Camp Lightbulb launched in August 2012. We celebrate LGBTQ young people by providing the best summer ever in a magical, week-long, overnight summer camp experience for LGBTQ youth, aged 14 to 17, in Provincetown, MA, filled with fun, pride, community, friends, support, self-discovery and memories to last a lifetime.
Our campers come from across the US and identify along the full LGBTQ spectrum. Our staff reflects our LGBT community and allies. All staff are subject to references and background checks.
Camp Lightbulb is committed to providing the camp experience to all and roughly 40% of our campers receive full or partial scholarship. 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.
Camp Lightbulb is a labor of love for founding director Puck Markham, who developed the project for two years before its launch. Puck is Dutch-American and attended the University of Amsterdam and UCLA. Formerly with PaineWebber and Barclays Bank, Puck lived in Los Angeles and London, and before Camp Lightbulb, he founded Community Money, an UK based social enterprise, which provided financial education to low-income families.
"Growing up can be tough. Growing up LGBT is that much tougher. As a gay man I want to create a special place that is a stepping stone in life for the younger members of our community as they figure out who they truly are surrounded by peers, support and an embracing community."
Puck is supported by our board of directors who provide governance, guidance and oversight.
Camp Lightbulb complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local Board of Health. Camp Lightbulb is a member of the American Camp Association and the Massachusetts Camp Association.
This is our home on Cape Cod where everybody is made to feel at home. Our doors are open.