The mission of Camp Lightbulb is to provide a welcoming, supportive, fun summer camp experience in the glorious surroundings and welcoming embrace of Provincetown, MA, fully incorporating its unique place in American history, as an artists' colony, a vibrant LGBT haven, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The camp offers 5 elements which take place at local venues and outdoors.
- Summer Camp Fun: bonfires, games, art & crafts, cookouts, movie night
- Art Lab: outdoor sketching, journal writing, sand sculpting, drag workshop
- Ptown Campus: dune tour, whale watching, gallery visits, beach cleaning
- Wellness: biking, kayaking, yoga, beach volleyball, tennis
- Self Discovery: self esteem, gender identity, LGBT history, guest speakers
Camp Lightbulb provides a venue for personal discovery and empowerment, as well as finding camaraderie and support among peers and the wider LGBT community.
Growing up can be tough for any young person. The sobering truth is that LGBT young people are much more likely than their straight counterparts to be bullied, depressed, attempt suicide or homeless. That statistic is unacceptable. Camp Lightbulb will give young people a chance to be seen and heard. We will create a summer camp experience filled with friends, pride, support and memories that will last a life-time.
"I just wanted to thank you for allowing (..) to have such an amazing experience at Camp Lightbulb. His Academic Coordinator met with him and she had never seen him so happy and full of life. The work that you are doing is SO IMPORTANT, as I'm sure you know. I know that a place like Camp Lightbulb would certainly have helped me as a teenager!
“.. has shared so much with all of us about camp and his excitement and enthusiasm about all he experienced is truly heartwarming. He has told us several times that last week was the best week of his life!! We cannot thank you and your team enough for what you accomplished. As a parent it is never easy to let your child go away from home for a period of time with strangers. Knowing that you all supported, embraced and loved .. while he was with you is the single most important factor for us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!”
Flanked by sweeping sea grass and magnificent dunes, Provincetown offers some of the country’s best beaches, a rich art scene and a mix of modern life and old-world charm. Provincetown is bordered by the Cape Cod National Seashore which includes 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape, lighthouses, historic structures, beaches, nature trails and bike paths.
The town was, and is, a magnet for writers, artists and social commentators, including Eugene 0'Neil, Tennessee Williams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jackson Pollack, Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, Norman Mailer, John Waters and Andrew Sullivan.