FAQ

What are the Accommodations Like?

Glad you asked! Camp Tawakoni is a nice, modern facility. The buildings, including the cabin we will be staying in, have air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and private showers. Our cabin has two bunk rooms that campers will be assigned to (you will not be separated in any particular way) and counselors will be staying in each bunk room. The bunk rooms have many more bunk beds than we will be using this year, so you will have plenty of space. The Camp Tawakoni website has some pictures of the Leadership Lodge where we will be staying. Although Camp Tawakoni has several cabins, Camp Sunflower will be the only camp at the site during our stay.

Is Camp Sunflower a Church Camp?

Great question! Camp Sunflower has been supported and developed by many community organizations including several open and affirming faith communities and leaders. For the first year, Camp Sunflower has also used the non-profit status of Pine Valley Christian Church. The camp itself is taking place at Camp Tawakoni, which is owned and operated by The Christian Church in Kansas. This camp is used throughout the year by many religious and secular organizations, including Camp Sunflower. Aside from those supports that have made this first year of Camp Sunflower possible, there are no religious connections to the camp itself. The programming and staffing for the camp were designed and selected independent from any religious considerations, and there will not be any religious components to camp. In short, folks of all religious and spiritual walks are welcome and celebrated in their views at Camp Sunflower. Come as you are!

What are the Backgrounds of Your Staff?

That's an important question to ask! All of our staff members have been fully background checked and selected for their relevant experience with the LGBTQ+ community and/or youth. The camp director has many years of experience with directing camps, and 5 years experience directing another residential camp for LGBTQ+ teenagers. Our staff members have "regular jobs" as teachers, community organizers, LGBTQ+ advocates, nurses, and more. When you come to Camp Sunflower, you will find a staff diverse in personality, identity, and specialization with a singular commitment to creating a safe, welcoming, fun, and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth to create community, explore identity, and have an awesome time!

How Much Does Camp Cost?

There are a number of costs associated with camp. We have been fortunate to receive the support of many generous Kansans who have helped to offset many of these costs. We ask those that are able to pay a fee to attend camp. There are scholarships available for those who need help.

How is COVID impacting Camp Sunflower?

At Camp Sunflower, we continue to monitor updates and recommendations from authorities to inform decisions about upcoming camp experiences. We are, first and foremost, concerned with safety of campers, staff, and the community. We also know that connection with the community can be a critical safety component for LGBTQ+ youth, and that those connections can be difficult to achieve through a screen. While decisions about Summer 2021 have not been finalized, we are hopeful that we can offer at least a partial in-person component. Join our mailing list to be notified of further updates.

I want to work at Camp Sunflower! How can I apply?

We'd love to talk more about your interest! Send an email to campdirector@campsunflower.org

I want to come to Camp Sunflower, but I am nervous about new people and places.
Is Camp Sunflower a place for me?

This is the most common question we get from first-time campers! For many people, planning to go to a new place for the first time can be scary. This may be especially true for a place where you do not know anyone, where you will be staying overnight, and where there may be lions and tigers and bears! Many LGBTQ+ youth might also have had negative experiences in other camp or social settings. First of all, you can rest assured that the biggest animal you will see at camp is Shaggy, our very capable lifeguard, camp-fire builder, and gear carrier (among many other things). Your other fears may be harder to dispel before camp begins, but we can tell you from experience that those fears tend to go away within the first few hours of camp. Camp Sunflower is a place where everyone is encouraged to "come as you are," and where we accept and love each other for the things that we share, and for our many differences.
 
You will find that counselors and other campers want to get to know you and make you feel included. Furthermore, you might be reassured to know that we have a mental health professional on staff who is always available (in addition to our other counselors) if you need some support. Also, we are happy to help you connect with former and returning campers via social media before camp so you know you will know some folks before you arrive. Finally, you are welcome to call or email Finn, the camp director, with any questions you have about camp.
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