Values & Participation Guidelines

We put together a values agreement to create a container and expectations for the event.

Queer Campout is a place where you can get away from the bar scene and enjoy nature without fear of being queer-bashed, because we’ve rented a campground for the weekend! It’s a space that aims to be inclusive and consensual.  The space is meant to be anti-oppressive, meaning we actively work against racism, ableism, transphobia, fatphobia and more.  We work to celebrate and learn from and about each other in ways that take care and grow community.

Queer Campout is about co-creating a community that builds on our connections and caring. We aim to create a space where it’s OK to be imperfect and make mistakes, and where we also give each other the chance to reflect and fix our mistakes.

To support each other in this process, we ask that all participants agree to the values and guidelines of the group:

  1. Take responsibility for the well-being of myself and the Queer Campout community. Be mindful of my words and actions and take responsibility for their impact. QCO is a DIY event where I will take care of my own needs including food, shelter, wellness, etc. If meeting those needs is beyond my capacity for the time I am there I will bring a care aid to meet my needs or understand that QCO may not be the space for me at this time.
  2. Respect communal areas and quiet(er) hours.
  3. Exercise personal responsibility & accountability with alcohol and other substances – know my limits, and take care of myself. (See FAQ for more details.)
  4. To keep Queer Campout a consensually sex-, kink-, and body-positive space, sexual activity, and kink activity may only take place in spaces where everyone’s prior agreement has been explicitly stated.
  5. Never leave a fire burning unattended, and smoke/vape away from communal areas.
  6. Make sure any children I bring are cared for by a consenting adult at all times, and that if I bring children I can be reached at the phone number I supplied at all times. If I bring children and leave them with someone else, the children know who that person is in case there are concerns.
  7. Leave pets at home (trained service animals are allowed).
  8. Support keeping the campground clean and comfortable. Do my share of cleaning and general care for our campground.
  9. Treat other campers, Forest Service employees, local community members, wildlife, and natural systems with respect.
  10. Participate in any way I can to make Queer Campout a space that is as safe, inclusive, restorative, and fun as possible.

We all experience many and varied intersections of privileges and oppression. If you are acting and/or speaking in a way that is hurtful to someone…that behavior is not welcome and you may be asked to have a mediated conversation with QCO volunteers. If a resolution cannot be reached you may be asked to leave the site and may not be invited back to future Queer Campout events.

Let’s come together as the wildly and beautifully weird, wonderful community that we are, and co-create something supportive, empowering, consensual, and above all — fun!

Group activity at Queer Campout 2018