Encampment is a program run by and for LGBTIQ+ young people and their allies in the Canberra region. The program runs a camp each year for people aged between 13 and 17 which is organised and facilitated by a leadership team of young LGBTIQ+ adult mentors.
Encampment began as an idea in 2014, with one-day camps being held in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Encampment officially became a program of the AIDS Action Councils and in 2018, Encampment held its first overnight camp which was a resounding success! Encampment 2018 was held at Peakgrove Solutions on the Yass River and included workshops on LGBTIQ history, coming out, self-care and equine therapy.
In 2019, Encampment will extend to a two night and two day camp at Westwood Lodge in Kambah (at Lions Youth Haven). The program is full of workshops, games, hikes, talks and campfires, similar to the 2018 camp. The Leadership Team will provide a safe, fun and non-judgemental learning environment for young people to express themselves and connect with other young people and organisations that can support their health and wellbeing.
Encampment is a program of the AIDS Action Council, the lead agency of the Canberra LGBTIQ Community Consortium. Together with its partner agencies including A Gender Agenda, the Council provide a range of services and supports to help LGBTIQ young people connect with themselves, their community and each other.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US ABOUT ENCAMPMENT
Phone: 02 6257 2855 during business hours, Monday - Friday
Or drop-by to meet our team at Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Avenue, Turner (office of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT)
Join the 2019 Camp
WHEN AND WHERE IS ENCAMPMENT IN 2019?
Encampment 2019 will be held from 17 May to 19 May. While the camp will be held at Westwood Lodge in Kambah, the camp kick off will start at A Gender Agenda (AGA) in North Lyneham at 5.30pm with a BBQ for participants and their parent/s or carer/s.
From there, the participants and their mentors will be transported by bus (organized by us) to Westwood Lodge where the real camp will begin! Parents will be welcome to stay at AGA House to connect and chat.
Westwood Lodge is situated on a farm set in the beautiful Murrumbidgee Valley on 200 hectares bounded by nature reserves and national parks. The lodge offers a genuine rural experience while being just a short drive from Civic.
The camp will end at 4pm on Sunday 19 May, with pick up direct from Westwood Lodge (Lion’s Youth Haven) on Kambah Pool Road in Kambah.
WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN I EXPECT AT CAMP?
Camp will feature a wide variety of fun and adventurous activities and experiences. There will be hikes and outdoor activities, workshops and chats on history and activism, craft and drama workshops, heaps of nutritious food, time to meet other people and chat, and a campfires (with marshmallows).
HOW TO APPLY
Expressions of interest are now open. Click here to download the EOI form, and return your form to the Encampment Team via the details provided before the deadline.
Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) will register your interest in Encampment 2019. This EOI is designed to be filled out by the attendee and their parent/carer. All applications must be submitted by Thursday 18 April (before Easter).
Once we receive your EOI, a team member will be in touch to give you an opportunity to ask questions, find out more about the young person who would like to attend, see if we meet your requirements and to complete registration.
We recommend you get your applications in as soon as possible as the number of places available for Encampment 2019 is limited. While all interested young people are encouraged to apply, preference will be given young people who have not previously participated in Encampment.
Support from Canberra’s community makes it possible for us to think big, plan creatively and provide lots of wonderful chances for young LGBTIQ Canberrans to come together.
Any donation amount helps us achieve big things - for example, $30 is enough to subsidise the cost of workshops for one participant.
All donations of over $2 to Encampment via the AIDS Action Council are tax deductible and go directly to supporting our services now and into the future.
Donations can be received:
• Via our donation platform here www.givenow.com.au/encampment
• over the telephone with credit or debit card on 6257 2855
• at the AIDS Action Council office at Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Ave Turner
• or by direct bank transfer (please call us and we can provide account details)
SHARE THE LOVE
Here’s a couple of ways you can help us to spread the love about Encampment:
• follow us on Facebook here
• share this webpage with anyone you think might be interested
• help support any young person or parents to fill out the forms
• if you make a donation to Encampment – brag about it on social media!