Get Out is a free outdoor activity group that provides adventures both in Toronto and in the Ontario wilderness. Activities include rock climbing, camping, skiing and more!
Who: queer and trans spectrum youth 15-29 who want to get outside!
When: Various activities throughout the year.
One-day canoe trip to Toronto Island, outdoor rock climbing with camping, five-day camping and canoe trip, winter retreat at the YMCA, a downhill ski and snowboarding day and more!
Registration is required for each activity through EventBrite or email. E-mail us to join the information mailing list.
- opportunities to participate in free activities with other queer and trans spectrum youth
- emphasis on skill development, trying new things and enjoying the outdoors
- non-competitive activities
- all experience levels encouraged to participate – beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome
From Get Out Youth
“One of the highlight moments has been the canoe trips to Lake Temagami, I really love being out in the Ontario Wilderness, discovering the forest and being able to connect with like-minded people such as myself and also knowing that I am in a safe space where I will be listened to and supported. I also really enjoyed going back-country skiing and snow-shoeing, it made for a great winter exercise.”
“I find being able to connect with people who enjoy being outdoors and physically active to be very rewarding and also being able to talk about important topics that I don't necessarily get a chance to discuss with other people. Get Out provides me with an opportunity to go outside and have fun, however, as someone who also lives with Depression and Anxiety, it is also essential for me to have these opportunities where I can socialize with other people and not feel isolated. All in all, Get Out has been a good anti-depressant, highly recommend it!”
Supporters: Intact – December 2015, Toronto Gay Sailing Club – 2015, Toronto Spartans Volleyball League - 2015
About the Facilitator
Pronouns: She and They
Anaya is a community activist, outdoor enthusiast, program facilitator and spiritual mentor who has joined the Supporting Our Youth (SOY) team after 3 + years of volunteering and providing mentorship support for LGBTQ youth programming in Toronto and the Scarborough region. Anaya currently facilitates SOY’s outdoor recreation program Get Out! and will also be facilitating SOY’s spiritual program Essence in the up coming months.
Anaya has a passion for working with LGBTQ youth and providing them with the tools with which to achieve their highest potential using outdoor recreation through a spiritually informed, self-aware lens. When not in the office, Anaya is camping, crafting primitive hunting tools and providing spiritual mentoring services using divination and other ancestral tools to promote self actualization and personal empowerment! You can also find them crafting up high quality aromatherapy based natural skin care products, or making delicious superfood medicines to pair well with Get Out! programming to better support physical and mental health in our community.