adventure


Queer Belonging Backpacking Adventure is a paid program from June 14th to June 30th. This program is for High School aged youth who identify as Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of color. During the program, we will explore the themes of Queer belonging through community building, discussions, art, and outdoor adventures including backpacking, camping, and learning in nature. Participants will develop a deep sense of belonging within the affinity group and a connection to natural spaces. This program helps to create a safe space in which youth can connect on what it means to be QTBIPOC and learn how to advocate for more welcoming and inclusive spaces for all.

Schedule and Time Commitments: June 14-June 30th

  • Orientation day(s) 3 days- June 14-16

  • Backpacking - June 22-June 27 (6 days)

  • Front country camping- June 27-28 (1 day/night)

  • Day off: June 29

  • Culmination/Graduation Day(s)?- June 30th (1 day)


  • Meet at the Crissy Field Center (603 Mason St Presidio San Francisco CA 94129) unless otherwise noted.

  • Backpacking in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains or coastal landscapes, depending on weather conditions

Benefits and Pay:

  • $500 Educational award

  • $325 Outdoor gear provided

This program is for you if:

  • You identify as a Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-binary folx. (Inclusion of folx who identify as mixed, you are still whole!)

  • You are interested in building skills and comfort in outdoor adventures. (You do not need to have experience camping or backpacking)

  • You are interested in discussions of what it means to find belonging outdoors.

  • You are interested in cultivating connection to people and natural spaces through hands-on learning with art, journaling, reading, and investigation.


  • You qualify for free or reduced lunch

Applications are due:

  • Priority deadline: April 10. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. A short virtual interview is required to be admitted into the program.

Next Steps:

CLICK HERE To apply for the program

Thank you!

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