You Should Go: Get Amped For A-Camp, NYC Edition

A-Camp is actually only three weeks away, and it’s impossible to even pretend that we can contain our excitement. Honestly, if camp were a girl we were flirting with and we were trying play it cool we’d totally be failing at this point, because there is nothing cool about our demeanor when it comes to the thought of being on Mt. Feelings in three short weeks. But we’ve gotta wait just a tiny bit longer because life is cruel and time machines are imaginary, sigh.


If you live in New York and are an A-Camper of the past, present, or future, you are in serious luck, because some crazy amazing cool first time A-Campers have volunteered to host a pre-camp meetup in New York City this very weekend! That’s right: If you were bummed that Robin’s pre-camp picnic took place on the West Coast, cry no more, because this meetup is an East Coast situation and it is gonna be rad.

This is what LA Picnic Day looked like, oh my gosh this could be you but in New York and at the Lesbian Herstory Archives instead of at a park.

This is what LA Picnic Day looked like, oh my gosh this could be you but in New York and at the Lesbian Herstory Archives instead of at a park.

I bet you have a ton of questions now: What are we gonna do? Who’s hosting? When is this happening? Can I go even if I’m not going to A-Camp? Well gather round, jellybeans, and let me tell you what’s up.

Hosts: Angela and Hailey, two rad humans attending October A-Camp
When: Saturday, September 21, 3pm
Where: Lesbian Herstory Archives, 484 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
What: A tour of the archives!
Who: All of you weirdos! Seriously! GO!

As we emphasized with Picnic Day in LA, this meetup is happening because of A-Camp, but it is not exclusive to those attending A-Camp in October. This event is for everyone: first time A-Campers who might be a bit shy or anxious and want to ease their nerves, veteran A-Campers who want to hang out with their buds, wannabe A-Campers who can’t make it in October and need to be cheered up about that tragic fact, and and and I’ve-Never-Heard-Of-A-Campers who are wondering what the heck this “camp” thing is all about.

Honestly, every single queer girl living in NYC should check out the Lesbian Herstory Archives because it is actually the most incredible place in the universe, so you have no reason not to go. The Archives are meant to be free and accessible to everyone, but they are a non-profit, donation based organization, so if you can bring a couple of dollars to donate, that would be lovely.

I want to go to here.

I want to go to here.

But wait, THERE’S MORE. After the tour, Angela and Hailey and the whole Auto Crew will head over to Red Horse Cafe to debrief, socialize, drink yummy coffee goodness, and discuss All Things A-Camp. If you can’t make it to the Archives tour you should totally still join in for this part of the afternoon. Red Horse Cafe is at 497 6th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215. The Archives tour will probably last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, so if you’re just going to meet the group at the cafe plan to show up at around 4pm.

Thank you so much, Angela and Hailey, for organizing this event!

We’ve still got a few spots open for the October session of A-Camp (Oct. 9-13) so if you’d like to learn more about camp, be sure to check out our website. You can register to go here.

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  1. I had a dream last night that I was at A-Camp and I was surprised at all the feelings I was already having. DREAM FEELINGS

  2. How will I know who the A-Campers are? Will it be obvious, or is there a check-in desk or something where we tell them we’re there for the camp tour?

    • The archives are small, just house-sized… And they are all ours for the tour. So don’t worry! You’ll find us!

      • aw, i was just coming here to say that but you beat me to it! guys, how amazing is angela to have planned this event? three more cheers for angela and hailey! i’m bummed i no longer live in nyc / can’t attend, but i’m psyched to meet you guys at a-camp! xo.

  3. Yay, NYC event! As a broke-ass wannabe-camper, I could really use some cheering up. I’ll definitely try to be there.

  4. I think I qualify as a wannabe-camper so I’m going to try to make it because this looks awesome! This is also the day after the Jenny Owen Youngs show at Union Hall so best weekend ever.

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