When does camp start?
Camp starts at 3pm (EST) on Thursday April 30th and ends at 3pm (EST) on Sunday May 3rd. We will welcome all campers the first night at the dinner orientation and a night of ice breakers so even the shy guys get comfortable.
Is camp for trans men on T only?
Absolutely not! We encourage all self-identified men of trans experience to come celebrate our male identities in a safe, fun, and rugged outdoor setting. We recognize that being a man is not reliant on being on T or having had any surgeries. If you say you are a man, we respect you as a man. We make sure there is no hierarchal approach to maleness at camp as well. This camp is for all men of trans experience, at any stage of their journey.
All (trans) men who want to attend are welcome. No haters, all love. We ask that all who attend are respectful of others, the camp and the mission.
I identify as gender non-binary or gender Queer, is this camp for me?
No. This camp is for men of trans experience and people that identify as male. Identity is specific and subjective and we will absolutely not be policing or deciding who is male or man-enough. Though there are all types of men and all kinds of way of relating to your maleness, this is very different than identifying as non-binary or fluid. If you feel you do not identify as male or a man, this may not be the experience you are looking for and we would hate for you to be uncomfortable. There are other camps that exist and are open to a more non-binary experience of gender and we are happy to point you in that direction.
When will we get our schedules?
We will be supplying you with a welcome packet upon arrival. We can guarantee that we have painstakingly put together an impressive lineup of teachers, community leaders, influencers, providers and professionals to lead facilitated chats. Most activities will be open to all, but some fireside chats will be geared towards specific groups and some spaces will be for men of color only.
Is there Wi-Fi and cell phone service at camp?
We strongly encourage you to unplug while at Camp Lost Boys. Some carriers may have service and others may not, but the aim and ideal for all is to BE HERE NOW and remove ourselves from our technology dependencies and build relationships with our brothers in real life.
Is there drinking or drugging at camp?
Camp Lost Boys is a clean and sober event. Recreational drugs, marijuana, and alcohol are not allowed. Participants with prescription medication (including medicinal marijuana) should bring and use their medication discretely to treat their medical condition as instructed by their doctor. Sharing or recreational use of prescription medication of any type is not allowed.
Is smoking allowed at camp?
There will be a designated area for smoking.
Will there be men of color in attendance?
Camp Lost Boys is organized, in part, by men of color with a keen eye on making sure there is dedicated space and activities for men of color specifically. Our past camps have been successful in attracting up to 50% men of color attendees. That said, we aim to continue to grow this population by focusing our programming, speakers and outreach.
I transitioned so long ago, Will This Camp have Activities For me?
This camp was, in part, created by someone that transitioned nearly 20 years ago and has been a space for other men that transitioned long ago and may have fallen out of community and do not have a daily connection to their trans-ness in a major way. We always plan programming to address the experience and needs faced by those of us that transitioned long ago and chats that merge the generations.
Is this an academic, workshop or caucus based retreat?
No. This camp is more focused on accessing the fun of boyhood camps. There are so many trans-specific events that offer great lectures, talks, panels, etc. about trans identity, though this will not be one of them. It is our aim to create an environment where we can get into nature and just have fun! Though we do offer incredible chats led by men who are community leaders and activists.
I live a stealth lifestyle - most of my friends and coworkers don't know I am trans, will my picture be taken/posted somewhere?
Absolutely not! No one will be photographing you without consent and we will not be posting anyone's pictures without permission. This is a place we hope you will feel comfortable being without fear of people disclosing your private information elsewhere. Lots of guys that are stealth attend camp.
Why does camp cost that much?
Putting on a sleep-away camp is fairly expensive and labor intensive. As far as an experience like this one goes, this is pretty darn affordable for what you get. If we generate enough extra money, we will be opening up sliding scale and scholarship spots for campers who cannot afford the tuition. If you would like to donate to sponsor a camper, please do!
What is accessibility like at camp?
The camp is equipped with wheelchair ramps all over the grounds. If you have specific needs that will make your time at camp easier and more comfortable, please be sure to let us know ahead of time so we can meet all of your criteria.