Given that I know many camps have already opened up registration for Summer 2019, I decided to create an updated list! I am calling it “summer camps” to maximize search analytics but some of these camps meet in the fall, spring and winter. As camps update their information about registration over the next few months, I will continue to edit the list. I also encourage you to check out the 2018 list for a list that includes camps that have existed over the last 5 years, but which may not be running in 2019. On this 2019 one I will not include camps on hiatus or that closed before 2018, in order to make it more useful for folks searching for camps to attend now.
Hopefully you will be able to find something here that works for you and your family. The list includes traditional week-long summer camps, 3-4 Day Retreats, themed camps (music, art, sports, spiritual), and camps for college students, families, and adults. For each camp, I have provided a synopsis, cost info, and dates when available. Please let me know if there are any that I have missed!
I hope to soon add my own camp to this list. I am currently in the process of organizing an arts and theatre summer camp for LGBTQ youth on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Please be in touch if you would be interested in supporting this kind of project or want to be on the contact list for your family/child!
EDITED TO NOTE (May 2019): Unfortunately, a week-long camp will not be happening in summer 2019 as I had previously hoped–it has proved too much to organize while working at Amherst. However, I am still interested, and given the number of families who have emailed me, I know that there is a need and a demand! I am currently aiming for a week-long camp in summer 2020. I am also in the process of trying to rent a camp site for a weekend retreat at the end of September 2019. I will keep you posted! Again, please email me if you want to be added to the contact list.
NOTE: This is a long, long post, with many camps listed and many details! For a quick, easy to read chart see TSER’s list of camps. Some of the links are broken, but it is mostly up-to-date, and gives a lot of info at a glance. I have also created a Table of Contents for this post below if you want to jump to a specific category rather than scrolling all the way through. And finally, as of May 2019 I have created a map for a quick glance to see if there are camps near you. Note that some of the locations are aproxímate as many camps keep their exact sites private for safety reasons. LGBTQ Summer Camp MAP!