We keep telling you you’re going to have an amazing time if you come to A-Camp, and it’s true, but hey, don’t take our words for it! We asked 12 awesome queer humans who have attended all three A-Camps and are signed up for October to tell us why they keep coming back, and what it means to them. Read their words, swoon over their faces, then register to come join us on the mountain – hurry, because we only have a few spots left and we want you there!
“I keep coming back because A-Camp is a place I can escape to twice a year; this magical utopia on top of a mountain where I feel validated, beautiful, accepted, and unconditionally loved. There is nothing else in the world like that.”
“You should come to camp because it is like coming home. There is something really wonderful and validating about being in a super accepting queer bubble for a couple of days… it’s a pretty magical experience.”
“Come to camp if you have ever imagined a magical word in which intelligent, respectful queer folks of all kinds come together to talk about tough issues, support one another and party their faces off.”
“There is nowhere else in the world like A-Camp. Magical really is the only way to describe it. It’s a place where you can just be you, and there are no judgments about that from anyone. Every queer person should have the opportunity to experience A-Camp, even just once, in their lifetime.”
“Going to A-Camp is like breathing when you didn’t realize you were holding your breath the whole time. At its most basic it is a sweet relief from being the other in most of your other non-camp contexts. Not to imply that there is some sort of homogeneity of people or experiences at A-Camp, but your queerness doesn’t have to be the focus of anything unless you want it to be. You can be your weirdo self and find other weirdos like you. It’s that sense of camaraderie that brings me back. Combine this with all the activities, crafts, games, and panels it’s a wonderful blend of the social, the intellectual, and lighthearted frivolity!”
“There’s a place for everyone at A-Camp – whether you’re living somewhere secluded or already part of a vast queer community. You’ll experience incredibly thought-provoking panels, never-ending dance parties and lasting friendships.”
“You should come to camp because you want to, and you should want to come to camp because there’s no better place. Come especially if it sounds like it would be out of your comfort zone.”
“It’s been monumental, the self growth I’ve accomplished at and in between each camp. It’s a great measurement of time when I think back. Unplugging and leaving all your daily normals and routines behind for a few days really allows you to dip into your deeper self; it’s powerful shit. I also think there’s wild potential for camp as this hub of activists, professionals of all trades, and generally brilliant minds. It’s a super network of power-Queers and we can make just about anything happen. I can’t tell anyone what camp will be for them because it’ll be your experience not mine. Come and get your camp.”
“There is no other place like A-Camp — it’s an incredible community and the safest, most positive, most supportive space I’ve been in.”
“I keep coming back to camp because I wish I didn’t ever have to leave. Camp keeps getting better and I don’t want to miss any of it. And I think I get better too, and grow a little at each camp.”
“The whole experience is like a giant hug. It’s safe, loving, friendly, and needed. Every time I go I come back feeling more like myself. It is a tangible representation of the truth in the aphorism that you are not alone.”
“My life since attending my first A-Camp has gotten so much better and I know that a large part of it is thanks to the friendships I made at A-Camp as well as the pathway to self-discovery that the different panels that A-Camp helped to create in my life.”
Wanna meet these amazing humans and so many more? Of course you do.
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