Posted on April 3, 2018
What is Camp Pride?
Camp Pride is a week-long residential camp opportunity for high school age youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and supportive allies to create a safe, nurturing community. This community will be a space to explore and celebrate diversity in all the ways we are human, while embracing an open approach to spiritual life. We will support and learn from one another. It will also be a chance to relax and to have some fun together! We’ll delve into challenges facing LGBTQ+ people of faith, including people exploring their own personal spiritual truth.
We fully recognize that some LGBTQ+ individuals have been, and are, wounded by involvement with religious organizations. In 2017, many campers expressed an initial apprehension regarding the spiritual nature of the camp. Many shared stories about varied types of abuse and rejection they experienced within religious settings related to their sexual orientations and gender identity.
However, the unique spiritual climate offered at Pilgrim Lodge proved to be both healing and empowering. Camp Pride brings together LGBTQ+ youth with LGBTQ+ spiritual and faith leaders who act as possibility models for campers to create positive relationships with affirming spiritual and religious settings in their lives.
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 in West Gardiner, Maine.
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 or kayak for the first (or fiftieth) time
- ask questions
- write a poem
- jump into the lake
- walk a labyrinth in the woods
- learn about LGBTQ history
- tie-dye a t-shirt
- make friends from around the country
- attend a dance
- immerse yourself in the natural world
- read a book on the porch of the lodge
- play shaving cream whiffle ball
- plan a spiritual service
- dress up in your most fabulous outfit for a fancy dinner
- learn to walk in high heels and/or how to tie a tie
- make friends
- have time to figure stuff out about yourself
- take a deeeeep breath
For more information about Camp Pride, visit www.pilgrimlodge.org/camps/pride/