All-Gender Cabin at Camp Tawonga
To better serve the needs of our campers, in 2019 Camp Tawonga piloted an all-gender cabin during Session IV. This cabin was open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders, who could opt in during registration.
Successful Pilot Year!
The pilot was a fantastic success! Campers in our our all-gender cabin, known as AG-6, bonded together, had an epic Tawonga experience and were supported by two dedicated counselors (a non-binary counselor and a male counselor). The New York Times featured the cabin and Tawonga’s gender inclusion efforts in a spotlight here.
Who Can Live in the All-Gender Cabin?
The all-gender cabin is a good option for children who prefer to bunk with children of other genders, for children who identify as non-binary, who want to bunk with a friend who is non-binary or for campers who feel this is the best fit for any reason.
The all-gender cabin will have access to all-gender bathrooms and showers, as well as the boys’ and girls’ bathroom and shower facilities.
Why Offer This Option?
Providing more choices for housing allows us to accommodate more campers’ gender identities and housing preferences. This is aligned with Tawonga’s mission of encouraging all campers to be their authentic selves. Our goal is to ensure that every child who attends Camp is welcomed, included and celebrated.
Tawonga believes there is not one right way to be a girl or be a boy and encourages all campers to be themselves regardless of what cabin they live in.
We plan to continue to offer an all-gender cabin option for our campers in the future. We are currently assessing our community’s interest and need for all-gender housing during our 2020 season, and based on this, will plan accordingly and communicate what options families have.
For more information on the pilot program, please check out our FAQs page.
Interested in Learning More?
If you’d like to learn more about this pilot program or join a focus group, please contact Shoshie Flagg, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected] or at 415.543.2267.
Press on All-Gender Cabin
Check out the recent press Tawonga has received on this pilot program. Our community has been very receptive to the all-gender cabin, and we are grateful for the encouragement and support to be able to center the margins for our camper community.
August 22, 2019
My 22, 2019
December 5, 2018