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Pride Camp

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 Pride Camp is an epic, life changing program for LGBTQ and allied youth in 9th-12th grade (ages 14-18) to learn, grow, and connect with each other!

Pride Camp University

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 Pride Camp University is the only LGBTQ and allied youth day camp in the Midwest for students in 6th-8th (ages 11-13) grade!

Pride Camp University Junior

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 Get a taste of Pride Camp in an interactive day camp setting with other students in 3rd-5th (ages 8-10) grade! 

Find a Pride Camp Experience near you

July 13-17, 2020

Pride Camp

Des Moines

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July 13-17, 2020

Pride Camp

We invite students in 9th-12th grade (ages 14-18) to join us for 4 nights and 5 days of "Not your typical gay camp" in Des Moines, IA. Stay in the dorms, learn from experts, and create unforgettable memories with other LGBTQ and Allied campers!

Des Moines

July 21-23, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

9am - 4pm

Roosevelt High School, DSM

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July 21-23, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

Iowa Safe Schools is excited to host Pride Camp University and Pride Camp University Jr. for the first time in Des Moines, IA. Split into different tracks for 3rd-5th grade (ages 8-10) and 6th-8th grade (ages 11-13), this interactive day camp experience will give campers a taste of what Pride Camp is like!

9am - 4pm

Roosevelt High School, DSM

July 28-30, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

9am - 4pm

Cedar Rapids

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July 28-30, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

Iowa Safe Schools is excited to host Pride Camp University and Pride Camp University Jr. for the first time in Cedar Rapids, IA. Split into different tracks for 3rd-5th grade (ages 8-10) and 6th-8th grade (ages 11-13), this interactive day camp experience will give campers a taste of what Pride Camp is like! 

9am - 4pm

Cedar Rapids

August 4-6, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

9am - 4pm

Sioux City

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August 4-6, 2020

Pride Camp University & Pride Camp University Jr.

Iowa Safe Schools is excited to host Pride Camp University and Pride Camp University Jr. for the first time in Sioux City, IA. Split into different tracks for 3rd-5th grade (ages 8-10) and 6th-8th grade (ages 11-13), this interactive day camp experience will give campers a taste of what Pride Camp is like! 

9am - 4pm

Sioux City

Sponsors

Pride Camp is a unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to engage with LGBTQ and allied youth across the state of Iowa. Partner with us, and help us make this summer unforgettable for campers as well as your staff.

About Pride Camp

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80% of LGBTQ youth report severe social isolation in high school…

It is easy to think that LGBTQ students have it good here in Iowa. We passed the Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Act of 2007, amended the Iowa Civil Rights Code to include gender identity and sexual orientation in 2007, and won marriage equality in 2009.


The work is over right…? Wrong.


Iowa Safe Schools works with thousands of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning students in all 99 counties of Iowa, and an overwhelming majority have expressed feelings of loneliness, discrimination, sadness, and lack of interaction with other student like them.

Pride Camp is looking to change that.

The mission of Iowa Safe Schools’ Pride Camp is to provide a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ & allied youth ages 14-18 to learn valuable life skills and network with other LGBTQ youth in a supportive and nurturing environment. Pride Camp is an epic, life changing program for LGBTQ and allied youth to learn, grow, and connect with each other.


Pride Camp is not your typical gay camp, and is the first of it’s kind in the Midwest to offer a safe space for students in an overnight, summer camp format.

The Impact of Pride Camp

Studies show that being able to speak with a supportive and caring adult can have a significant positive impact for a student, particularly those who feel alone (GLSEN, 2015). Pride Camp is so much more than something for a student to do over summer vacation. We are helping build the resiliency of youth who identify with a marginalized population, and are building tomorrow’s leaders today.


Many LGBTQ students in Iowa live in rural communities where they are the only “out” student, and don’t get to interact with other LGBTQ or allied youth. Pride Camp is a safe space for all students to connect with peers, learn important life skills, and create amazing memories.

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