kin-dom camp 2022 is being held at Gilmont Camp and Conference Center, a site with Presbyterian roots and a rich 82-year history. Gilmont was chosen because their mission statement embodies everything kin-dom believes in and wants for their campers. Gilmont's mission is to be a safe, sacred space where all are invited to grow closer to God, creation, others, and themselves. As a camp, they have embodied this mission in tried and true ways that allow us to be completely confident that they are equipped and excited to welcome all campers! To learn more about Camp Gilmont, you can visit their website at www.gilmont.org
kin-dom camp is special because campers will be able to participate in "traditional" camp activities like archery, zip-lining, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts and campfires...but they will also have access to specialized programming. Specialized programming we hope to include: yoga and meditation, LBGTQ+ history, and some fun with Drag Queens!
We want to affirm our theme to every camper: come as you are. This means no matter your beliefs, identity, or background, kin-dom camp wants to uplift and affirm all campers. While there is a faith component that is based in Christianity, we will be discussing and using texts from many different religions and faith traditions- including poetry, sacred texts from a variety of faith backgrounds, and secular texts that can help inform the camp experience more deeply. We want to encourage campers to use this safe space to ask all their questions, express their concerns or doubts, and to know that they will be loved and accepted unconditionally. This is a place where we recognize the trauma and harm that "church" has caused to so many, so we want to hold space for all campers to be able to name that and know that they will belong.
Camp Gilmont is a Validated Gluten-Free Safe Spot through the Gluten-Free Food Service Program. This means Gilmont is a safe facility for those with celiac disease and other gluten intolerances. In addition, the Gilmont kitchen can accommodate any dietary needs as long as adequate notice is given.
The word kin-dom offers a new way of imagining the full inclusion and belonging of all people. It is a word that offers an alternative to "kingdom" and allows a more expansive view of how we are all connected. It moves beyond dynamics of power and oppression, and invites us all to see the ways we are interconnected and made better together. The word was originally brought forth by theologian Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, who used the word to speak about the liberation that God hoped for all people. This camp is a direct part of kin-dom community, and there is no greater vision we can imagine for LBGTQIA+ youth than for them to know that they belong, that they are loved, and that they are free and safe to be their whole selves.