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Transgender and gender diverse youth ages 12-17 are invited to apply for Camp Lilac

Over 18? See our Staff Application


Session 1

July 23rd to July 29th

Session 2

July 30th to August 5th
Picnic Benches

Where is camp?

Both camp sessions will take place at our West Central Ohio location,  about an hour outside of Columbus. The exact location is shared following acceptance to camp.


Our site's 278 acres include incredible biodiversity, two ponds, miles of trails, and much more to explore.

Application Steps

Fill out an application

A camper and their caregiver will need to complete sections.

Schedule an interview

Meet a staff member to discuss your needs at camp, and to ask any questions.

Complete all paperwork

This includes health forms, liability waiver, and a photo release.

Pay tuition

We never want finances to be a barrier to camp. Financial aid is available.

Asked Questions

How much does camp cost?

Tuition is $850 a week for the 2023 season. If this is a barrier for you and your camper we have scholarships and financial aid available. Please contact to discuss the options for you, as we believe financial hardship should never prevent a camper from attending.

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

Campers stay in open air cabins, which have a foundation, roof, and bunk beds, with canvas walls that are rolled up in good weather for an open air experience. Cabin assignments are based on age. Each cabin will have 8-10 campers and 2-3 staff members.

What does an average day at camp look like?

The average day at camp consists of activity blocks, free time, and a camp-wide activity. 

We have activities for everyone, from hiking, swimming, and canoeing, to playing D&D, board games, and learning ukulele, to embroidery, painting, and clay sculpting. Free time lets you explore the campgrounds, take a nap, or hang out around camp such as in our library or at our arts and crafts space, and our camp-wide activities bring everyone together for movie night, open mic night, and more!

Who will be at camp?

About 80 campers ages 12-17 attend each week of Camp Lilac. Counselors and staff, ages 18 and up, including cabin counselors, nurses, mental health support, and activity leaders also attend

Can campers bring their phones?

Camp is a place to disconnect from technology, and focus on building relationships with each other and nature. Campers may bring phones, but will be asked to turn them in at the start of camp. There will be one opportunity for campers to use their phones partway through the camp session, in order to check in with family and friends. 

Can parents or caregivers volunteer for Camp Lilac?

In order to allow campers the freedom to socialize, grow, and express themselves in an environment without caregiver supervision, we do not allow caregivers to volunteer the same session as their child. Caregivers are welcome to volunteer during the session their child is not attending. Please contact us at if you are a caregiver interested in volunteering.

What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?

All campers and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (meaning two doses + boosters as recommended by current vaccination guidelines) or have a valid medical exemption. Campers and Staff will be asked to complete COVID-19 rapid testing in the days leading up to arrival.

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