All About Camp

When is camp?
Who is this camp for?
What is the application process?
What is the cost for campers?
Who are the staff?
What will happen at camp?
What does the tentative daily schedule look like?
How do we make sure camp is as accessible as possible?
How is camp inclusive of people of all genders?
What are the sleeping arrangements and how will youth be placed into cabins?
What kind of food will be served?

When is camp?

Sunday, August 7 through Friday August 12th, 2022. Check in will be between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday and check out will be between 11 a.m. and noon Friday.

Who is this camp for?

LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, ages 12-18.

What is the application process and how many campers will be at camp?

*Thank you to everyone who applied to camp! Our window for camper applications has closed for this year and camp is full. Please watch our website for future events.*

What is the cost for campers?

No camper will be turned away based on ability to pay. We have created a tiered pricing structure that will meet the needs of any family hoping to attend.

Tier A, $1000 per camper– Closest to TRUEST cost of camp, if you’re able to pay this—please do, as this will help us get more campers to camp!

Tier B, $900 per camper – Partially subsidized cost, representing a $100 subsidy

Tier C , $800 per camper– Highly subsidized cost, representing a $200 subsidy

We want you to know that 3-tiered pricing is: 

1.     Your choice. On an honor system, each family can decide what’s best for them and their budget.

2.     Confidential. Your chosen tier is kept confidential, and it won’t impact a camper’s experience. Only members of the year-round camp team who help process registrations have access to this information. Pricing information is only referenced if you need help processing your registration.

3. Still need help? Thanks to gracious sponsorships, we are able to grant financial assistance to those who need it. Please email us at Camp Beyond Binary to inquire about financial aid options. The pricing tiers are confidential and based on your family’s own assessment. We encourage those who are able to pay more to choose a higher tier. No camper will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Who are the staff?

Counselors are trained and background screened adults age 24 and older. We will also have a nurse and mental health professionals on staff.

bright sunny day. three children in boats on a lake wearing life jackets paddling away from camera
Youth corcl-ing on our private lake

What will happen at camp?

A typical day at camp will include so many exciting activities!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks

Three activity periods where campers can choose between activities such as traditional camp activities, (archery, swimming, hiking, field games, outdoor skills, etc.), Camp Beyond Binary specific activities (LGBTQ history, self/community care, theater, art, drag show prep, social justice, and more), and camper led activities (nearly anything campers want to share with others such as games, sharing a skill, teaching ukulele, youth organizing, etc.).

Campers will also engage in two smaller group sessions where youth will explore their connections with our camp values (justice, leadership, empathy, transformation and belonging) and develop deeper relationships with a group of 6-8 other campers and two adults.

All camp evening activities such as campfires, movie night, variety show, games, story telling, collaborative art, and more!

What does the tentative daily schedule look like?

Wake up! 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and announcements8:30-9:30 a.m.
Small group meeting9:45-10:30 a.m.
Activity time 110:45-11:45 a.m.
Lunch12:00-12:45 p.m.
Free time1:00-2:00 p.m.
Activity time 22:15-3:15 p.m.
Activity time 33:30-4:30 p.m.
Small group meeting4:45-5:45 p.m.
Dinner6:00-6:45 p.m.
All camp evening events7:00-9:00 p.m.
Late night activities for those who choose9:00-10:00 p.m.
Brush and wash10:00-10:30 p.m.
Lights out10:30 p.m.

How do we make sure camp is as accessible as possible?

Staff and counselors will be trained in how to structure activities that are accessible to all taking into account neurodiversity and different physical abilities.

We will have a supervised quieter room where campers can retreat to when they need a break from the sensory stimulation that is inherent at summer camp.

How is camp inclusive of people of all genders?

At Camp Beyond Binary, we know that gender is wide open, spacious, and evolving.

Cabins – Our cabins are all-gender by default.

two small wooden cabins with green roofs and white doors set back in the forest
camper cabins are nestled in the woods in a ring

Medical staff – our medical staff are aware of the specific needs of LGBTQ campers.

Mental health – We will have an LGBTQ competent mental health provider on staff.

Bathrooms and showers are all gender. The shower house contains individual shower and bathroom stalls for privacy and comfort.

What are the sleeping arrangements and how will youth be placed into cabins?

Cabins – Our cabins are all-gender by default. Cabins will be split by age: 12-15 and 15-18. (some 15 year olds prefer to be with younger friends and some with older depending on their maturity level) Our cabins are rustic with bunkbeds and no electricity. We hope to also provide single-gender cabins, but this will depend on staffing and camper registrations. Cabins will contain 8-10 campers and two staff. Campers will choose their cabin upon arrival on the first day of camp.

inside of rustic cabin. two metal bunk beds. light is streaming in the windows

What kind of food will be served?

We offer healthy, filling options at every meal, as well as snacks throughout the day. We do our best to provide plenty of choices to meet everyone’s needs and likes. If you have special dietary needs please let us know and we will try to accommodate you (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, allergies).

close up of a light skinned hand holding a s'more with a camp fire in the background