Discover Your True Col-ours

July 7, 2023

You Belong Here to Find Your True Col-ours 

Discovering and taking pride in your authentic self. 


[Boone, Iowa]: Camp Fire Heart of Iowa held a pride-themed overnight camp week at Camp Hantesa centered on encouraging young people to discover their true colors. Camp Fire is a national inclusive youth development organization that focuses on connecting young people to the outdoors, to others, and to themselves. This special week of overnight camp is highlighting all the things that make you, YOU! Wear your true col-ours with PRIDE as we embrace our differences and celebrate as a camp community.  


“Having a week that is just for people who have been through those trials and tribulations of trying to figure out their identity and what it means to be them, giving them that space and that safety for a whole week to be exactly who they are, to be authentic, to be their true self, to say gay…to be proud of it.” Says Emma “Aussie” Lodge, Camp Hantesa’s Overnight Camp Coordinator. 


Features and benefits of our True Col-ours camp include: 

  • Creating space for those to feel safe and comfortable as they discover themselves. 
  • Allow for camper and staff to be their authentic selves and feel represented. 
  • Creating a space to have very open conversations about mental health. 


While this was a special themed week, we implement these values for each and every program we run. Join us for one of our many camp offerings over the next six weeks at 


About Camp Fire Heart of Iowa:

Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.


Friday, July 7th, 2023 

Anna Schaber 

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa