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Free St. Pete summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth goes virtual this year

Hosted by nonprofit Metro Inclusive Health
Posted at 5:40 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 11:26:36-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Oliver Mintz found the perfect summer camp. There’s gnome painting, telling jokes and making new friends.

Plus, it’s all free.

It’s all virtual to keep campers safe during the pandemic, and it’s for LGBTQ+ kids just like him.

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

The “Stay-In” LGBTQ+ Youth Camp is being hosted by St. Petersburg nonprofit Metro Inclusive Health. Kids get a colorful box packed with activities, snacks and a shirt.

Virtual “campfires” and “cabins” offer plenty of online chatter and bonding.

Program specialist Hannah Powell says for all the fun and games, the love and acceptance of the camp is the true magic.

“At the core of that fun is something meaningful that really resonates with our campers,” says Powell.

The camp’s second session will be July 27-31. For registration information, click here.