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.
We need campers to step up as Leads and Coordinators for all teams and crews.
Some teams and crews require more preparation before camp starts:
- Disability and Access Resource Team (DART)
- Care Bear Team
- Camp Greeter Team
- Medic Crew
- Camp Setup & Teardown Crew
If you would like to help with 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.
How We Organize Our Volunteers
The queer campout can be a big event. To make everything easier, we organized all the roles into a few different categories:
- 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. For larger or more complex functions, Team Leaders may also work with one or more Crew Coordinators.
- Crew Coordinator Crew Coordinators work out the division of effort with their Team Leader and help delegate tasks to Helpers. Acting as a contact point to keep larger Team Leaders from being overwhelmed.
- Helpers focus on one task or series of small, related tasks. For example, the Trash Pandas manage trash and recycling; Greeters welcome campers and get them checked in and registered for volunteer shifts.