Camp Pride, a weeklong camp for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, embarked on its inaugural year on the banks of Lake Cobbesseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine. This week is intentionally interfaith and seeks to provide a place of safety and support for our LGBTQ+ youth to discover and to be themselves. With counselors from multiple faith traditions and backgrounds, we strive to build a community founded on love, openness, and inclusivity.
While here, campers will:
1) Find a safe space to be fully themselves, to explore their identity, and to share their stories. At Camp Pride, pronouns are honored, names respected, exploration welcome, and identity celebrated!
2) Find affirming space for conversations around spirituality, identity, and love for self and others. We honor all of our campers’ spiritual journeys, offering support and places to allow for the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ identity and matters of spirituality.
3) Experience the fun of being at camp! Campers can enjoy all that camp has to offer, such as swimming, boating, singing, crafting, playing games, enjoying cookouts, having ice cream, spending time with old and new friends, and so much more!
In 2022, as we gather back from a two-year pandemic hiatus, our story continues! And that will be the focus of our week! Whether it is listening to or sharing of personal stories in many creative ways or honoring the collective stories of the LGBTQ+ community past and present, we will gather in the sacredness of queer storytelling!
As the recipient of a Carpenter Grant and many private donations, scholarships are available for all Camp Pride campers! To receive a scholarship, simply complete this online form. We ask that all who are able pay the $100 deposit at registration in order to be able to provide scholarships to as many campers as possible. If you need assistance paying the $100 deposit, please contact the Pilgrim Lodge Office.
Click here to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for Camp Pride.