Queer Campout was founded by a group of friends and friends-of-friends and friends-of-friends-of-friends in 2017. The idea is just what it says: camping out, with a bunch of other queers! QCO is about co-creating a community that builds on our connections and caring. We work to celebrate and learn from each other in ways that nurture us and support community growth and sustainability.

We aim to create a space where it’s OK to be imperfect, make mistakes, and give each other a chance to reflect and fix our mistakes. When we miss the mark on our values, we will listen with humility, acknowledge our mistake, address its impact to the best of our ability, and work together as a community to be accountable to each other.

Queer Campout is built on:

  • anti-oppression values
  • centering of those within our community who are the most marginalized and impacted by intersectional oppressions
  • focusing on true inclusivity and accessibility

These are the basis of our why and our how.

I group of queers sitting in a group--some in chairs, others on blankets or the dirt--in a lightly wooded and very green space.