Queer Campout 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 consensual, inclusive, anti-racist, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, and body-positive. This is a co-creative space where it’s cool to take care of each other, be kind, be friendly and have fun!

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 my self and the Queer Campout community. Be mindful of my words and actions and take responsibility for their impact.
  2. Respect Communal Areas and Quiet(er) Hours (10 pm to 6 am).
  3. Exercise personal responsibility & accountability with alcohol and other substances – know my limits, and take care of myself. (Please, no alcohol at the fire circle or main pavilion/center camp).
  4. To keep Queer Campout a consensually sex-, kink-, and body-positive space, sexual activity, kink activity and/or nudity 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 kids I bring are cared for by an adult at all times, and that if I bring kids I can be reached at the emergency contact information I supply below at all times.
  7. Support keeping the campground clean and comfortable. Do my share of cleaning and general care for our campground.
  8. Treat other campers, local community members and natural systems with respect.
  9. Participate in any way I can to make Queer Campout a space that is as safe, inclusive, restorative, and fun as possible.

We all have privileges, we all experience oppression, and we all have various intersections with those things. In this space, if you’re 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 our 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