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CAMP OUTRIGHT 6.0 ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Camp Outright 6.0

Dates:  August 14th-20th, 2016
Location:  Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT

Welcome to Camp Outright

Camp Outright is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQQA) youth, ages 13-22. You do not need to identify as LGBTQQ to come to camp; straight allies are also welcome. Camp Outright campers welcome ages 13-18, counselors-in-training encouraged ages 19-22.

Camp Outright is a six day/five night residential summer camp program for queer, trans, questioning, and allied youth from throughout the US and beyond.  The program is a traditional summer camp experience with a queer twist! Campers participate in a variety of daily activities based upon their interests, including swimming and boating, team games like soccer, ultimate frisbee, archery, and tennis. Other activities include visual and performing arts, nature exposure activities, and special topical workshops to address social justice issues within the queer, trans, and questioning community.

See what everyone is talking about; view pictures from Camp Outright 5.0!

If you are looking to stay in the know on all things Camp Outright 2016, please sign up for the Outright Vermont and/or Common Ground Center mailing lists.

 A Typical Day at Camp Outright:

  • 8:00am  –   Breakfast  Camp Outright 6.0 flier
  • 9:30am   –  Program Block
  • 10:30am –  Unity
  • 12:00pm –  Lunch
  • 1:00pm   –  Swimming/Free Time
  • 2:45pm   –  Program Block
  • 4:00pm   –  Program Block
  • 5:00pm   –  Affinity Groups
  • 6:00pm   –  Dinner
  • 7:00pm   –  Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm   –  Cabin Time
  • 10:30pm –  Lights Out

Camp Outright intends to follow a program schedule similar to the one listed in this guide, however program events or weather conditions may necessitate changes.

Food: Camp includes all meals. Dietary restrictions will be honored as long as advance notice is given.

Cost: $625. This fee includes all food, all programs, all materials, lodging, transportation assistance, and a camp t-shirt.

Transportation: Camp Outright does not provide transportation to camp, but will assist in setting up carpools.

Lodging: Campers will stay in rustic cabins with built in shelves and bunk beds that house up to 8 (7 youth and 1 counselor, who will sleep in the cabin with youth). There is a bath house with hot showers, sinks, and toilets nearby. Campers can request to be in female identified, male identified, or gender liberated cabins and can request sharing a cabin with up to one friend.

Misc: Youth under 18 will need permission  to attend camp from a parent or guardian. All campers must have a medical form completed by a doctor or nurse practitioner, as well as proof of medical insurance. All primary camp staff will be Outright volunteers and trained by Outright staff. Additional information is available upon registration

Not allowed at camp: Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products of any kind, firearms, and pets are NOT PERMITTED. Food of any kind, candy, gum, matches, candles or incense are NOT PERMITTED. Cell phones and expensive equipment including electronics will be surrendered upon check-in and securely stored for the duration of camp.

We are excited to begin our second year of Camp Outright’s Counselor-in-Training Program. Past campers and 1st year applicants ages 19-22, who are selected to be Counselors-in-Training (CITs), will spend the week under the supervision and guidance of the CIT Lead and mentor counselors.  One program block a day exploring their leadership potential and developing facilitation skills, with the goal of planning and leading a workshop for their peers by the end of the week. The CIT program will also focus on fostering leadership beyond Camp Outright.

CITs gain valuable leadership training and skills through hands-on participation under the supervision of camp staff.  Staff will provide informal and constructive feedback to CITs throughout the week, with the goal of improving and strengthening one’s leadership.  Returning campers who will be 19 or older at the time of camp are encouraged to apply to become CITs. The CIT program will be limited to 7 campers.

Interested in becoming a CIT? Download the CIT Application HERE and return it to camp@outrightvt.org.  Applications are due by April 4th, 2016.

Camp Outright is able to provide queer, questioning and allied youth from across the country with a safe and supportive space to be themselves thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers. We could not make camp happen without folks like you! We are looking for Volunteer Camp Staff who are available to spend the whole  week with us, as well as Day Volunteers who only have a couple blocks of time throughout the week they would like to share.

Become A Day Volunteer!

If you can’t commit to spending a whole week with us, consider volunteering for a day or two instead. We will need all the help we can get to make sure that Camp Outright has another successful year. Day Volunteer Application are available HERE Fill it out and email it to camp@outrightvt.org or mail it to  Camp Outright, P.O. Box 5235, Burlington, VT 05402. After we receive your completed application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Join the Camp Outright Staff!

