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KIN-DOM CAMP

KIN-DOM CAMP

Join us for kin-dom camp June 25th-30th, 2023!

Registration Open Now

Register Here

kin·dom camp is an opportunity for LBGTQIA+ youth ages 12-17 to experience a week of camp where they are safe and free to show up as their full selves.

Join us at kin-dom camp for a life-changing week on the shores of Lake Tahoe. At kin-dom camp, you will have the chance to experience all the joys that camp has to offer in a week filled with affirmation, celebration, and FUN!

This camp is affirming. Full stop. It affirms all genders, sexualities,  identities, religious backgrounds and varieties of belief. The only thing we expect is a commitment to welcoming and celebrating everyone where they are, as they are. 

At kin-dom camp, you will:

  • Cultivate friendships (both old and new) and make memories that will last a lifetime
  • Care for and learn from Creation through a variety of opt-in activities, including hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, games, crafts, and more
  • Experience specialized programming to incorporate activities and conversations around mental health, yoga and embodiment, and LGBTQIA+ history and culture
  • Engage in intergenerational community with LGBTQIA+ elders
  • Laugh until you cry at our awesome lineup of evening activities
  • Grow in your understanding that you are loved, that you are enough, and that you belong!

Zephyr Point is ecstatic to partner with kin-dom community to facilitate this incredible experience for LGBTQ+ youth of the Western Region. Below is a video from the first kin-dom camp that took place in East Texas in Summer 2022. Check this out to get an idea of what kin-dom camp is all about!


The Details:

Dates: June 25th-June 30th, 2023

kin-dom camp is a 5-night residential camp experience (Sunday-Friday). Campers will stay in dorm-style housing and all meals are provided. All outdoor activities will be accessible to beginners and enjoyable for all levels of experience.

Individual registration opens February 1st, 2023 at 9am. We have limited space, so get ready to sign up as soon as registration opens!

Med Form and Waiver:

All campers will be required to complete an online medical form and waiver prior to the beginning of camp. If your camper has any special needs or accommodation requests, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Office to discuss how we can make camp as safe as possible for your unique situation.


Price: $525 per camper

We have some really amazing donors who want to make sure camp is financially accessible for all. If you have any financial hardships that would prevent you from being able to attend, PLEASE reach out to us about our scholarship funds. If you want to be here, we want you here.

2023 Theme: 

To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and special requests during the registration process.

  • Includes Sunday dinner through Friday breakfast
  • $50 per person Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration
  • Scholarship funds are available for any campers with financial need.
  • Balance due 14 days before event start date

If you are looking for more information about kin-dom camp in Texas, visit this website: https://kindomcommunity.org/camp-in-2023

FAQ

Q: What does “kin•dom” mean?

A: The word “kin•dom” offers a new way of imagining the full inclusion and belonging of all people. It is a word that offers an alternative to “kingdom” and allows a more expansive view of how we are all connected. It moves beyond dynamics of power and oppression, and invites us all to see the ways we are interconnected and made better together. The word was originally brought forth by theologian Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, who used the word to speak about the liberation that God hoped for all people. This camp is a direct part of kin-dom community, and there is no greater vision we can imagine for LBGTQIA+ youth than for them to know that they belong, that they are loved, and that they are free and safe to be their whole selves.

Q: My camper is excited about the LBGTQIA+ aspect of camp, but we have questions about the faith aspect…

A: kin•dom is a queer-led spiritual community. That being said, we recognize the pain and hurt that the church has caused many members of the LGBTQIA+ community. kin•dom works to dismantle prejudices within the church and begin to heal the harm done. While we are a spiritual community, camp is a space where faith-related activities are opt-in only. There is no expectation of faith, and we don’t want faith (or unbelief) to be a barrier. The only thing we expect is a commitment to welcoming and celebrating everyone where they are,  as they are. This camp is affirming. Full stop. It affirms all genders, sexualities, identities, religious backgrounds and varieties of belief.

Q: How will kin•dom camp be different from any other summer camp?

A: Now more than ever, there are LGBTQIA+ youth who are in need of unconditional love and acceptance. kin•dom camp will be a week for LGBTQIA+ youth to experience belonging and affirmation. kin•dom camp will include plenty of “traditional” camp activities and recreation, plus some specialized programming to incorporate activities and conversations around mental health, yoga and embodiment, and LGBTQIA+ history and culture.

 


PCUSA RAINBOW – Geneva Presbyterian ChurchAt Zephyr Point Youth Camps, we aspire to create a sacred space where all campers can learn, grow, and thrive in a safe and inclusive environment. We welcome and celebrate the diverse identities and experiences of young people and strive to facilitate an equitable camp experience for youth of all gender identities or expressions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious or non-religious backgrounds, abilities or disabilities, and family compositions.


kin•dom community is a queer-led spiritual community. Inspired by the concept first named by theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, “kin•dom” is the full inclusion and relationship of all of God’s people. kin·dom community’s mission is to be an intentional, brave space for all people to explore and cultivate spirituality. The vision of kin·dom is to be an example of what is possible when all people are seen, heard, and nurtured; when all people bring their whole selves; when all questions are celebrated as much as answers; and when inclusion, integration, and love are the norm. Follow this link to learn more about kin·dom community: kindomcommunity.org