When is it? September 13-16th, 2019
Where is it held? Camp Birch Hill in New Durham, NH
How much does it cost? The cost is $225-$250 per person . $225 for tenting, and $250 for a bed in a shared cabin. This includes all events, activities and discussion groups, as well as all of your meals for the weekend.
When is the registration deadline? August 2nd, 2019
Is there a Facebook group? Yes we have a secret Facebook group where past and future attendees can discuss camp. To be added to the secret Facebook group, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about kids? We debated long and hard about whether to make this event adults-only or family-friendly. Ultimately, after polling the people who expressed interest in attending, we decided there was not enough interest in having kids here to justify the programming we would need to create to make this a fun experience for them and their families. Plus, there really needs to be a critical-mass of kids for it to be fun. We are open to making this a family-friendly event in the future if there is enough interest to make that transition.
What about pets? PolyCamp is a human-only event. Please leave nonhuman animals at home. If you must bring a service animal, please contact the organizers to arrange this.
Where can I find the schedule of events? This is a participant-driven event so the schedule will be built from the skills and ideas that are offered by the attendees each year. For this reason, a firm schedule will be created after registration closes and emailed to registered participants. All activities are optional. If you just want to eat and swim and lay in the sun, you can do that!
What are the arrival and departure times? Check in starts at 3pm on Friday and departure is by 2pm on Monday. We encourage people to stay through lunch on Monday as we do a closing exercise after lunch. Of course if your personal schedule makes it so that you need to arrive late or depart early we understand. Ultimately when you arrive and depart is up to you, but there is no discount for a partial weekend.
What is the bathroom/shower situation? Each cabin has a full bathroom, with shower, sink and toilet. The bathroom is shared with cabin mates and tenters are assigned a cabin for bathroom use. Tenters are encouraged to use the outside showers, weather permitting, but we do assign them to a cabin to be sure they have access to facilities. There are also bathrooms in the common buildings for use by anyone at anytime.
Do I have to lead an activity or event? Everyone is encouraged to share their interests and talents, but no one is required to lead an activity or event.
What kind of activity can I offer? Activities at camp are a blend of classes and workshops related to relationships, polyamory, and sexuality as well as traditional camp activities and community-building events – all created and driven by the unique blend of campers attending each year. Please take a look at our Activities and Events page to get a sense of the range we aim for and a listing of past activities from previous years. Some events, such as the Talent Show, happen every year.
What can I expect if I volunteer to teach or facilitate an activity, event, or class? So that everyone gets an opportunity to share their time and talents, we ask campers to keep their offerings to one activity that lasts 50 minutes. Exceptions can be made if necessary. Please provide us with a catchy title for your activity, a detailed description, and any specific accommodations you need to make the activity a success – i.e., location needs, limits to the number of participants, scheduling requests, or materials required. Once registration closes, we look at all of the offerings and put together a schedule. If we have more activities offered than time slots available, we may run a quick survey to gauge our campers’ interest in various activities. We aim to complete the schedule 1-2 weeks before camp starts.
What if more than one person offers a similar or identical activity? If we have multiple activities that are very similar or identical then we contact the campers involved and they can work it out, either by working together, one of them choosing a different interest to share, or any other arrangement that works for all parties.
What if my activity has costs involved due to materials? Most teachers donate the materials needed to make their activities a success. In some cases you can ask attendees to bring needed materials, for example, yarn and needles for a knitting class. If the costs make it prohibitive then please talk to us to see if a solution can be found.
Is camp a place to find new partners/dates? The primary focus of camp is to build community and just have fun with like-minded folks. Like any social gathering, inevitably people find themselves attracted to others and there are no restrictions on what consenting people choose to do. We are strict about consent and have adopted Planned Parenthood’s FRIES as a guideline. We strongly recommend that you discuss boundaries and expectations with existing partners before camp begins.
Are day visits permitted? No, we’ve contemplated allowing people to show up for just one day of the event, but we feel it would be jarring to have new people appear throughout the weekend. Some of these sessions can be quite intimate and the bonds formed over a long weekend sometimes make the difference between opening up or not, particularly for people who struggle with that.
What does the bedding bundle include? Camp Birch Hill provides what they call “linen bundles”, these are the same bundles that they provide during the kids summer camp. According to their website “Included in the linen bundle is: one pillow, one pillow case, one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, sleeping bag or comforter, two bath towels, one beach towel and a washcloth.”
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