Want to spend the whole week at Camp Outright? Then apply to join our volunteer Camp Staff! Camp Outright Staff Application are available HERE!!  Email it to camp@outrightvt.org or mail it to Camp Outright,  P.O. Box 5235, Burlington, VT 05402. After we receive your completed application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Below are the basic qualification and job descriptions for Camp Staff (you’ll need to review these prior to completing the Camp Staff Application). If you have any questions about joining the Camp Outright staff, contact info@outrightvt.org

All Camp Outright volunteer staff must:

  1. Complete the application and interview process and pass a criminal background check.
  2. Fulfill position requirements.
  3. Attend a two day staff training and orientation sessions on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.
  4. Present documentation of current First Aid and child and adult CPR certification prior to camp (when applicable).
  5. Be at least eighteen years of age before camp begins in August, 2016 (**and if directly supervising youth, must be at least 3 years older than youth being supervised)
Volunteer Camp Staff Descriptions
Cabin Counselor
  • Supervise, guide, and provide support to 6-8 campers in group living environment;
  • Promote health and safety standards;
  • Work collaboratively to deliver an interactive program and to create an inclusive community;
  • Other responsibilities may include: communicating with head counselor regarding issues within the cabin, collaborating with medical &/or mental health staff as needed;
  • Serve as a mentor, leader, and role model;
  • Experience working with children and youth preferred; desire to make a difference required.
Head Counselor
  • Oversee, supervise, and support Cabin Counselors;
  • Collaborate, mediate, and intervene with camper issues as appropriate;
  • Adhere to and ensure that all camp expectations and procedures are consistently followed by Cabin Counselors and campers;
  • Participate as a member of the Administration team (A-Team) to direct and supervise camp schedule and medical and mental health needs;
  • Deliver scheduling information to Cabin Counselors and Floaters to ensure adequate coverage throughout the day;
  • Work with Program Head, Program Leads and Administrative Team to inform staff of any changes to schedule or staff coverage;
  • Serve as mentor, leader, and role model to staff and campers;
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers and working with children and youth preferred.
  • MUST BE First Aid and CPR certified.
Counselor-in-Training Lead
  • Oversee, supervise, and support Counselors-in-Training (CITs);
  • Collaborate, mediate, and intervene with CIT issues as appropriate;
  • Adhere to and ensure that all camp expectations and procedures are consistently followed by CITs;
  • Participate as a member of the Administration team (A-Team) to direct and supervise camp schedule and medical and mental health needs;
  • Deliver scheduling information to CITs to ensure adequate coverage throughout the day;
  • Work with Program Head, Program Leads and Administrative Team to inform staff of any changes to schedule or staff coverage;
  • Serve as mentor, leader, and role model to CITs and staff;
  • Facilitate and coordinate leadership programming for CITs;
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers and working with children and youth preferred.
  • MUST BE First Aid and CPR certified.
Floater
  • Support camp by filling in for cabin counselors, activity leaders, and other areas as directed.
  • Work collaboratively to deliver an interactive program and to create an inclusive community;
  • Other responsibilities may include: communicating with head counselor regarding issues within the cabin, collaborating with medical &/or mental health staff as needed;
  • Act as role model to campers and demonstrate stewardship of camp by being willing to take on a wide range of tasks and adjust to the needs of the camp.
  • Experience working with children and youth preferred; desire to make a difference required.
Lifeguard
  • Oversee swimming activities and, if appropriately certified, boating activities.
  • Comply with ACA safety standards as supervised by the Lead Waterfront.
  • Serve as a mentor, leader, and role model. May contribute in other area or serve as a Floater. Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer required. Current American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Certification and Water Safety Instructor Certification desirable.
  • Lifeguards often take on a dual roles at Camp Outright serving as both a lifeguard and cabin counselor/floater.
Please Note

All camp staff must complete an application, interview, pass a criminal history check, and attend the staff training and orientation. Staff training and camp orientation are planned for August 12-14th, 2015. If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend those training dates, please consider becoming a day volunteer. For more information send us a message!

Imagine what it would have been like for you if you got to go to a queer summer camp as a youth…

Or, if your queer child, niece or nephew, or grandchild got to go…

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Outright Vermont is making queer youth summer camp a reality with Camp Outright. With your help this year, we can meet our goal of sponsoring the cost of camp for half the campers.

In our first year, we made the dream of queer summer camp reality for nearly 40 queer youth from Vermont and all over New England. Our second year brought us even more campers and a greater number of youth and more fun activities such as glee club, queer fashion runway and iron kitchen chef!

Will this be the way you support Outright Vermont this year?

This is a chance for Outright Vermont donors to come together as a queer family and combine our donations to sponsor queer youth campers.

How many scholarships can we provide together?  Ten? Twenty? More? Pledge or donate your support today to the Camp Outright sponsorship online!


We love to hear from folks and talk about Camp Outright, but why go out of your way when you can get answers right meow? Take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions!

What are the dates of Camp Outright?

Camp Outright 6.0 will be August 14-20, 2016.

What is the cost of Camp? Are there scholarships available?

