Welcome to Camp Pride, a week-long residential camp for LGBTQ youths and their allies. Camp Pride exists as a space for us to explore our identities, our faiths, and ourselves, in addition to all the regular summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, boating, arts & crafting, and enjoying the beautiful shores of Lake Cobboseecontee. We are an interfaith camp hosted by Pilgrim Lodge, a camp of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Some things you might do as a camper at Camp Pride: make a flower crown, sing a song at a late night ukulele jam session, learn more about different faiths from the LGBTQ perspective, paddle a canoe for the first (or fiftieth) time, ask questions, write a poem, jump into the lake, walk a meditation labyrinth, learn about LGBTQ history, tie-dye a t-shirt, make friends from around the country, attend a dance, read a book on the porch of the lodge, play capture the flag, plan a spiritual service, dress up in your most fabulous outfit for a fancy dinner, learn to walk in high heels/tie a tie, make friends, have time to figure stuff out about yourself, take a deeeeep breath, and relax.
Some quick answers to FAQs:
– Camp Pride is for members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. Some people will have been “out” for years, loud and proud, and others might be in that process, and others still thinking about it. And others will be allies! Camp Pride is for everyone working on their own personal journey, whatever that means.
– We are an interfaith camp, not a secular camp. This means that multiple times a day, we have times to consider spirituality and celebrate different faiths through an LGBTQ lens, including but not limited to: Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Bahai and others. There will be no efforts at conversion to any of these faiths, and we ask that each camper come with an open mind and questions to share. Pilgrim Lodge (the host camp) is a Christian camp, so there are Christian symbols (crosses, fish, prayer banners, etc) around the camp. We welcome campers who are Atheist or do not practice a given faith, but reemphasize that topics of faith and spirituality will come up on a daily basis over the course of the camp.
– Camper housing is done by age, not by gender.
– Cell phones are allowed at Camp Pride but only at certain times of the day.
-This is a camp in central Maine. It is rustic with reasonable amenities (each cabin has its own bathroom, shower, bunk beds, and porch), but please be prepared to meet some woodland creatures and get close to nature.
With those details out of the way, we look forward to seeing you at Camp Pride this summer! Bring your best self, your biggest questions, and your open heart.