Camp fYrefly

Camp fYrefly is a fun, educational, social, and personal leadership retreat for queer and trans youth ages 14 - 24. Campers explore their identity, build resilience, enhance self esteem, and develop leadership skills that will positively impact their lives, homes, schools, and communities. Workshops, mental health support, art programming, and community building, are just some examples of what to expect! Check out the Program pages for more information or the location nearest you to apply.


The program was founded in 2004 by Faculty of Education researchers and educators Dr. André P. Grace and Dr. Kristopher Wells at the University of Alberta. Camp fYrefly began as a university-community educational outreach project that researched the needs of sexual and gender diverse youth. It has since evolved into a 4-5 day volunteer-based summer leadership retreat and is now Canada’s only national sexual and gender diversity youth leadership camp affiliated with a major research university.

fYrefly Name

The firefly was selected because they are the only insect that produce their own energy. The first campers developed the acronym “fYrefly” using this inspiration. 

“a great place for lgbt+ youth to connect and express themselves with little judgement and full support.”



Last Updated: May 13, 2022

Hello campers, volunteers, parents, guardians and friends,

With the health and safety of everyone in mind, our teams have made plans for return to in-person camp for summer 2022! Each location will have their own guidelines that adhere to the public health measures for their region and organization, along with any additional measures needed to help keep participants safe. Please reach out to us at with any questions or concerns.


camp fyrefly participants

“I learned how to be a friend, and I learned how important it is to have friends. i learned that it's okay to be someone different than who people expect you to be."
“Camp is really fun, so many different people, there's a space for everyone, and you feel like you're at home."
“I'm more confident in who i am, and i don't feel the need to live up to anyone's expectations of gender or sexuality.”


“ I learned how to be more understanding to people with life experiences much different than mine”
“a great place for lgbt+ youth to connect and express themselves with little judgement and full support.”
“Camp fYrefly is a lot of fun where you can make new friends, learn new things, to open up on how you're feeling and that it is a safe place to be.”