Queer Campout is truly a labor of love…and sweat! This is an event for and by queer community, so participating in Queer Campout also means pitching in. Money donations help us pay for supplies and campground reservations, but we need support in the form of labor to hold the event at all—and to ensure that the folks who help organize it are also able to enjoy the campout’s activities without being in “work mode” all the time.
All campers should plan to fulfill at least one volunteer role/shift.
For Queer Campout to be successful, we need some volunteer work to start before camp takes place. These roles require varying levels of commitment. From Helpers to Team Leaders, we need campers to join the following teams and prepare together before camp starts: Camp Greeters, Care Bears, Disability and Access Resource Team (DART), Camp Setup & Teardown Crew, & the Medic Team.
If you would like to help on these teams for an upcoming campout, contact us or let us know when you register for camp.
If volunteering before camp takes place isn’t realistic for you, you’ll be able to select one or more volunteer shifts once you get to camp.
At check-in, campers can sign up for shifts on crews that don’t require commitment before camp such as Camp Upkeep Crew, Campfire Crew and Answer Keepers. Folks are also encouraged to help out with empty shifts throughout camp if they can.
- Organizers make the campout event happen. They collaboratively plan and organize an exciting and safe event.
- Team Leaders motivate, guide, and instruct a group of volunteers. Team Leaders are responsible for getting a job done by enabling others to do the work. Depending on the team’s functions and/or size, a Team Leader may also work with one or more Crew Coordinators.
- Crew Coordinator delegate, oversee, and guide tasks. Crew Coordinators work out the division of effort with their Team Leader and help delegate tasks to Helpers.
- Helpers focus on one task or series of small, related tasks. For example, the Trash Pandas manage trash and recycling. Sweepers perform a final clean sweep at the end of the campout, collecting trash and items left behind.
Team and Crew Descriptions
The Heart & Soul Teams are in charge of creating an atmosphere that feels welcoming, inclusive, and fun. They make sure folks feel welcome from the moment they arrive, engaged, and supported throughout the weekend.
Heart & Soul includes:
- Camp Greeters,
- Activities & Engagement (the Activities Coordinator, Special Areas Crew, Hike Crew, & Camp Photographer),
- Care Bears, and
- Answer Keepers
The Logistics Teams manage the physical aspects of the campout, such as campers’ safety, equipment management, trash and recycling, community campfire, and accessibility.
- the Campground Liaison,
- the Disability & Access Resource Team (DART),
- Health & Safety (Medical Crew & Hike Safety Crew), and
- Onsite Resources (Equipment & Supplies Crew, Camp Setup & Teardown Crew, Camp Upkeep Crew, and Campfire Crew)
The Organizing Team makes the campout event happen. They collaboratively plan and organize an exciting and safe campout event.