Putting on Camp Outright is expensive, but we want to make it accessible to as many people as we can, regardless of their ability to pay. The tuition for Camp Outright 6.0 is $625. This is much less expensive than other camps because we fundraise and write grants to keep tuition low. We do have a limited number of partial scholarships available for campers for whom the tuition cost poses a financial hardship. To apply for a scholarship, please email camp@outrightvt.org

What do the sleeping arrangements look like?

Campers stay in bunkbeds rustic cabins with up to 7 other campers in their age group and two counselors. Campers have the option to choose to be in cabins with campers who are feminine-identified, masculine-identified, or all gender-inclusive. Campers can select which cabins they feel most comfortable in, or indicate if they have no preference. Most campers will be in all gender-inclusive cabins unless they select a preference for a gender-specific cabin.

There is no electricity in the cabins or on the paths, so campers should bring flashlights and extra batteries.

What about the bathrooms?

All the bathrooms at Camp Outright are gender-liberated. There is a common bathhouse with two separate bathrooms which have toilets in stalls. There are also a number of single stall bathrooms around camps. All bathrooms have electricity, hot water, and locks. There are single stall showers at the bathhouse, both indoor and outdoor. The showers have locking stall doors as well.

What kind of food is there? What about folks with dietary restrictions? Can I bring my own food?

The kitchen staff produces amazing fresh, hot, tasty meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are options for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and people who are gluten free. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration form. Campers are not allowed to bring food from home as this presents a health hazard as it can attract wildlife to cabins and be a threat to others with food allergies.

Snacks are available between meals, and there is always a sandwich bar at every meal for campers who want an alternative to what is served.

How do I register for camp?

There are two steps to complete your registration for Camp Outright – online registration and paperwork/payment. First, fill out the online registration form once registration opens in April. Once that is complete, you’ll receive an email with links to the required paperwork and Paypal for camp tuition. Download, print, and return those forms to us. Once we have received ALL your paperwork and payment, we will let you know that you have secured your spot at Camp Outright.

I filled out all the forms except one. Can you hold a spot for me?

Unfortunately, we can’t save spots. In order to make sure you have a space at Camp Outright 6.0, get all your paperwork in quickly. Camp Outright is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How many campers can come? I want to come, but all the spaces are filled.

We have space for 60 campers. Once we have reached capacity, anyone who completes registration will be added to the waitlist. Sometimes registered campers can’t come at the last minute. If spaces open up, we will contact campers on the waitlist to offer a spot at camp.

Do you provide transportation to camp?

We do not provide transportation to camp, but encourage folks to carpool. If you have extra space in your vehicle and are willing to be contacted in regards to carpooling, please indicate that on the registration form.

What does swim time look like? What do I wear to swim in?

There is no required swim time. After lunch, campers have a few options of where to be – one of which is the pond. Campers are welcome to hang out at the pond without swimming. If campers are interested in swimming beyond the roped-off shallow end, they must first pass a swim test with our lifeguards. All pond time is supervised by two certified lifeguards and other camp staff.

It is Camp Outright policy that all campers must have swimwear that provides the appropriate coverage of the chest area.  Some people wear shorts and a t-shirt, some wear a one-piece or two-piece bathing suit, some wear swim trunks and a compression shirt. Our head lifeguard is a trans-identified swim coach who has experience helping folks get creative about swimming outfits that feel comfortable for them out of clothes they already own. If you’re interested in swimming but are held back by not knowing what to wear, he will gladly help you figure out a solution.

What do I do about medications at camp?

All medications will be stored in the health hut and distributed by the camp nurse.

What should I bring to camp?

When you register for camp, we will send you the Camp Outright Confirmation Bulletin, which includes lots of important information about camp – including a packing list.

Camp Outright 5.0 Winter Reunion!
Attention Campers from Camp Outright 5.0!  Winter Reunion Registation is now open!

Couldn’t get enough of Camp Outright last summer?? Camp Outright 5.0 campers are invited to join us for the Camp Outright 5.0 Winter Reunion!!  This will be held Saturday, March 5th – Sunday, March 6th in the Eco-Lodge at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro. We wish that all campers and staff could join us for this weekend, but due to the size of the Eco-Lodge, we only have space for 20 campers. Campers who register after capacity has been reached will be placed on the waitlist and notified if a space becomes available. The cost of the reunion is $40 and must be paid by Paypal, cash, or check to Outright Vermont by February 15, 2016.

The whos, whats, and wheres of it all:

Who: You! And other amazing campers! And of course, all-star camp staff!

What: The best 2016 Camp Outright Winter Reunion ever

When: 1pm Saturday, March 5th – 11am Sunday, March 6th

Where: The Eco-lodge at the Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Road, Starksboro, VT (aka camp) Please note that Outright is not able to provide transportation to the Winter Reunion.

Why: To celebrate our awesome community, reconnect, and have a blast