Welcome to Gender Camps, and thank you for visiting!

Gender Camps 2021

We are excited to share with you that we will be running Gender Camps this summer! It’s our intention to run each camp in person, assuming that it is allowable in LA County. We’ll be implementing safety guidelines from the CDC and state and local public health departments. We are also a member of the ACA (American Camp Association) and are following with interest their guidelines and recommendations.

In a strong effort to make the camps as safe as possible, we are in the process of doing a thorough risk assessment, as well as creating safety protocols for each camp. Since smaller groups are advisable, our Gender Camps will be capped at lower numbers. Finally, Program Directors Caroline and Erin will each have been vaccinated. We’ll keep you informed about any other staff members.

Gendercamps.com is a collaboration between Caroline Carter, PsyD and the Institute for Girls’ Development. We offer two awesome day camps for TGNB youth. Check out each individual camp page for 2021 camp dates. épanouie is geared for transfeminine youth ages 10-12, and Unicorn Day Camp is for transgender and gender nonbinary kids ages 6-10. Just click the links above for more info on the camps and how to register.

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Meet the Program Directors

Please feel free to contact Caroline or Erin for more information on the summer programs, activities, or other questions about our organizations.

Caroline Portrait

Caroline Carter, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
PSY 30377

My specialty and passion are in working with transgender and gender nonbinary (TGNB) children and youth, ages two and up. Community and a “sense of belonging” are developmentally paramount for children to access their innate authenticity, happiness, and resiliency. This sense of belonging comes from seeing one’s experience mirrored in another. épanouie and Unicorn Day Camp were created with this primary goal in mind – to connect youth on similar gender journeys! Each camp provides excitement and fun, while aiming to build esteem around children’s TGNC identities. I hope your child can join us this summer!


Erin Portrait

Erin Norton, Psy.D.

Registered Psychological Assistant PSB 94025827
Supervised by Vicki Chiang, Psy.D. PSY 21136

Youth are the future, and my passion lies in aiding and empowering healthy children and teens to forge a steady path. I believe providing young people with practical toolkits and bolstering their self-awareness and self-love are integral for support as they navigate their lives. My mission is to empower youth and provide a safe space for self-exploration, while simultaneously fostering a sense of resiliency, determination and compassion for one’s self and others. These values, as well as my passion for TGNB youth, have both motivated and informed me in helping to create épanouie and Unicorn Day Camp.



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Working with TGNB youth is the highlight of my practice. Wherever your child is on their gender journey, the support and partnership therapy will offer can both ease the process and strengthen resilience and esteem. My work with TGNB youth includes individual therapy, family therapy, as well as therapy with siblings.



IFGD is committed to helping girls, gender-expansive youth, their families, and their communities build on strengths, develop authentic voices, and engage in growth-fostering relationships.


Sponsorship provided by:

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Our mission is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. Our vision is to create a society in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.


Institute for Girls’ Development is a member of the American Camp Association

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