Camp Wavus, Jefferson, ME

April 30 - May 2, 2021

Grades 8 - 12

$30 registration fee, scholarships available.

Looking for a reason to dust off your instrument, get dressed up, and play some games all while connecting with your peers?!

Rainbow Ball is a weekend-long experience for LGBTQ+ youth to safely express themselves in a variety of forms, while gaining team building skills. And yes, there is a talent show if you're ready for the stage and an LGBTQ+ safe prom!

FMI please email info@outmaine.org or call 800-530-6997.

WhO?

High School aged youth, grades 8 - 12 and their adult chaperones.

Register a School Group

Schools will arrange transportation for students to and from the event and will also provide chaperones who will stay the weekend with the students. We recommend 1 chaperone for every 12 students. Chaperones do not pay a fee to attend because they are volunteering, but donations towards expenses or your students' registration fees are welcomed!

Registration has not opened yet for school groups.

Register an Individual (no school group)

Individuals must arrange transportation to and from the event. They will be assigned an on-site chaperone. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged.

Registration has not opened yet for individuals.



What?

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents / Teachers:

Can a parent chaperone their child? No. We have limited beds available. Allowing parents to also attend would reduce how many students could attend.

Can you accommodate special-needs students? Please call or email us to discuss the youth's needs. Due to limited housing, we cannot accommodate a youth who requires a private cabin. Info@outmaine.org or 800-530-6997.

Youth Participants:

Can I stay in the same cabin as my best friend? Please indicate on your registration form your friend request. Both friends must request. We will do the best we can to accommodate, but can't promise.

Are cabins assigned by gender: All cabins are gender-neutral during Rainbow Ball Weekend.

Can I drive myself to the event? Parking is limited so you must either travel with your school group or have a parent or friend drop you off and pick you up.

I'm 18, does that mean I can leave the campus during the weekend? No. We have a full schedule for the weekend which would not allow enough time to leave campus. If you are not interested in participating in the workshops you should not attend the weekend.

Will I have a quiet place to go if things get to be too much? Yes! We have quiet spaces available during the weekend as well as helpful adults you can speak to if you are feeling stressed.

Do you have social workers on site? Yes.



Where?

Camp Wavus in Jefferson, ME

Rainbow Weekend will be held at Camp Wavus, part of Kieve-Wavus Education, on beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. Participants will enjoy the benefits of comfortable heated cabins with plumbing, various classroom spaces for workshops and activities, an extensive ropes course, ball fields, a heated dining hall, a heated main lodge, indoor and outdoor climbing walls. For those of you who might be curious, click here to take a tour of Camp Wavus.



When?

April 30th - May 2nd, 2021

Weekend Schedule

Friday

Afternoon and Evening - Arrive with whatever talent (music, poetry, dance, ventriloquy, fire breathing, you name it!) you registered to perform OR your best audience attitude to cheer on your peers at the Talent Show created BY and FOR attending students.

Saturday

Morning and Afternoon - You'll be moving between small group team building activities and various workshops (1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices will be available on the registration form). Past workshops have included anything from Queer Sex Ed to Creative Writing.

Evening - The excuse you have been waiting for to attend an LGBTQ+ friendly prom, with formal wear donated by friends and allies, free of charge! If you aren’t in the mood to dance the night away, leave at any time in preference of our quiet hangout room, providing quiet games and coloring to students. There is also a large DnD game which you can sign up for in advance.

Sunday

Morning - Fill up with a good breakfast before checking out and heading home from the weekend!



Why?

To give LGBTQ+ youth a weekend where they can be themselves, have fun, and learn!

Sponsors of Rainbow Ball Weekend

In Honor of Betsy Parsons