A new FREE outdoor activity group for
LGBTTI2ASQQ youth aged 15-29.
Get Out is a
Supporting Our Youth (SOY) initiative
dedicated to providing opportunities
for LGB2TQ youth to get outdoors, get active in Toronto and in the
For more info contact getout(at)sherbourne.on.ca
GET OUT in a CANOE 2013
SOY's Get Out Youth is planning
canoe trips for LGBTTI2SAQQ youth ages 16-29. Planned in partnership
with Project Canoe, these trips are an opportunity for participants
to build confidence and self esteem, as well as to learn to work in
a cooperative environment. The trips are scheduled for August 2013
and are free for youth to participate!
What is it?
- A five day canoe trip in Lake
Temagami, Ontario (Near North Bay, ON)
- An opportunity to learn
wilderness skills, camping, explore the outdoors and so much
- A positive experience in a
safe LGBTQ group setting
- No previous experience
necessary, everyone is invited to join
For an application, please attend
one of our open groups:
- Sunday April 7, 2013
@ 1 pm – 3 pm @ the Sherbourne Health Centre, 2nd floor – 333
- Sunday April 14,
2013 @ 1 pm- 3 pm @ the Sherbourne Health Centre, 2nd floor –
333 Sherbourne Street
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Youth Annual Canoe Trip
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is SOY (Supporting
A: SOY is an exciting, dynamic
community development program designed to improve the lives of
LGBTT2IQQA youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth
and adult communities. We work to create healthy arts, culture and
recreation spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing
and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult
mentoring and support.
Q: Who is GetOUT Youth?
A: GetOUT is a SOY initiative
dedicated to providing opportunities for LGBTT2IQQA youth (15-29) to
get outdoors and get active in Toronto and the Ontario wilderness.
Q: Who is Project Canoe?
A: Project Canoe uses
the outdoors, including wilderness canoeing, to create a
transformative environment in which young people develop life
skills, social competencies, and resiliency, thereby fostering their
own personal success. We partner with our youth, supporting them as
they carry these skills and successes forward to manage the complex
challenges of their lives.
Q: How much do trips cost?
A: This is a free event. There
are no costs involved to participants.
Q: Who is this trip for?
A: This trip is open to all
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, 2-spirit,
intersex, queer and questioning youth aged 15-29.
Q: When is the canoe trip?
A: There will be 2 canoe trips
in August 2013. They are 5 days long including a weekend.
Q: What is a typical day on
A: After your first night on
trip your group will wake up, eat breakfast and get ready for the
day. Everyone helps to clean up the campsite and get all the tents
taken down, and all of the gear packed up. Once everyone is ready to
go, the group will get into their canoes and start paddling! While
in the canoe you can play games, sing, talk with your peers and
staff or just enjoy the scenery. You and your group could stop for a
snack, a swim, a hike or to go exploring, before arriving at your
campsite for the night. If your group needs to cross over land
between two lakes on the way, you carry all of your gear and your
boats across a trail (Portaging). When you get to your campsite,
everyone pitches in to get ready for the night. This could include
setting up tents and tarps, collecting firewood, helping with dinner
or other trip tasks. When you are on your campsite, your group might
want to play some games, go for a swim, or just hang out and relax.
Q: Where do we sleep?
A: We don’t have cabins or
bunks. Since we travel to a different campsite every night, we pack
tents and sleep in sleeping bags inside.
Q: Can I bring my partner?
A: Absolutely. However, like
everyone else, your partner will need to apply separately to
participate. Getting on the canoe trip does not automatically mean
that your partner will. If you do both end up on the trip together,
we ask that you be respectful of the group you are travelling with
and refrain from public displays of affection while on the trip.
Q: Are there showers? Are
A: Out on trip there is no
running water, which means there are no showers or toilets. To make
sure everyone is healthy and clean we swim a lot. We ask that people
don’t bring soaps or shampoos on trip, as they can be harmful to the
environment, but we make sure that we bring safe soap that people
can use if they need to. Since there are no toilets in the woods, we
find a private spot, away from the water and go to the bathroom
outside. We always carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer on our
trips. Some campsites will have a ‘kybo’ nearby. A kybo is like an
outhouse, but without any wall! (Don’t worry, they are always in a
Q: Why can’t we bring our
electronics and cell phones on trip?
