Jul 21, 2019
At QORDS camp we teach campers instrument instruction, song-writing, and how to work together in groups to form a band. We coach campers on performance and host workshops on queer heroes, social justice, consent, gender, as well as engage in fun activities such as dance, archery and plant identification hikes! The camp is a 5 day...
At QORDS camp we teach campers instrument instruction, song-writing, and how to work together in groups to form a band. We coach campers on performance and host workshops on queer heroes, social justice, consent, gender, as well as engage in fun activities such as dance, archery and plant identification hikes! The camp is a 5 day long, overnight experience. At the end of camp, we host a final showcase where all campers play their tunes in front of an audience!
The camp is separated into two weeks, the first week, July 21 - July 26, is for youth ages 12-14 and the second, July 28 - August 2, 2019, is for youth ages 15-17. In an effort to best support our youth we offer full and partial scholarships and work very hard to make sure that financial barriers do not stand in the way of youth who want to attend camp. If you have any questions about our application process, need fees waived, or would like to learn more about our scholarship program please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This application form is for youth and guardians to complete. It contains a scholarship application for those who need it and requires a non-refundable application fee. If you need the application fee waived please email email@example.com. Completing an application DOES NOT guarantee you a spot at camp. Applications are open from January 1 - March 31, 2019. All completed application will be reviewed by the QORDS core team and decisions will be emailed out in March.
Completing this online application is STEP 1 of the process. All applicants will pay a $20 application fee and will have the opportunity to fill out a needs-based scholarship request for their desired week. The directions for the second step will be emailed out in a confirmation email from Eventbrite after step 1 is completed.
STEP 2 must be completed by the camper and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2019 for the application to be considered COMPLETE. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Once all applications are received by March 31, 2019 for both weeks of camp, the QORDS core team will review applications and send out acceptance letters in March and April with next steps. Additional forms will need to be completed by parents/caregivers and a payment plan will be set up. The full price to attend one week of QORDS camp is $800.
"If I had never came to QORDS I would have never gotten the confidence to pursue the Uke. I would have never made such wonderful friends. I have made memories that I KNOW will last me a lifetime and longer." - Shay, Previous camper
"QORDS Camp was an amazing experience for my child. They never before even expressed interest in going to any type of camp, so I was surprised when they shared the QORDS information with me. I was nervous, but excited for my child to have this experience. The first thing they said to me at the end of the week was, “I would willingly give up my cell phone for longer if I could just stay at camp.” And that’s from a 14-year-old! QORDS does an amazing job and creates a wonderful, welcoming, safe space. My child made great friends and is counting down the days to camp this year." - Danielle, Parent of a camper
"Becoming a QORDS camp counselor was one of the best things I've ever done. By connecting with the younger members of my community I've found a home for myself. QORDS to me is about nourishing your inner voice so that you can sing your true self." - Rae, previous camp counselor
Q: How much is camp?
A: Full price tuition to attend QORDS camp is $800 and your registration deposit will go towards full tuition. A central part of the QORDS mission is to make camp as affordable as possible. QORDS raises funds year-round for camp scholarships. All applicants will pay a $20 application fee and will have the opportunity to fill out a needs-based scholarship request for their desired week. We also offer The Ma Rainey and James Baldwin Scholarships – two full scholarships for Black LGBTQ youth! To apply for a scholarship fill out the online registration form or print the scholarship application on or website: https://qords.org/registration/.
Q: I would like to print out and mail in my application for camp. How can I do that?
A: For step 1: You can print out a paper application for QORDS camp on our website: https://qords.org/registration/ and mail the completed application to QORDS at P.O. Box 1328 Durham, NC 27702. To complete step 2 and finalize your application, please call 919.864.2215 to confirm that we received your paper application and find out how to complete step 2.
Q: I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT QORDS CAMP. WHERE DO I APPLY?
A: Wonderful and thank you for being interested in volunteering for QORDS camp! This year QORDS camp will have two sessions. The first session will be for youth ages 12-14 in July. The second session will be for youth ages 15-17 at the end of July into August. We are looking for volunteers for both sessions. You can find out more information about volunteering by emailing Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Ramos-Smiley at Debr@QORDS.ORG.
