About Pride Camp



Campers will choose different activities each day designed to engage their minds and creativity. These interactive activities challenge students to use their skills and talents to problem solve create change, and have fun! 



Staff and counselors are not just leaders for campers, but serve as role models and mentors for LGBTQ and allied youth. Campers will build positive relationships with staff and counselors who want to empower the next generation of leaders.



Campers will meet other LGBTQ and allied youth who are passionate about creating change in their communities through activism and building relationships! 

A typical day at Pride Camp


6:30AM Wake Up   

7:00-7:45AM Breakfast   

7:45-8:00AM Morning Check in with Becky   

8:00-8:45AM Morning warm up with counselors   

8:45-9:00AM Move to Speed Lyceum   

9:30-11:00AM Iowa College Aid  

11:00-11:40AM Lunch, Table Topics 

11:40-12:00PM Human Scrabble   

12:00-12:45PM DWOLLA 

12:45-1:00PM Move to Gym/Outdoor Space   

1:30-2:00PM Camp Games    

2:00-3:30PM Des Moines Art Center

3:30-4:15PM Confidence, Communication, & Civil Dialogue

4:15-4:30PM Break   

4:30-6:00PM Shark Tank- Design   & Build   

6:00-6:30PM Dinner, Table Topics   

6:30-6:45PM Change/Freshen up 

6:45-9:00PM Rainbow Forum   

9:00-9:15PM  Pictures with Presidential Candidates   

9:15-11:00PM Movie Screening - Love, Simon   

11:00-11:15PM Move to Dorms   

11:15PM Lights Out      

Activity Categories

  • Advocacy
  • Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership & Innovation
  • Policy
  • Social Media & Networking
  • STEM

**Schedule and activities are tentative and subject to change. More information on Pride Camp schedules and activities is coming. Check back soon for updates.**

When should I arrive to Pride Camp on the first day?

Please plan to arrive at Pride Camp NO EARLIER than 10:30AM on July 15th