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Transgender day camp among first to include 4-year-olds

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, Sandra Collins, executive director and founder of enGender, hugs her child Scarlett at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Gender experts say Rainbow’s rapid growth reflects wh... (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, Sandra Collins, executive director and founder of enGender, hugs her child Scarlett at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Gender experts say Rainbow’s rapid growth reflects wh...
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, children play at Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Organizers say the camp gives kids a safe, fun place to be themselves. The camp’s enrollment has tripled since it opened in 201... (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, children play at Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Organizers say the camp gives kids a safe, fun place to be themselves. The camp’s enrollment has tripled since it opened in 201...
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, camp instructor Kris Gambardella watches as camper Wilson shoots baskets at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Gender experts say Rainbow’s rapid grow... (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, camp instructor Kris Gambardella watches as camper Wilson shoots baskets at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Gender experts say Rainbow’s rapid grow...
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, campers Gracie, left, leans toward Nugget during an activity at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, makin... (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, campers Gracie, left, leans toward Nugget during an activity at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, makin...
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, Molly Maxwell hugs her child Gracie at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, making it one of the only camp... (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo, Molly Maxwell hugs her child Gracie at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, making it one of the only camp...
By JOCELYN GECKER
Associated Press

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) - In some ways, California's Rainbow Day Camp is very conventional, with kids making friendship bracelets, playing basketball and singing songs. But in other ways, it's extraordinary unique.

The day camp in El Cerrito, in the San Francisco Bay Area, caters to transgender and "gender fluid' children, ages 4 to 12. Experts say it's one of the only camps of its kind in the world open to preschoolers.

Rainbow officials say the camp gives kids a safe, fun place to be themselves. The camp's enrollment has tripled since it opened in 2015, and plans are underway to open a branch next summer in Colorado.

Gender experts say Rainbow's rapid growth reflects what they're seeing in gender clinics around the country: an increasing number of kids coming out as transgender at young ages.

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