Q: CAN PARENTS OF CAMPERS VOUNTEER AT QORDS CAMP?
A: Thank you for your interest in helping out at camp! QORDS is a parent-free zone. The campers are creating a unique environment and safe space with each other. We ask that parents respect the community that is being created. Plus, there are tons of great ways to get involved and support QORDS camp for the rest of the year. To help with outreach, fundraising, or other creative supportive ideas contact QORDS@QORDS.ORG.
Q: HOW ARE CAMPERS SORTED INTO HOUSING FOR CAMP?
A: Youth are sorted into housing by age not gender because many of our campers are non-binary or genderfluid. Each camper housing group can contain up to eight youth and two supervising staff.
Q: DO CAMPERS NEED TO HAVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE TO COME TO CAMP?
A: Nope! While those with musical experience are certainly encouraged but previous musical instruction is not required. Campers will be taught an instrument of their choice as well as take part in performance and song-writing workshops. Campers work together with other campers to form bands and write songs. Camp counselors and workshop instructors will be on-site to help campers cultivate their musical talents!
Q: CAN CAMPERS BRING THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?
A: If campers have an instrument they want to bring, that is great! Just be sure it is labeled with the camper’s name. Instruments will be available at camp, so all campers will have an opportunity to play an instrument whether or not they bring one from home.
Q: HOW MANY COUNSELORS ARE THERE?
A: Our ratio of staff to campers is high. We have up to 15 counselors onsite all week, with other guest facilitators attending at different points to lead workshops. Our ratio is usually 1:2 or 1:3 every day.
Q: WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CAMP STAFF?
A: QORDS was founded by a licensed clinical social worker who implemented many wonderful policies and procedures for camp staff. All counselors and facilitators must have background checks and most are personally known to the core organizers. Counselors are selected based on specific skills needed at camp as well as ensuring that different identities are represented. In addition, several staff members are trained in CPR/first aid and knowledgeable about emergency procedures. To find out more about our camp staff please email volunteer coordinator, Deb Ramos-Smiley at Debr@qords.org.
Q: WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES?
A: All electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc) need to be turned in to parents or guardians in front of QORDS staff at drop off at camp. We need to see this exchange so we can log it.
Q: HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH MY CHILD DURING CAMP?
A: Parents will be provided with phone numbers for camp staff who will be on site all week. Parents are welcome to contact staff to check in on campers or in case of an emergency.
Q: CAN I SEND A LETTER OR CARE PACKAGE TO MY CHILD?
A: Yes! You can mail letters or cards to the campsite to arrive during the week. One camper even got a letter from their dog! The address for camp will be provided once your youth is approved to join us for camp.
Q: ARE THERE OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES?
A: The only time campers will leave camp property is when and if they will need to be transported to the performance venue on the last day of camp. Not every week has this as an option so please read emails thoroughly to be notified where to pick you youth up on Friday at the end of camp.
Q: DO CAMPERS GO SWIMMING?
A: Although there are swimming facilities at the camp, we do not take our campers swimming. We are having too much fun making music!
Q: IS THE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE AT THE END OF CAMP FOR FAMILY ONLY?
A: The showcase performance is open to the public! To give campers a real performance experience QORDS will announce the showcase performance locally, and we hope that family invites friends to come and join in the experience!
Q: CAN THE CAMPERS KEEP IN TOUCH AFTER CAMP?
A: Campers are able to exchange contact info at camp and we also form a private facebook group each year for that year's campers and staff to stay in touch. Campers are not allowed to exchange personal contact info with camp staff.
Q: I WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT CAMP, BUT I CANNOT STAY THE ENTIRE WEEK AS A CAMP COUNSELOR, WHAT OTHER ROLES ARE THERE?
A: There are many ways to get involved with camp! We are looking for day workshop leaders, photographers, videographers, and those who might be able to help with set up or break down of both the camp and the showcase performance. To find out more information contact volunteer coordinator, Deb Ramos-Smiley at Debr@qords.org.
Sun, Jul 21, 9:30AM - Fri, Aug 2, 7PM