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New in 2019: All-Gender Housing Option

Introducing All-Gender Cabins at Camp Tawonga

To better serve the needs of our campers, in 2019 Camp Tawonga will be piloting two all-gender cabins during Session IV. One of these cabins will be for rising 5th and 6th graders, and one will be for rising 7th and 8th graders. These cabins will be open to anyone who wants to opt in during registration. 

The all-gender cabins are 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.

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.

Parents who have registered for Session IV and whose children are in the eligible grade spread (rising 5th through 8th grade) can request for their child to live in an all-gender cabin.  We will prioritize kids who identify as non-binary, but all are welcome in these cabins. If you check the box that this is your preference during registration, we will follow up with more information and a questionnaire for you to fill out.

The all-gender cabins will have access to all-gender bathrooms and showers, as well as the boys’ and girls’ bathroom and shower facilities.

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.



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 Becca Meyer, Camp Director, at [email protected] or at 415.543.2267.


Press on All-Gender Cabins

Check out the recent press Tawonga has received on this pilot program. Our community has been very receptive to the cabins, and we are grateful for the encouragement and support to be able to center the margins for our camper community.


California’s Camp Tawonga outside Yosemite National Park pilots all-gender bunks

December 5, 2018


Jewish Camp Designates All-Gender Cabins

December 19, 2018