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Camp Outright

Summer Camp with a Queer Twist!

Announcement: Camp Outright 13.0 in 2024

Session 1:   Friday, July 5 - Thursday, July 11

Session 2:   Saturday, July 13 - Friday, July 19

Camper applications are open from Monday, February 26 - Wednesday, March 13.

Camp Outright & Winter Camp Reunion

Camp Outright is an overnight summer camp…with a queer twist! Campers ages 13-17 find their people — and themselves — through play, self-expression, connection, community, and queer joy. LGBTQ+ youth are celebrated and do not need to explain or justify their identities to anyone. Youth tell us that the acceptance and community they found at Camp changed them forever. Campers leave transformed by the knowledge that they are not alone.

Located in beautiful Vermont, Camp Outright is the sole camp tailored to LGBTQ+ and allied youth in the state. We offer two one-week camp sessions during the summer, and campers are invited back for a Winter Reunion. Campers enjoy activities based on their interests, from nature activities to visual and performing arts, to sports and social change workshops. It's a place where LGBTQ+ youth are free just to be kids.

Although most campers are Vermont youth, we also accept youth from out of the state. And, thanks to our generous supporters, we can 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.

And did we mention Winter Reunion?! Open only to those who attended Camp Outright during the same year, campers can reconnect with their camp friends for this bonus weekend to enjoy Vermont’s winter wonderland. There’s sledding, winter games, and a cozy lodge where campers can curl up with a good book. Don’t worry; there’s heat in the lodging for Winter Reunion!

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Oh, and here's an important side note: did you know that according to the American Camp Association, only 36 of the nation’s roughly 16,000 day and overnight summer camps are considered LGBTQ+ friendly, making Camp Outright a national leader in camping for LGBTQ+ youth? - You might also say that it makes Camp Outright a unicorn!

Although there isn't a comprehensive list, check out the other handful of camps for LGBTQ+ youth.

I want to live for moments like this.
// An Outright Camper

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Emma Makdessi (she/they)
Camp Director, Director of Community Engagement

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