A: On this trip, we think it is
really important to leave the city in the city. Having electronics
like iPods or cell phones can be really distracting and take away
from amazing wilderness experience that you are going have with us!
On top of that, it is hard to guarantee that things won’t get wet,
dirty or broken on trip (it’s likely that they will) so it is better
to leave them at home where they will be safe.
Q: Can I come on trip if I
don’t know how to swim?
A: Of course you can! Knowing
how to swim is not a requirement for our trips. It is important that
you are comfortable in the water, but since we always wear life
jackets while we are canoeing it’s ok if you aren’t a strong
swimmer. Lots of our trip leaders are also lifeguards or swimming
instructors and could even help you to learn on trip, if you wanted
Q: What are the bugs like?
A: Summer in Northern Ontario
can mean mosquitoes and black flies. Depending on what time of the
summer you come on trip there might be lots of bugs (earlier in the
summer), or there might not be as many (later in the summer). We
always have bug spray and calamine lotion on trip with us to help
bug bites, and we recommend wearing light colors and long sleeves to
help keep the bugs away. Some people like to wear a bug jacket or a
bug net to help with this as well.
Q: What will we eat on trip?
What if I have special dietary needs?
A: One important thing to know
is that we usually eat vegetarian on trip. Although sometimes we
will have tuna, or dried meat like beef jerky. We eat lots of foods
that you might eat at home, like pancakes, bagels, grilled cheese,
pizza, pasta, stir fry, burritos and chili. We always have snacks
like trail mix, granola bars and fruit on hand, and if you don’t
like what is being made, the staff will always find something that
you will eat. If you have special dietary needs, let us know when
you apply and we will do our very best to accommodate you!
Q: Do I need camping/canoe
A: No! Lots of youth who come
on trip with us have never done anything like it before. We will
support you and teach you all the skills you need to know. What you
do need, is a willingness to try, and a sense of adventure!
Q: Will I be safe?
A: Safety is a number one
concern at Project Canoe. They have been leading youth on canoe
trips for 36 summers and have lots of experience in the wilderness
and in Temagami. Project Canoe trippers all have Advanced Wilderness
First Aid training, as well as water rescue training (like their
Lifeguarding qualifications or their Bronze Cross), as well as lots
of experience planning and leading canoe trips. They know what to do
in all kinds of situations, and there is always someone at base camp
who knows where your group is and how you are doing, thanks to SPOT
Satellite GPS Messengers (http://www.findmespot.ca/en/index.php?cid=102)
that we have on every trip.
Q: Who will be in my group?
A: Each group will be made up
of eight youth participants as well as staff and volunteers from
GetOUT and Project Canoe.
Q: What is the Staff to
A: All of our trips have at
least 1:2 staff to participant ratio. We feel that the combination
of our low ratio and our small groups really makes for a unique
experience. Our small groups are also conducive to building
relationships and group bonding.
Q: How do we get to and from
A: Project Canoe provides
transportation from Toronto to Temagami and back for every youth who
is coming on trip. Youth and staff will meet at the Lawrence Heights
Community Centre at 7:30 on the first day of their trip and will
return to the same location around 5:30 on the last day of their
trip. At this time, we are not able to provide transportation to
Toronto for youth who live out of town, but are willing to work with
individual caregivers and referrers to find solutions. With special
arrangements made beforehand, youth can also be dropped off at our
base camp in Temagami, if this is a closer location than Toronto.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Come to a one of our GetOUT
Canoe Trip open group meetings to find out more about the trip, fill
out an application, and meet other youth interested in tripping with
you. Groups will be held at Sherbourne Health Centre, on the second
floor, on April 7th and April 14th from 1-3pm.
Starting in May, we will get
together once a month on a Sunday afternoon.
Q: What am I expected to
A: Canoe tripping is fun,
challenging and rewarding. There will be opportunities to push
yourself but we work as a team and leave no-one behind. You will be
expected to put in your best effort in paddling, carrying gear, and
setting up camp, and to voice your concerns and needs so that we can
help find a solution. We ask above all that you be open minded,
respectful, and encouraging to others.