WHEN DOES A-CAMP START? WHAT TIME DOES IT END?
It begins the evening of May 16th (registration opens at 4, dinner runs from 7-8, and opening ceremonies start at 9) and ends at 11am on May 21st.
WHEN WILL WE GET OUR SCHEDULES?
We'll send out our programming schedule a week or two before camp. Most of our programming is open to everyone, but there are some workshops that allow a limited amount of participants and some that require extra fees. You’ll find out more about this later!
I'M ON THE WAITLIST WILL I EVER GET IN?
We don't know! If you signed up on the waitlist within a week of registration opening, then you probably will. If you didn't, we're not sure.
IS THERE WI-FI AT A-CAMP?
There is limited cell reception and wi-fi at camp, but we STRONGLY encourage all campers to unplug… unless it’s to instagram yourself hashtag #autostraddlecamp.
I'M VEGAN / VEGETARIAN / HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES / GLUTEN-FREE, WILL THERE BE ANYTHING FOR ME TO EAT?
Yes! We work with kitchen staff to ensure that all food identities and needs are satisfied. This specific campsite is kosher (which means dairy and meat will never be served at the same meal) and also nut-free.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH ALCOHOL?
Drinking is permitted at camp (BYOB). If you drink irresponsibly, you may be required to leave camp.
We’re committed at A-Camp X to build up our sober community and programming for sober campers. We’ll hold daily Friends of Marty meetings (named after Marty Mann, lesbian shero who pioneered female inclusion in AA!) and have one cabin designated as an alcohol-free space with campers who are all sober or otherwise requiring sober housing, led by two sober counselors. There will also be designated substance-free activities throughout camp and a substance-free staff go-to person you can go to with any feelings or questions during camp.
IS CAMP NON-SMOKING?
There is one designated area for smokers. Smoking is prohibited elsewhere on the campsite.
WOULD IT BE WEIRD TO COME TO CAMP ALONE?
Absolutely not! Most of our campers come alone, knowing not a single soul, and we’ll hold a special meet-up for y’all as well.
AM I TOO OLD FOR CAMP?
Nope! Literally nobody is too old for A-Camp. Usually about half our campers are under 25 and half are older, with a majority of campers in the 22-29 age range, but there are tons of campers in their 30s and at least 15 or so each session over 40. Our senior staff is primarily composed of people in their 30s.
CAN MY CIS MALE FRIEND COME? HE'S A FEMINIST/GAY/QUEER/ETC AND SUCH AN AMAZING QUEER ALLY!
I'M A TRANS WOMAN, CAN I COME?
YES! It's extremely important to us to create a space that is comfortable for trans women and we do our best to make A-Camp that space. We have four trans women on staff and we provide trans-inclusive sensitivity training and/or education to all site staff, A-Camp staff, talent and campers. If you are a trans woman considering A-Camp and have questions you'd feel more comfortable discussing with a trans woman, please hit up our Trans Go-To, Abeni Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'M NON-BINARY, CAN I COME?
Initially, A-Camp was intended as a women's space, but as so many of our staff and campers began identifying as / coming out as non-binary, that intention shifted, which is just to say: YES! YES YOU CAN COME! Which brings us to....
I'M A TRANS MAN, CAN I COME?
Again, this was initially a "no." But now it is a "yes!", for many of the same reasons. We understand and recognize the political implications and historical complications of trans men often being more welcomed into women's spaces than trans women. A-Camp has always been and will always be a place where trans women are welcomed and affirmed as the women they are, but it’s a space where many trans men feel comfortable and welcomed as well. We don’t expect all trans men to feel comfortable in a space that evolved from a female-centric intent, but many do, and are very much members of the A-Camp family.
I’M BISEXUAL AND I HAVE A BOYFRIEND/HUSBAND, CAN I COME OR WILL IT BE WEIRD?
OF COURSE YOU CAN COME, what a great opportunity to meet other bisexuals who also have boyfriends/husbands!
CAN MY STRAIGHT BEST FRIEND COME? SHE'S SUCH AN AMAZING QUEER ALLY!
No. A-Camp is a queer-normative space — the only queer-normative space most of us will ever be in. Keeping it that way is part of what makes the A-Camp experience so magical. It’s difficult to explain this intention in writing without making this camp sound like it’s focused on romantic connections (It isn’t! That happens sometimes but IT’S ABOUT MAKING FRIENDS), but we at Autostraddle.com have been fielding your questions about crushes on probably-straight girls for eons and we wanted this to be one space where even if your crush doesn’t like you back or is otherwise unavailable, you wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they liked girls at all in the first place.
I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE/ANXIOUS/PANICKY AROUND [POSSIBLE THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN WITH 300 PEOPLE AT AN OVERNIGHT EVENT]. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT [THINGS] DON'T HAPPEN.
Hey, that's not a question! But if it was, the answer would be "we can't :(" Here's the thing: A-Campers are some of the most amazing, empathetic, respectful, caring and accommodating people you'll ever meet, but they're also grown-ups on vacation! Most of our campers come to have fun and kick back, not handle emotional crises. Nor is A-Camp a Queer Utopia for everybody who attends. A-Camp is filled with people from the real world. Everybody comes to camp from vastly different backgrounds and we all have different awarenesses of and comfort levels with different types of language, entertainment, humor and relationships. A-Camp is about respecting that diversity with mutual respect and assumptions of good faith. We cannot promise that the person you like will like you back. We cannot promise that nobody in your cabin will say something inappropriate or offensive. The A-Camp staffers are not goddesses, social engineers, religious leaders, wizards, or therapists. But they are really good people, and our senior staff team has been assembled avenger-style to make sure that we can help tackle any questions that might arise.