Camp Lightbulb creates life-changing and magical camp experiences for queer youth to connect and build community. Founded in 2011 with an inaugural camp attended by 9 campers, we have grown each year and now produce weekly camps online and sleepaway camps in Provincetown, Los Angeles, and NYC that will reach 500 campers this year.
We focus on fun—not intervention—and incorporate six main elements: art, community, fun, the outdoors, service and well-being. Our relatively small camps allow for personal attention and a high counselor-to-camper ratio so that everyone gets to know one another, which supports the creation of a lasting close-knit community.
We are needs blind with over 60 percent of our virtual campers receiving full or partial financial assistance, many of whom come from homeless shelters and foster care. Some of our partners are: The Point Foundation, Mi Centro/Latino Equality Alliance, GSAs, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Ali Forney Center, PFLAG, Victory Fund, and The Trevor Project.