Nex Benedict, Rest In Power.
Hate will never win. Together, we will rise with and alongside you.
Applications are open from Friday, February 23, 2024 to Friday, March 8, 2024.
Apply TODAY on our partner's application platform.
Welcome to Camp BranchOUT (BranchOUT), a nature-based day camp for queer and gender creative kids where they can simply be kids! It's not just any camp – it's all about creating a safe, inclusive, and fun environment for 10-12-year-old campers where they can be their most authentic selves and are embraced and celebrated for exactly who they are, all while exploring and learning about the awesome outdoors.
A collaborative effort between Outright Vermont (Outright) and North Branch Nature Center (NBNC), BranchOUT takes place on NBNC's 28-acre preserve in central Vermont, where campers can immerse in the natural world to experience the sights, sounds, and sensations that nature provides. Fostering curiosity, environmental stewardship, and mental and physical well-being, our camp's hands-on exploration and learning in nature affirms experiences of joy and curiosity, both key to building a life-long connection to nature.
Applications are open from Friday, February 23, 2024-to Friday, March 8, 2024. Visit our partner's website at NBNC to access the application and for more information.
And, although there isn't a comprehensive list, check out the other handful of camps for LGBTQ+ youth.
Heck Yeah, we bring the sparkle with a queer twist in all that we do at camp! It's magic mix of LGBTQ+ staff who get it, camp decorations and signs that shout, "You totally belong here!" and age appropriate activities that integrate queer pride and joy.
BranchOUT features a nature-based curriculum with a queer twist. Exciting activities might include:
Exploring fields and forest
Classic NBNC games, such as Coyote Deer
Wading in the river and hiking local trails
Nature crafts and skills such as cooking over a fire
Catching insects and learning about the critters that live in Vermont
And so much more!
Founded on shared values, BranchOUT's programming is co-run by directors and staff from each organization. Together, we bring a whole lot of experience in the world of youth camps and campers - a powerful blend of expertise in our respective areas of nature-based learning and the needs of queer and gender creative youth.
In addition to this partnership, NBNC staff have actively and enthusiastically engaged in ongoing training about the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, ensuring a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ campers who attend any of NBNC's programs. BranchOUT is a continuation of NBNC's deepening commitment to their Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, which is about making NBNC's natural areas, organization and community more inclusive and equitable.
Together, we're dedicated to creating an incredible experience that affirms and inspires every camper. This collaboration marks a new chapter in fostering a supportive community where every LGBTQ+ youth can thrive!
We ensure that no one is turned away for lack of funds. Full and partial scholarships are available to support campers. The scholarship application is on the same form as camper registration hosted on NBNC's website.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our partner's at NBNC will manage applications when they open on Friday, February 23, 2024, so be sure visit their website to access the application and for more information on that date!
Check out these upcoming key dates!
Applications Open: Friday, February 23, 2024
Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024
Notification: March 29, 2024
Note: NBNC will publish BranchOUT's description on their website on Monday, February 12, 2024, so don't fret if you don't see it there. We promise, it's on the way!
And just in case you missed it, here are BranchOUT's program details.
Dates: Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16, 2024
Time: 9 am - 4 pm (drop-off starts at 8:45 am)
Cost: $400 (Scholarships are available, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)
Capacity: Limited to 12 campers
Age Group: For kids ages 10-12
Heck Yeah, we'll have fun!