MAP
Camp

The first of its kind

In Vermont when the leaves are changing!

Thursday, September 19
at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Sunday,
September 22 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Campground will be disclosed to participants privately.
 

 

What is MAP Camp?

It’s a time for MAPs and MAP allies to get together in person in a beautiful, natural setting, at a campground whose owners and staff are fully MAP affirming and where MAPs can speak freely. Where we can be ourselves, find solidarity and support from each other, and enjoy each other’s company. Most of all, it’s a time for us to feel fully accepted as we are and for us to feel pride in who we are.

 

Who is it for?

This event is predominantly created as a safe space for MAPs, including BIPOC MAPs, LGBTQ+ MAPs, Butch-Femme MAPs, Older MAPs, and MAPs with disabilities, as well as MAP allies/advocates — you’re all welcome here! You must be aged 18+ chronologically (as in, your legal age must be 18+).

Be a MEDAL Champion!

Donate to MAP Camp, or encourage the people in your life to donate. MEDAL’s MAP Camp campaign is our way of facilitating new and stronger MAP coalitions whose members are real people instead of avatars.

It’s time for MEDAL to increase the size of our own coalition, and we need your generous support to prevent MAPs without access to financial resources from being unable to join us.

Use the form on our Contact Us page to request our Venmo, CashApp, or wire transfer info.

What to expect:

Housing

The campground will set aside a private lawn area near a pond for tenting. Campers will need to provide their own tent, plastic under-tent tarp (optional), blankets/sleeping bags, pillow, and any padding. Large tarps will be hung over the area to keep tents extra dry in case of rain.

Campers may sleep in their cars in parking areas. The campground prohibits idling vehicles. Tents, sleeping bags, and air mattresses can be purchased at a nearby Walmart very inexpensively.

The campground provides a gender-neutral bathhouse with electrical outlets, flushing toilets, sinks, and two showers with hot water.

Food

There will be snacks Thursday night and a hearty, high-protein, vegetarian menu with vegan options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Two to three people need to volunteer to prep each self-serve meal, and meals won’t begin until there are at least two volunteers for that meal’s cleanup. Yay team!

Activities

Hiking and fabulous alternative accessible activities like:

-Sip ‘n’ paint with $50 in MAP Merch Shop gift certificates going to Best In Show, Most Pervy, and Most MAP Pride.

-Dirty bingo, and a scavenger hunt with MAP Merch Shop gift certificate prizes between $5-$50.

-Discussions about MAP politics as well as a ritual campfire with smores, and a dance party every night.

Accessibility

The campground is currently undergoing renovations to make the campsite and bathhouse wheelchair accessible, and will be ready by MAP Camp.

Security

MEDAL is taking precautions to ensure mental and physical safety as well as personal anonymity. 

We’re following the strict vetting process that B4U-ACT uses for its annual conferences.

The campground will provide us with a private site and is staffed by several big, burly, MAP-affirming men.

Experienced volunteer caretakers will be available during certain times to hold space for interpersonal conflicts or mental health support.

A diverse group of M.A.P.s and teleios considering some maps in a wooded area.

 

What you need to know in advance.

The number of spaces is limited to 20 people but we plan to host MAP Camp again, so if you don’t get a chance to participate now you can try again next year.

There is a suggested donation of US$65.00, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you have access to financial resources please considering donating, even if you don’t plan on attending. You’ll be directly supporting MAPs who want to attend and don’t have access to financial resources.

BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQ+ MAPs, and MAPs without access to financial resources should think about letting us know if they need help covering travel expenses or camping gear. It’s a little awkward because whether or not we’ll be able to help depends on any unexpected donations we receive. We apologize in advance if we can’t get you here this year, and we appreciate you for letting us know what you need from the community to be able to participate in this event.

Upon arrival all attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver stating that they read our Risks, Rules, and Requirements page. This is a measure to ensure your awareness of potential risks and the safety of all participants. Please read carefully before deciding if MAP Camp is right for you at this time.

 

 

How to sign up?

  • Read our Risks, Rules, and Requirements page, which has all the information about what you are signing up for if you attend MAP Camp. You can come back here after that and take the next actions in this section.

  • Use the form on our Contact Us page to send us a message letting us know you want to attend MAP Camp this year, and include your name, the name of someone we know who can vouch for you, and an email address which the person vouching for you will recognize as your account.

  • Make sure you’re able to receive emails from [email protected].

  • We’ll let you know if there are any available slots left for this year, and then we’ll reach out to the person vouching for you.

  • As soon as the vetting process is complete we’ll send you the exact location, times, and transportation options; or we’ll let you know that all the slots for this year have already been filled, and give you the options to have us put you in the queue for any slots that become available and to be added to our mailing list for next year’s MAP Camp.