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Apr 7, 2016 2:30 PM ET

Archived: Camp Out 2016: An annual camp for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, sex and/or gender diverse and questioning teens

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2016

Camp Out 2016

By Camp Out 2015


The story of the project

Camp Out is an annual camp for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, sex and/or gender diverse and questioning teens.

Pretty incredible huh?

We hear ‘I wish there was such a place when I was a teenager’ all the time and there is! HOOOOOORRAAY!

We, the crew of Camp Out, needed a camp like this when we were teenagers, a place to talk openly and honestly about our emerging identities and to be around other LGBTIQ teens, without the fear of being bullied or discriminated against.

We can’t time travel, so we are doing the next best thing, making our dream a reality for the younger generation!!

We are so proud to be apart of this amazing organisation that we volunteer countless hours over the year to make Camp Out happen.

We believe in, and have already witnessed, the potential of Camp Out to deeply change young LGBTIQ youths’ lives for the better! We are doing it for the love!!!

This year will be our 6th camp and we hope that it has the same impact it has had on the teens who have come in previous years – in one word – PHENOMENAL!


We need your help to make Camp Out happen again!

As the Camp Out word is spreading across the community with larger number of campers attending camp each year our dream of having an amazing annual camp is becoming a reality.

But we are relying on grants and the love of the community to get enough money to make the camp happen again! If we can reach our fundraising goal we will be able to meet all the costs of camp this year without being in the red.

If you are an LGBTIQ person, think about how incredible it would have been as a teenager to have experienced this kind of support!

If you’re an ally to the LGBTIQ community, sending a message to young people that there are other people out there that care about their well being is so powerful!

We are turning to the community to ask if you would like to see the next generation of LGBTIQ people grow up empowered, self accepting, and ready to take on the world!

We can’t do this without you, so spread the word! Camp Out needs a hand!

How the funds will be used

As a non-profit organisation, all donations, grants, and other contributions that Camp Out Inc. receives go towards maintaining accessibility and high quality programming at camp, and keeping our camp fees as low as possible for all campers and their families.

Camp Out is staffed and run entirely by unpaid volunteers. We anticipate that the cost of Camp Out for 2016 will be approximately $25,000.

Funds will help us to pay for:

FOOD – We are super lucky to have an amazing small group of volunteers who are called The POPCORN PALACE. Every year these dedicated volunteers who are The POPCORN PALACE develop an amazing menu of ethically sourced, delicious, organic wholefoods and prepare it with love for 50 campers, 15 crew and workshop facilitators over the week of camp!

VENUE HIRE – We are so lucky to have secured a great venue for Camp. Camp Out is held on private grounds 4 hours north of Sydney. The site is surrounded by beautiful bushland and includes cabins, communal hangout areas, hot water showers and gender-neutral toilets. It is a private, safe and beautiful space. There is even some kangaroos around!

TRANSPORT – Bus hire to take all campers and crew from Sydney to our Camp Site 4 hours North and back again. Petrol ! And subsidizing rural and regional campers’ travel to attend camp!

INSURANCE – YES it is boring but public liability insurance and bus insurance are one of the integral foundational elements that lets camp happen!

SUPPORTING CAMPERS & MAINTAINING ACCESSIBILITY – Camp Out operates on a sliding scale fee system. No camper is turned away for lack of funds..

Your contributions to this campaign directly contribute to keeping camp accessible!! And that is AMAZING!!


Here are some testimonials from previous campers:

“Camp is like home. A place you can feel safe, respected and cared for.”

“Camp Out is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. There’s so many fabulous people I would never have met without camp.”

“Camp is a place where you can figure out your headspace. And then decorate it with glitter and feather boas.”

“CAMP OUT changed my life… it made me feel I can be who I am.”

“Words Can Not Describe how amazing it is”OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP


We have a wish list of other ways to help Camp Out if you cannot give financial support.

Perhaps you know someone in the 13-17 year old age range who might want to come to camp – as we’re still only in our 5th year; we need your help in getting the word out about Camp Out!

Or perhaps you, or your workplace, or your friends, could help by donating food, sporting equipment, art supplies, makeup and dress ups or other goods for the camp week – please get in contact at info@campout.org.au to find out how to lend or donate any equipment or supplies.

Lastly, please check out our website for updates and more information on Camp Out !!

Tell everyone !! Spread the word !!!




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Camp Out 2016

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