Heads up, parents!
Sleep-away camp is diving even deeper into the culture wars this summer, so you better make sure you read all of the fine print before you sign up your children for overnight experiences. Especially at the YMCA.
In fact, YMCA Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut, announced that it will be adding an "all gender" cabin in all five of its camp villages this year in order to provide "housing for all" this summer.
The "All-Gender Cabin" serves campers whose identity may or may not fall into the male-female binary, including allies interested in living in an all-gender space and campers who "don’t want to be in a traditional ‘gendered’ cabin for any reason".
Campers who request a cabin mate of a different gender (e.g., friend, sibling, cousin) or who have not felt safe in a specifically gendered space, or who "want to try something new" are welcome in the All Gender Cabin.
But that's not all.
The traditional Boys and Girls cabins have been labeled as "Boys+" and "Girls+" cabins to make sure that all campers are included and feel a sense of belonging.
This means that boys, "regardless of sex assigned at birth", as well as transgender and non-binary campers who feel they belong in this space are fully welcome to sign up for the Boys+ cabins.
Similarly, girls, "regardless of sex assigned at birth", as well as transgender and non-binary campers who feel they belong in this space, are welcome in the Girls+ cabin.
There are literally ZERO cabins available for children who identify as the sex they were born.
This applies to ALL cabins at ALL five villages, too.
So that means if you have a younger camper, say a daughter entering third grade in the fall and this is her very first sleep away camp experience, she could end up in a cabin with a biological boy who decides to identify as a girl.
The YMCA, by the way, believes it is the morally right thing to do to allow children to identify as whatever gender they like, and stay in whichever cabin they want.
The YMCA Hazen camp director, Katherine Davies, even said she felt it was "more transparent" this way, and then justified the mixed gender and gender "plus" cabins by saying, "we're not doing anything different from anyone else in the world, we just want to be inclusive."
But apparently "inclusion" doesn't apply to boys and girls who don't dabble in gender ideology at the tender age of 9 years old, leaving parents frustrated that yet another once treasured program has been infected by radical, progressive gender ideology.