Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics



Needham, MA


We provide camps for youth & families of specific populations that may often feel marginalized; our camps build confidence, resilience, community, and offer a place where campers can be their authentic selves.

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CEO, Director

Nicholas M Teich PhD, LCSW

Main Address

P.O. Box 920251

Needham, MA 02492 USA


national, transgender, international, dwarfism





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Minority Rights (R22)

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What we aim to solve

Transgender youth in general experience adversity, such as bullying, discrimination, and suicide, at significantly higher rates than their peers. Safe spaces are needed now more than ever. A report by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) titled "Harsh Realities" (Greytak, Kosciw, & Diaz) describes some of these hardships: 50% of those who endured bullying attempt suicide Approximately 75% do not feel safe at school 50% missed partial or entire days due to bullying 87% are verbally harassed by other students Approximately 25% experience bullying from school staff Camp Aranu'tiq offers 1, 2, and 3-week sessions for youth ages 8-15 as well as one week for counselors- in-training ages 16-18. We offer two long weekend family camp sessions for trans youth and their family members of all ages. We build confidence, resilience, and community for our campers. We also provide confidence, resilience, and community for kids with skeletal dysplasia and facial differences.

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We build confidence, resilience, and community for our campers by way of our campers: -Living communally in a bunk with others -Having face-to-face relationships with one another (no electronics!) -Participating in fun and challenging outdoor activities in a noncompetitive atmosphere -Learning that they are strong and have unlimited possibilities regardless of the challenges they face because of their identity or condition -Learning to be independent and to step outside their comfort zone -Making lifelong friendships

At a time in our country when transgender youth and youth with disabilities appear to be losing rights, and sometimes losing hope, our camps are ever more important. We provide a safe haven for kids and families to be among friends who understand - entirely - what each other are going through in life. Our programs foster relationship-building, confidence, and "strength in numbers." We provide skill-building in our daily schedule via the following activity areas: various field and court sports, archery, rock climbing, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing/kayaking, low elements challenge course, fine art, drama, and music.

Harbor Camps has four full-time, year-round staff that recruit campers, hire staff/volunteers, maintain the facility, and raise funds, and take care of all other aspects of the business operations. During the summer we have well over 100 staff and volunteers making our programs run smoothly. Funds from donors enable us to be able to provide much-needed financial aid and scholarships for those campers who would otherwise not be able to attend our camps. Tuition fees cover the rest of the operating costs for our camps. Director and CEO Nick Teich, PhD, LCSW, founded and currently runs Harbor Camps. He has been doing this since 2009 and had many years of camp experience prior to that. Nick and the board of directors are committed to Harbor Camps continuing to run smoothly now and in the future through lots of hard work.

Return rate of campers Surveys of campers, staff, and families Testimonials from campers and parents about improved confidence and friendship-building

We began in summer 2010 with 40 campers at a rented site for one week. We now serve over 700 campers each summer at our own facility, over 7 weeks. We have always been able to provide financial aid and scholarships to campers who would otherwise not be able to attend. We hope to continue to grow steadily until we are at full capacity for the summer, which isn't far away. We are always looking for ways to improve our property and maintain the wonderful facilities that we have.

External Reviews


Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence 2012

American Camp Association




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