Camp Lilac is a summer camp in Ohio for transgender and gender diverse youth, intended to be a safe space for them to be themselves. Launched at the beginning of 2017, Camp Lilac had its first successful session in August of 2017, and a second, even more successful session in August of 2018. Thanks to fundraising, we were able to provide scholarships so that every kid who wanted to attend was able. In 2019, our session is in June, and we have had a record high number of applicants. As a non-profit, we rely on camper tuition to fund every aspect of camp. Because many of our campers are low-income, they rely on scholarships to be able to pay that tuition. We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone, so we strive to offer scholarships to all who need it.
Camp Lilac has used the same space since we opened two years ago, and in that time the cost to rent it has tripled. This year, rent is $18,000, and we need to crowdfund $8,000 of that.
Camp Lilac does its best to accommodate all dietary needs, serving vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other allergies and sensitivities. Campers can choose to learn kitchen skills and help prepare food for the camp community. In order to provide for our campers’ dietary needs, we need to crowdfund $1500 for food.
Summer camp involves lots of fun activities, like swimming, boating, ropes course, rock climbing, archery, arts and crafts, journaling and more! Many of those activities require supplies or have associated fees. As a camp for gender diverse youth, Camp Lilac also tries to accommodate specific gender affirming needs of our campers, such as providing gender affirming clothing and undergarments for those who cannot access them at home. In addition to these camp-related supplies, some of our campers arrive without certain necessities, such as bedding, towels, bathing suits, etc. and Camp Lilac works to provide for those needs as well. In order to provide these necessary supplies, we need to crowdfund $500.
If you want to learn more, you can send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find us online at camplilac.org!