History. Camp Lightbulb was founded in 2011. We launched our first Summer Camp in Provincetown in 2012. We expanded to a Winter Camp in 2015 and continue to expand with more camps throughout the year. In 2018 we trialed our first Spring Camp and our first Leadership Camp. This year these have morphed into a Memorial Day Family Camp and our NYC Summer School.
Campers. Our campers come from across the US and identify along the full LGBTQ spectrum. Camp Lightbulb is committed to providing the camp experience to all and roughly 40% of our campers receive full or partial camperships.
Partners. We work with partners including the Ali Forney Center, a center for LGBT homeless youth in New York City; Waltham House / The Home for Little Wanderers, a residential program for LGBT youth in Waltham, MA; and Boston's GLASS, a program for LGBT youth.
Team. Camp Lightbulb is managed by Founding Director Puck Markham, who is supported by a stellar freelance team of project managers, seasonal counselors, volunteers and a Board of Directors.
Board. The board provides guidance, governance and support to the organization. The Board consists of Puck Markham, Linda Rohler and we currently have one Board Vacancy. Please contact us if you are interested.
Founding Director - Camp Lightbulb is a Labor of Love for Puck. He is Dutch-American and attended the University of Amsterdam and UCLA. Puck worked in Finance, with PaineWebber and Barclays Bank, in Los Angeles and London, where he founded Community Money, a social enterprise, which provided financial education to low-income families.
"Growing up can be tough. Growing up LGBTQ is that much tougher. I wanted to create a special place that is a stepping stone in life for the younger members of my community, as they figure out who they truly are, surrounded by peers, and role models and a supportive and embracing community."
Development - helps ensuring the organization has revenue to sustain and grow its operations. When in college and interviewing to be a counselor at a popular Texas summer camp, Rob had to take an oath swearing he was not gay. Being forced to lie and hide his sexuality in order to participate was traumatic yet has served as the passion behind his commitment to Camp Lightbulb. Rob previously worked in fashion manufacturing and sales and graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University.
Operations - helps ensure that Camp Lightbulb runs smoothly. Josh grew up in a small town in Ohio feeling alone and different. Now those experiences gives him the passion to help grow the organization to reach as many kids as possible. He has worked in a wide array of fields equipping him with the ability to have fun with the kids at camp and also make sure all the paperwork is in order.
Board Member - Camp supporter from the very start, retired teacher of thirty years, Provincetown resident with wife Jane, proud mom of 2 daughters and grandmother to 5 grandchildren.
Counselors. Our counselors reflect our community and our allies. They attend training before the start of Camp. All are subject to criminal and sexual background checks. Many of our counselors return year after year.
Regulations. For its summer camp Camp Lightbulb complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In California and New York, Camp Lightbulb complies with the relevant city and state regulations.