Tweet about the number of gender attendees for Alberta Science Camp draws clarification from the organizers

Tweet about the number of gender attendees for Alberta Science Camp draws clarification from the organizers

An Alberta woman sparked a lengthy Twitter debate Monday afternoon after posting her thoughts on the gender-based number limits that a summer camp seemed to have in place.

Patti Marcellus said she was searching the web for a camp to enroll her nine-year-old daughter when she came across a children’s science camp run by the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

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“His favorite subjects are science in general, nature and physics in particular,” said Marcello of his daughter.

“Royal Tyrrell appeared in a Facebook ad, I think maybe in a Travel Alberta post, so I followed the link. It was the first time I heard of it. “

It was then that Marcello noticed something that she thought was an obvious problem; the website noted that the camp had 24 places available for boys and only 12 for girls.

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Out of frustration, Marcello decided to take his concerns to Twitter.

“I posted the tweet out of irritation, but I didn’t expect anyone to read it,” said Marcellus of the tweet, who had received more than 2,000 likes, 100 comments and 400 retweets in less than 24 hours.

“The attention the tweet received was overwhelming.”

Marcello stated that he did not intend to make the matter more important than necessary, noting that there could be a number of reasons for the existence of numerical limits based on gender.

After the confusion, the Royal Tyrrell Museum explained the numbers, which have now been removed from the website to avoid further misunderstanding, noting that many of the places in these camps are quickly filled by children, so a specific number of places are putting the girls waiting to avoid losing the experience.

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“The Royal Tyrrell Museum is committed to ensuring that all campers feel welcome and enjoy the camp, regardless of gender identity or expression,” said Elaine Secord, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, in a statement. Global. Tuesday news.

“Although Badlands Science Camp is often over-enrolled by boys, we make sure girls have the opportunity to participate as well.

“Registration for Badlands Science Camp 2022 opened on March 1st. All children’s seats are sold out from mid-March. There are still 16 spots available for girls for the five-week 2022 season and we expect those spots to fill. “

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The museum added that these camps also house people of non-conforming gender.

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