Metro Inclusive Health Hosts Virtual Summer Camp for LGBTQ Florida Youth

Metro Inclusive Health has a new virtual summer camp for LGBTQ+ kids in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The camp includes gnome painting, campfires, jokes and lots of friends. Everything is virtual to ensure the campers are safe in the face of COVID-19.

“Everyone feels very safe, very welcome, and can be exactly who they are,” says 17-year-old Oliver Mintz, a camper.

The “Stay-In” LGBTQ+ Youth Camp is the brainchild of the St Petersburg nonprofit Metro Inclusive Health. Campers receive a box filled with snacks, activities and even a shirt. They can log in to virtual cabins and join other campers online for campfires.

Bonding with other LGBTQ+ campers can mean everything to kids who are social distancing at home. “At the core of that fun is something meaningful that really resonates with our campers,” says Hannah Powell, a program specialist. 

The virtual summer camp has a second session planned for July 27-31, 2020.  Click here to register.

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Written by Honey Goudard

Honey lives in St Petersburg, Florida with her two sons Xerxes, and Wil and her boyfriend Anthony. She is a straight ally and one of her children identifies as lgbtq. She enjoys writing as well as cross stitching, dancing and cooking. She was born in Miami, Florida but grew up in St Pete, remaining always a native Floridian. She loves her two cats, and chocolate, lots of chocolate.

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