2018: TWO Sessions!

August 12 – 17 for youth 12 – 14   |   August 19 – 24 for youth 15 – 17

A camp where LGBTQ youth create music, discover themselves, and have fun.

The Camp Experience

QORDS is a week-long overnight summer camp for queer youth or youth of queer parents, with special focus on youth in the South. We are excited to announce that for the first time QORDS will be offering two sessions this Summer 2018! Session 1 for youth ages 12 – 14 will run August 12 – 17, 2018. Session 2 for youth ages 15 – 17 will run August 19 – 24, 2018.

Over the course of the week, campers form bands and write songs to perform. Each day campers attend band practice, which includes instrument instruction, song-writing workshops, and general practice with band members. Additionally, they attend workshops on issues related to gender identity, consent and sexual health, organizing for change, and sexual orientation as well as engage in other camp activities like arts and crafts, creative writing, dancing, drag, hiking and canoeing. At the end of the week, campers put on a showcase of their original music and poetry for family, friends, and community members at a local venue.

Sample Schedule

8am Breakfast
9am Opening Circle
10am Organizing for Social Change Workshop
11am Quiet Band Meetings
12pm Lunch
1pm Instrument Instruction Workshop
2pm Drag Performance Workshop
4pm Band Practice
6pm Dinner
7pm Drag Show
8pm Climbing Wall
9pm Quiet Time
10pm Lights Out

Past Perfomances