How old do I have to be to attend Pride Camp?

Campers must be at least 14 by the first day of Pride Camp (July 15, 2019), and may attend camp through the summer of their senior year (age 18). Unfortunately, no exceptions on age will be made for campers who do not meet the age requirements to attend Pride Camp.

What does the registration fee include?

  1. Instruction by Iowa Safe Schools and other influential community leaders
  2. Pride Camp t-shirts, back pack, and water bottle
  3. Engaging daily activities and programming each day
  4. Camp-wide activities
  5. Campus room and board in one of Grandview University’s dormitories
  6. All meals from Monday evening through Friday afternoon
  7. 10:1 camper to counselor ratio

Is Pride Camp at a summer camp facility?

Grand View’s 50-acre campus is in the heart of Des Moines. Campers will be housed in college dorms, and will eat 3 meals each day in the college dining hall.

Based on your responses to a few simple questions on your Registration Form, Pride Camp staff will do their best to place you in a room with other compatible campers. If your camper is interested in rooming with a particular person, they may make that request on the questionnaire.

Do I have to participate in all the activities offered at Pride Camp?

Of course! Pride Camp staff do their best to create engaging and interactive workshops and activities for campers. Participating in all camp activities will make your Pride Camp experience more memorable, and we strongly recommend that campers try their best at each event throughout the day. There will be opportunities for campers to choose an activity they are more interested in, and different learning tracks allow for campers to dive into subjects and areas that most interest them.

While staff will not force participation, campers are required to be at the activity location or with their teams during every all-camp activity.

How much extra money will I need?

None! Your registration fees cover all activities, meals, and lodging while at Pride Camp. There are vending machines located on campus and in dormitories, which campers are welcome to use if they do choose to bring money with them. Campers should not bring large amounts of money to camp with them, and staff are not responsible for any lost or stolen money during camp. 

I’m not very athletic, will I have a good time at Pride Camp? I don't want to feel left out.

Yes! Pride Camp offers a wide variety of activities for campers to choose from throughout their stay. Not every activity is physical, and there will be opportunities for campers to dive into their creative side during camp. In addition, many campers will find that Pride Camp is the perfect place to step outside their comfort zone and try something new!

The first activity we do at Pride Camp is designed to allow campers to meet new people, and most of what we do is geared towards helping campers get to know their peers and make friends quickly. Going to camp for the first time can be scary, but there are tons of opportunities for campers to dive into things that truly interest them, and where they will find peers that enjoy the same things. 

Still have questions? Contact us!

Is Pride Camp the right fit for me or my child?

About Pride Camp

We want every camper to have an incredible, unforgettable experience at Pride Camp. That's what summer camp is all about! We encourage you to think about the fast-paced, high-energy, and sometimes loud environment that is an integral part of Pride Camp's structure when making the decision to register. Many activities are not only hands-on, but group oriented to encourage campers to meet new people and find new friends. 

We recognize that group activities are not the best fit for every camper, and do our best to have a variety of options throughout the day. From competitive and athletic activities to personal reflection time, it is a priority that you or your child have a great experience at camp. 

We ask that campers who register for Pride Camp are open to trying new things. That's how amazing memories are often created! Pride Camp staff will support and affirm each camper throughout the week they are with us.

We can't wait to see you at Pride Camp 2019!