Summer Camp New York City 2018

This is our first themed Leadership Camp. We have a great list of speakers and presenters lined up.  And a whole lot of urban inspired camp fun. There will be 15 campers from across the country. The perfect number for our very first big city summer camp. We will be dashing across town and from city to city, so be ready to get moving.

Please be sure to pack a small bag / backpack for our overnight trip to Washington DC. Larger bags can be securely stored at the NYC Hostel.

Our team consists of Puck (Male, He/Him), Sara (Queer CIS Female, She/Her), Jesse (Non Binary Trans Male, They/Them) and McKenna (Female, She/Her). Puck is the founding director of camp, Sara returns for her 3rd camp with us; Jesse joins us for their first time with us; and the second camp for McKenna. We are all ready and thrilled to be your team this year. 

This is a real opportunity to opt in and engage in a happy, safe and supportive environment. We look forward to lots of camper contributions and involvement.

We are honoring the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson, a key figure in the vanguard of the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Be sure to read up on Marsha and why their leadership has been pivotal to our community.

Contact Number

Puck Markham, Founding Director 310.294.4606

At the bottom of this page we have also listed the number for each counselor. Please use these numbers only in case of an emergency and you cannot get through to Puck's number. 

Check In  / Check Out

Check in on Sunday 07/29 is 3PM. Find us in the main lobby of the hostel. Check out on Saturday 08/04 is 11A. 

Hostel Details

New York City:  Hosteling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Washington DC: Hosteling International, 1009 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Itinerary - Subject to Change

Sun 07/29 Arrival, Check In, Opening, Stonewall Visit, Big Gay Ice Cream Store

Mon 07/30 Arts & Crafts, Amnesty Intl. (Leadership, Campaign Building), Times Square

Tue 07/31 Arts & Crafts, Trevor Project (Power of Storytelling), Outdoor Movie Night

Wed 08/01 Travel to DC, DC Walking Tour

Thu 08/02 GLSEN (Youth Advocacy), Victory Fund,  Return to NYC

Fri 08/03 Camper Panels, Photo Shoot, Phluid Project, Game Night, Closing Party

Sat 08/04  Check out. Departure 


Breakfast is continental style with cereals and fruit. Lunch will consist of a paper bag lunch prepared by campers. It will consist of home-made sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and snacks. Dinner is prepared at hostel or at restaurants in town. Dinner is subject to change. There are always vegan, vegetarian and dairy free options.

Sun 07/29 Dinner Out / Pizza

Mon 07/30 Dinner Out / Barbeque (Burger, Grilled Chicken, Veggie Burger)

Tue 07/31 Dinner Out / Salad Bar

Wed 08/01 Dinner Out / Mexican

Thu 08/02 Dinner Out / TBC

Fri 08/03 Dinner In / Counselor Appreciation Dinner / Camper Pasta making

Packing List

  • Photo ID

Everyday wear

  • 3 pairs of shorts

  • 5 shirts

  • 1 light weight long sleeve shirt

  • 1 light weight jacket or sweat shirt

  • 2 pair of long pants, athletic style, jeans or casual

  • 7 pairs of socks/underwear + a few extra back-ups

  • 1 pair closed-toed shoes, sneakers

  • 1 sleeping outfit

Swim wear

  • 1 bathing suit/swim trunks

  • 1 beach towel 

  • 1 pair sports sandals that have a heal strap or water shoes

  • 1 pair of goggles


  • 1 small bag / backpack

  • 1 water bottle

  • 1 hat/cap for sun protection

  • 1 pair of sunglasses

  • 1 rain jacket and / or umbrella

  • 1 notepad and pen

  • Any favorite games for Game Night

  • Light weight blanket for picnic and outdoor movie night


  • Medication (all medication must be in original containers)

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Body/face soap

  • Toothpaste & toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Sunscreen & bug spray

  • Small hand mirror

  • If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a spare pair                                                                         

Phone Policy

Campers can use phones in the morning before our planned activities and in the evening after our planned activities. Campers will be asked to turn off their phones at all other times, but may keep their phones on them in case of any emergency or if they get separated from the group. 


  • Click here and follow" playlist

  • You HAVE to download the app on your phone/computer to add songs.

  • Types in any song in the search bar 

  • Next to song click the button with three dots [...]

  • Press "add to playlist" and choose "New York Summer 2018"

  • Then your song should be added

Special Guests

Our special guest is James Lecesne, co -founder of the Trevor Project. Be sure to read up on James and what his leadership has achieved for queer youth.

Spending Money

We recommend $50 - $100 for pocket money.


Camp Director: Puck Markham (310.294.4606).

Counselors: Sara Janakas (617.966.5235), Jesse Geguzis (347.217.3367), McKenna Palmer (909.499.1843)


In both cities we will be walking and using public transport. For travel between NYC and DC we will be using Megabus.